This DIY art idea is quick, uncomplicated and inexpensive. It’s easy to accomplish, like I did, during a night of TV watching. (Plus, who doesn’t love to fall asleep to Netflix and wake up to something new and pretty hanging on your wall?) I think it’d be a super fun DIY art project for a nursery, craft room or a kitchen nook. Use the template I’m providing to make a sweet little tree or create your own masterpiece using any simple silhouette. It’s an easy art project for kids too!
-This tree silhouette and bird template.
-14×10.5″ piece of wood (or whatever size works for your design). If you don’t have access to a saw, Home Depot or Lowes will cut wood for you for about 25 cents per cut. Or you can check Michael’s for wood plaques.
-Small paintbrush or a Q-tip to apply the glue to the buttons
-Buttons. If you don’t have a button stash, you can buy packs of buttons by color at Amazon, Walmart or a craft store. The more variety, the better. (These came from Walmart and cost about $8 total.)
-These swatches of designs for the birds or scrapbook paper. You want something that contrasts with your buttons. Too similar and the birds will get lost.
-A picture hanger of some sort
-(Optional) Acrylic paint for the edges of the board
1. Print the tree silhouette template and cut it out. Of course, you can use any shape you’d like. Just search “____ silhouette” to find a shape that fits your fancy.
2. Lightly trace the silhouette onto your wood.
3. Use the bird template to cut your birds out of your chosen paper. Loosely decide where you’d like them to live in the tree. Don’t glue them down quite yet.
4. Beginning at one edge and slightly overlapping your pencil line, glue your buttons down. Be careful not to use too much glue so it doesn’t seep out of the button holes. I used a Q-tip to apply the glue to each button.
5. When the buttons approach a bird, nestle the bird in amid the buttons in a way allows the buttons to snuggle in close. I found that using smaller buttons near the birds helped with this.
6. If you’d like, paint the edges of your board for a little pop of color.
7. Apply a picture hanger to the back of your wood board. AS Hanging Systems has plenty of snazzy wall hangers that would work great. There you go! Plop your button art up on the wall and sit back to admire it’s textured niftiness.
This post was sponsored by AS Hanging Systems. If you can make it, they have a way to hang it. Head over and check out all the options they have for hanging your crafty eye candy.
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