For a couple of months now I've been wanting to do some DIY wall art for Missy Moo's room. I know I could have gone out and bought some art/pictures but she and I wanted to get our craft on and spend some time together (and I'm
So last weekend, whilst our men folk were out we took over the kitchen table armed with only our imaginations, buttons, scrapbooking supplies, my laptop/printer and an IKEA frame. In just over an hour (positioning the buttons with two Type-A people tends to take more time) we had a cute picture for her room!
While this is an easy craft it took me awhile to actually do it. I started thinking about this craft back in the summer. See how motivated I am!?! I'm just a go-getter! I had seen a monogram button art picture on Pinterest (it's like crack for moms) and I was intrigued. Missy Moo was on board for helping me with this craft so off we went to our local thrift store and perused their used buttons. See we're crafty and environmentally conscious
I was all good for the other 'craft ingredients'. I found a box of forgotten IKEA white picture frames in our basement (it's amazing what you'll find when you scour your own house for loot!!). I also have a plethora of scrapbooking papers, adhesives etc that I purchased in several moments of insanity years ago when I jumped wholeheartedly on the scrapbooking bandwagon only to find that I have the attention span of a drunken gnat. If anyone wants to see pictures from 80% of my trip to Italy five years ago let me know.So we had craft supplies. Check. Now, by using my mad math skills I figure this craft will cost me less than $10 since I won't use all the buttons and all the other supplies are considered 'free' since I bought them a long time ago. Don't try to understand my 'free money' math logic. I've made intelligent men (women seem to grasp this concept with no issues) bang their heads against walls trying to understand me. "But it's not free if you bought it - even if it was a long time ago!" Brad has tried numerous times in the past to grasp my 'free money' logic only to leave the conversation shaking his head. It's one of the reasons he loves me ... I think.
Anyway, here's how you make a loverly button monogram! There are the items you'll need:
- paper (for your letter stencil)
- Scotch tape
- heavy cardstock (for your background)
- buttons in all shapes and sizes
- glue dots/squares
- picture frame (with removable glass)
If you're rolling in the dough and have money to burn on ink cartridges or printer toner then you can skip this next part. If you're frugal like moi and want to save your printer toner/ink you'll want to print out only the outline of your letter. Highlight the letter and right click. Select 'Font'. Under "Effects" choose "Outline". Print out the outline of your letter. If it fits your frame properly cut it out.
On a piece of thick cardstock that has been cut to fit your frame, centre your paper letter and lightly trace it out with a pencil.
I used a small piece of Scotch tape to secure the top of my "R" onto the cardstock to stop it from moving while I traced it. Note: desticky the tape a bit by sticking it to your pants or shirt a few times so the tape doesn't stick to your cardstock too well and damage it. Now you're ready to add the buttons!
Missy Moo and I placed the larger buttons on our "R" first then filled in the rest of the space with the smaller buttons and finally some little brads and some cute diamonds with adhesive on the back. We also made sure to balance the colours of the buttons we used as well -- you don't want all the blue on one side and pink on the other. That kind of thing not only looks wonky but it stresses me out!!
Once you have a general idea of what you'd like to do with your buttons it's time to 'glue' them on. When I say 'glue' what I mean is we need to adhere them. Honestly, I wouldn't suggest using a liquid glue. It'll be messy and, with a lot of buttons, might make your cardstock a bit soggy. You also don't want glue squishing out, right?
Once you're done, remove the glass from your frame, fit your cardstock into it and replace the frame backing. Voila! Instant art and a fun afternoon with your eight year old!!
What cool DIY art projects have you tried your hand at?
Inspired by: Pinterest
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