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!!
- 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.
- Apply some liquid adhesive around to help buttons stick.
- While paint and adhesive is wet, start sticking down buttons. DO NOT be picky. Just GO!
- 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.