When Buttons Galore asked me if I’d like to play with some buttons and make a project for this blog hop I said – of course! Normally my handcrafted holiday fun is more about gift wrapping, card making, and home décor but I’m always up for a new challenge. If you’re new to my blog and finding me via the blog hop – welcome! Please do leave me a comment.
For a project like mine you’ll need a blank notebook, a bunch of buttons (I used buttons galore wood, plum pudding, and purple passion mixes) as well as some clear-drying liquid adhesive, alphabet stickers, beads, and glitter glue.
To start off with in a pale color pen draw your desired shape on the cover. This is just a marking to help you place your adhesive.
Next up, fill the shape with liquid adhesive.
Now the fun really begins! Add your alphabet stickers first (if using any), and then begin filling one side of your shape. Note that a lone wood veneer heart got into the mix with mine – I’m all for using what you’ve got!
The next step is simply to continue filling in your shape. LOTS of liquid adhesive is a good thing! I also recommend working with some larger shapes first, then filling in with smaller buttons.
Once the shape really starts looking good you can layer some buttons (small) atop other buttons for more dimension and to take care of any awkward gaps.
Once you’re done with buttons it’s time to have some fun with beads!
Any beads will work here. Epoxy dots, glitter glue, tiny micro beads or buttons, and other small items also are good choices. We’re going to just pour some beads all over, then shake off the excess.
If some are sticking where you don’t want beads stuck, just grab a paintbrush and assist them either to where you would like some more beads, or just scoop them off the project entirely.
Let your project fully dry, and then if desired add in dimensional paint or glitter glue to fill in any final spots that need it.
This project is so much fun, and you can decorate the cover of a simple notebook, journal, artist sketchbook, art journal, or even scrapbook album and customize a gift for a loved one while having a lot of fun too. This is also a great project to have school age children help out with – I know mine sure do love playing with buttons!
Thank you to Buttons Galore for asking me to rock some button craftiness today (you know I’m always up for that!) it was a lot of fun. I love how this project turned out and can’t wait to delight a friend with it this Christmas.
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