Button Challenge

You know what is super cool? As part of my job with Simon Says Stamp & Show, I get to pick the challenges each week. So when I realized we hadn’t yet addressed my FAVORITE supply and thing to shop for – I knew I had to do something about it. So I am VERY excited this week that our challenge is buttons. Just craft anything with a button (or a dozen!) and post it to enter the challenge this week. It’s WIDE open – be sure to visit the blog to see all of the other creations and to enter. This week’s prize (as always) is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp! The winner is randomly drawn – you can enter by posting to your blog, flickr, or other site too. See the blog for entry details and rules as usual.

So… what did I make? Well I really wanted to make a button-focused frame or mirror. I couldn’t find a mirror I wanted to use (that was cheap) so I went frame.


The how-to for a project like this is incredibly simple!!

  1. Get a frame (or mirror, etc) and cover it with paint. Use colored paint, or do as I did and use white paint + mist or other liquid color.
  2. Apply some liquid adhesive around to help buttons stick.
  3. While paint and adhesive is wet, start sticking down buttons. DO NOT be picky. Just GO!
  4. Things looking a bit wild? not thrilled with some of the colors? NO PROBLEM! Mix a bit of PPA + gesso or white paint and use a paintbrush to spread it lightly over the buttons. This will give a cool look, but also serve as adhesive so you can sprinkle some clear glitter over and add a layer of sparkle.


Love that this project you really don’t have to be super particular – just stick buttons down and have fun! I recommend picking a few colors and just not thinking too hard about placement. The more random, the better!


Now this frame – I’m not sure about the photo in fact I think I will try and find a 5×7 mirror piece to fit inside here instead! But I placed the photo so you could see how it might look.


Here’s a great thing about this project – you could make these to suit any season, theme, or color scheme you want! You could add in metal bits, charms, resin bits, and more! Add in chipboard letters, paper flowers, whatever you like! I just happen to love the simplicity of just using my button drawers.

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17 thoughts on “Button Challenge”

  1. Oh I LOVE buttons, what a cool frame May. Love the last layer with the paint and glitter, and I also love how you painted the frame with a few splodges of blue and a big run of white and mixed the paint on the frame. Thanks for sharing. Maddy x

  2. Very cute, May! Love this idea and how you’ve used so many random buttons to create such a cute and dimensional frame. I also love the glitter you’ve used on them. Makes them pop even more! I think a mirror would also be a really cute thing to use with this frame…quite a fun piece! <3 Candy

  3. Love your frame. I have been looking all over
    for inexpensive mirrors, where I can decorate the
    frame. If you ever find any would love for you
    to let us know in a post.

  4. Love this May! Such a sweet idea for using lots of buttons. The painted layer on top of the buttons and the glitter brings everything together so nicely.

  5. Beautiful photo and frame to match, May! The color combination just screams BEACH and the glitter finish is just icing on the cake 🙂

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. I love buttons and this looks like fun. I think the frame and the picture go together, as to me the frame just screams beach/ocean. Love the glitter-reminds me of sand in the sun. Great project and thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Lovely dimensional frame May, the buttons make it so tactile and frame your photo beautifully . Love the lend of colours you used and the touch of sparke is lovely. Tracy x

  8. Uber cute frame….perfect match with the photo! Great Father’s Day gift. Loved the paint on the buttons with the glitter which takes it to the next level (you just convinced this non-glitter gal that she needs some). thank you!

  9. I love buttons, too, and have quite a collection. I love how all the different, bright buttons were toned down by the glitter. Sparkly and yet subdued – nice!

  10. Now this is how you use buttons baby!!! LOVE it!!! I really love the how you lightened them up and gave them a little glitter too!!!! Beautiful!

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