You know Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I had to do my part to contribute to the crafty projects out there. I wanted a door hanging and I wanted to use buttons – this canvas is what I came up with. I’m tickled pink (I mean purple, orange and black). I’m thinking that I should do one for Christmas as well, but we’re so not even there yet, right? Here’s how I made this lovely hanging.
Gather These Supplies
Square canvas – mine is 12″ x 12″
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Titanium White
Mod Podge Gloss
Cardstock – 1 sheet of purple
Buttons – black and orange mix
Felt – 1 piece of black
Scissors or craft knife and mat
Sharpie – Ultra Fine in Black
Ribbon – Black, at least 50″
Sizzix Big Shot and Bats #3 Die – if you don’t have a die cutter, then hand cut some bat shapes
Diving into my button bin is one of life’s little pleasures. As you can see, I pulled out a bunch of orange and black buttons in various sizes. I wasn’t sure how many I was going to use, so I just made sure that I had a bunch. Set them aside.
Here’s my square canvas. The only reason that I’m showing you this picture is to mention that you probably won’t want to go any smaller than 12″ x 12″ because it will be difficult to make your buttons into a wreath – especially if you have larger buttons. You can go bigger if you would like.
Paint your canvas white. This isn’t necessarily required, but if you feel the canvas, it’s very textured without a coat of paint. I always coat a canvas with paint to prepare it, even if it’s white. Paint helps smooth it out. That and I become nervous if a canvas isn’t painted – weird quirk.
Quickly put your paper down onto the canvas and smooth, smooth, smooth. The great thing about canvas is that it is flat, so you can smooth from the front and from the back. Wipe away any Mod Podge that comes out the sides. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
You may notice in this picture that the color of my paper has changed. Yep! I messed up the first time around. My paper was kattywompus on the canvas, so either the canvas wasn’t straight or my vision wasn’t. Hmmm. I cut a new piece of paper and Podged it down, then waiting the 15 – 20 minutes.
Once it’s dry, spread a layer over the entire canvas. Allow to dry.
Whee, buttons!! This is the part that takes some time and little adjusting. Grab your buttons and start placing them down in a circle on the purple paper. You’ll be replacing small buttons with larger ones, moving some to make your wreath look more circular and then switching positions. You’ll get there eventually! Once you are happy with your buttons positioning, glue them down with the craft glue.
My canvas needed a little something extra, so I took my Sharpie and added some “stitching” around the paper and then in the corners. You might want to use a ruler to help you. I had to.
As a finishing touch, cut your bats out of felt (either with your die cutter or by hand) and then glue onto your wreath. Allow to dry before displaying.