Did you ever play the button game when you were little – “button, button, who’s got the button?” It’s funny how working on a project with something like buttons, brings back a memory like that!! The other night I was having a bout of insomnia and decided to use that time to get creative with buttons! I pulled out my glass jar of buttons and began picking out small white buttons and pale, spring colored buttons.
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My idea was to make a heart shape out of all of these buttons. I remembered that Yvonne at Stone Gable blog had done a project like this for Valentine’s Day a few years ago, and I wanted to do something similar. You can see Yvonne’s framed button heart HERE.
I decided to use Tacky Glue instead of my glue gun because I like that it’s a little forgiving – it’s easier to reposition something with tacky glue. The first thing I did was go through some frames that I had on hand and I found this sweet, little wood one that I thought would be perfect for this project. The frame was a gray color and I just lightened it up with some white and cream colored craft paint. I used a dry brush method so you can still see peeks of the gray paint underneath.
I then got a piece of chipboard – you don’t have to go out and buy chipboard. You can use the back of an old notepad or cut up an empty cereal box – again, just get creative and use what you have in your home. I traced the opening of the frame with a pencil onto the chipboard and cut it out. I found a scrap piece of neutral fabric and attached it to the chipboard with a general purpose spray adhesive.
Remember this was done between 1 and 2 a.m., so I don’t really have any “in process” pics, but it’s the kind of project you can just be creative and make the heart shape the size you need for the frame you use. I didn’t even draw out a heart shape – I just let it come together organically.
Doesn’t this framed button heart look cute on my nightstand with the simple pitcher of white dutch tulips? I hope you’ll give this little project a try. It’s so easy that you can pull this together in an hour and have it on display for Valentine’s Day. And, for me, it was the perfect quick project to get me through some insomnia! By the time I was finished gluing my hearts in place, I was ready to head to bed for a restful night’s sleep!