Button art on the cheap

How to make button art on the cheapI 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.

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Let’s do this thing!

IMG_1796You 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.

IMG_1795Because 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.

IMG_1797Lay 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.

IMG_1798Use your flat paintbrush to paint a medium layer of Mod Podge onto your frame back. Coat thoroughly.

IMG_1799Quickly 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.

IMG_1800Once the paper is dry, paint over the top with Mod Podge. Apply a medium coat and allow to dry again.

IMG_1801Place 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.

How to make button art on the cheapLet your button art dry about 24 hours before you hang. Wasn’t that easy? Make two or three for a cute little button art series on your wall.

If you are ready to take your button art to the next level, check out this button tree canvas from my friend Amanda!


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  1. Stacia says

    A brayer??? Ah haa. I did a little project today in which a brayer would have come in handy. I will add it to my shopping list. Thanks! By the way, this is my first time here & I’m glad I found you!

  2. Kari @ Ucreate says

    Amy! This is such a fun project for my little girl’s room. Love buttons…love this! I’ll be featuring!

  3. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says

    Oh Amy Amy Amy…this has got to be one of my favorite decoupage projects yet. I love it. I have so many buttons if I placed them end to end they would….probably fit the length of California…no kidding. I love buttons and they are everywhere! hahahaha…this is so great I can’t wait to try this. Yipeee.

  4. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says

    Woo! That’s so cute! I love the lined paper you used for the background. Really, who COULDN’T use one of these? Thanks – so inspiring!

  5. Carmie, the Single Nester says

    I love this! Very kitshy! Every Tuesday, I host a Turquoise Tuesday party and since this frame is turquoise, you might want to link up.

  6. Jen says

    I too love buttons! I feel like I have offically hit the big time now that you have commented on my blog. Thanks for making my day! smiles, JEN

  7. pam says

    Very, very cute! Simple! Charming! Eye-catching! Adorable! Fun! And I just love it! You have made ME want to collect cool buttons!

  8. says

    That is so cute! Thanks so much for the great idea, I’ll be linking.

  9. Sweet Deal says

    This gives new meaning to the phrase “cute as a button!” I love it!


  10. Aisyah Helga says

    How cute! I love buttons. Will have to do this soon! I’ll link this to my blog,thanks!

  11. says

    This is such a lovely idea! (And the colors are gorgeous.) I’m gonna put your link on our MOPS message board for craft leaders. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Van says

    Very cute, a great way to display favorite buttons that you can’t bear to use…yet.

  13. Amanda@The Hand Me Down House says

    Cute project! So easy — but seriously adorable! Good job! :)

  14. ★All Thingz Related★ says

    Thanks so much for joining us for our 13th Anything Related party!

  15. Anonymous says

    Love it. I did something similar but used similar old buttons (pearlized,same colour,etc) and used card stock solid colour and pasted buttons on. Was able to put glass back on (had to use duct tape on some to keep together . Have a full wall of these in bedroom. Looks great

  16. Lori says

    This is perfect! My friend has a 3yo daughter who is moving into a “big girl room”. When asked how she wanted her room to look, she said she wanted BUTTONS all over. Thanks for a great project!


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