I love kitschy little home decor items/wall hangings, because a little color goes a long way to spice up a room. ESPECIALLY when you live in an apartment (hello Mod Podge Command Central) and you can’t paint the walls. I have a love affair with buttons; I would marry them if I could. I decided to spice up a boring wall in my room with this cute little piece, incorporating my very favorite buttons and, of course, Mod Podge. Here’s how to make it.
Gather These Supplies
- Frame – mine is from the Dollar Tree
- Spray Paint or Acrylic Paint
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Flat paintbrush
- Scrapbook paper – one sheet
- Buttons – as many as you want; I used 15
- Craft glue
- Craft knife and mat
- Pencil or pen
Let’s do this thing!
You are going to laugh, but I actually had this frame, spray painted Robin’s Blue, in my craft stash. I don’t remember when I spray painted it nor do I know where the back went. I do know that I got the frame from Dollar Tree and that it was black.When you get your frame, you can spray paint it like I did or paint it with acrylic paint (color of your choice). You’ll want to seal it with Mod Podge though, because spray paint will chip off of cheap frames. Whatever you do, start with a frame.
Because I lost the back of my frame, I had to cut a frame back from a spare piece of cardboard. This was SO easy. Just measure and cut with an X-Acto. If you are not absent minded and have your frame back, skip this step.
Lay your frame back down onto your sheet of scrapbook paper and trace. I actually had a Sassafras Lass sheet from the Nerdy Bird collection that looked like lined school paper. I liked it. Cut it out with your craft knife.
Use your flat paintbrush to paint a medium layer of Mod Podge onto your frame back. Coat thoroughly.
Quickly place down your scrapbook paper and SMOOTH. Keep smoothing until all of the bubbles are removed. You can use your hands – you see that I am using a brayer. Love this tool; great investment if you don’t have one! Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Place the back into the frame – you are almost done! Now you just have to glue down the buttons. I picked 15 buttons from my stash and laid them out before I glued them down (spaced them how I wanted them). Need a lead on some cool buttons? Go here for some great selection and deals.
If you are ready to take your button art to the next level, check out this button tree canvas from my friend Amanda!