Most of you know I love buttons. So to celebrate “My Aqua Valentine,” I decided to do another button canvas – in none other than . . . turquoise. Wouldn’t this make some fun wall art or a mantel display? As you can see down in the lower left, there is a blingy little heart:
If you are traditional Valentine’s Day person, you can do this in pink or red, but of course I encourage a shade of blue since that is the theme. Here’s how to make it.
Gather These Supplies
10″ x 10″ blank canvas
FolkArt acrylic paint – Titanium White, Turquoise
FolkArt Extreme Glitter – Aqua
Mod Podge Matte
Buttons – lots of them in the colors of your choice
Wood heart piece
Paintbrush and/or foam spouncer
Paint the canvas white. A canvas typically comes un-prepped, so you are preparing the surface by painting it. Let it dry.
I wanted a border around the edge of my canvas, so I used a ruler, pencil and stencil tape to make one. The border was 1/4″ inside the rim of the canvas, and it was 1/4″ wide. Use a pencil to mark where the tape should go, then tape just on the outside of the pencil marks. That way, when you paint, you cover the pencil marks.
I overlapped the tape at each intersection.
Then I used my craft knife to trim away the excess stencil tape. Be sure not to cut through the canvas.
Use a spouncer or paint brush to paint your border. Give several coats and peel up the stencil tape while still wet. Then let the paint dry.
Seal the canvas with a coat of Mod Podge.
Use buttons to lay out your wreath pattern. This takes some time, but it’s fun.
Glue each button down separately. If you have shaky fingers like I do, then tweezers help you pick out the tiny buttons and then put them back in (with a dab of glue).
Paint your wooden heart with a coat of Turquoise. Let it dry and then paint three coats of Extreme Glitter over the top. Glue your heart to a spot on the wreath.
Let everything dry before displaying your button wreath. I’m loving all the aqua and turquoise in my life right now.
Come back for more My Aqua Valentine projects all this week.