Aqua heart button canvas

Make a unique canvas with a button wreathMost 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:

Make a unique canvas with a button wreathIf 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

IMG_5123Paint the canvas white. A canvas typically comes un-prepped, so you are preparing the surface by painting it. Let it dry.

IMG_5136I 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.

IMG_5137I overlapped the tape at each intersection.

IMG_5138Then I used my craft knife to trim away the excess stencil tape. Be sure not to cut through the canvas.

IMG_5139Use 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.

IMG_5171Seal the canvas with a coat of Mod Podge.

IMG_5176Use buttons to lay out your wreath pattern. This takes some time, but it’s fun.

IMG_5179Glue 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).

IMG_5178Paint 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.

Make a unique canvas with a button wreathLet 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.


  1. Lolly Jane says

    Love this. Pinning it! Have never seen a button wreath before, hats off to an original project in blogland!! (:

  2. Infarrantly Creative says

    Dang too bad you are not heading through Indiana on your jaunt or I’d take this one too. You just need to leave it behind in Hotlanta so I can get it when I come back 😉

  3. Ann @ makethebestofthings says

    First the color grabbed me and then the cute jumped up and caught my attention. Love everything about this project. Very colorful and clever and so adaptable to other colors and even holidays. Good job!

  4. says

    Hi Amy! I love Mod-Podge too! I saw your link at the Somwhat Simple linky party and had to stop by to say hello and get a better look at your DIY! Luv it!! I am pinning this project on my DIY pinboard as a must do! So glad I found your blog – I am your newest follower. Please visit my blog and say hello. I love making new bloggy friends, comments and followers :) Have a wonderful day!
    Heather @

  5. creativejewishmom/sara says

    so cute and so you! I knew when I saw the little photo on the party list that it had to be yours! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! xoxoxoxo

  6. Our Pinteresting Family says

    I’ve never used Mod Podge before but I think this might be a project I might not be too intimidated to handle. It’s beautiful and I love your colors. I saw your blog on the tater tots and jello link party. I’m your newest follower. :) ~ Megan

  7. janet says

    thats a lovely canvas,
    something different from flowers and faces…
    cool and easy to make