DIY-Art-Tutorial-Buttons 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! DIY-Art-Ideas-Using-Buttons1

INGREDIENTS:
-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.
-Tacky Glue
-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

DIY-Art-Ideas-Using-Buttons-2 DIY-Art-Ideas-Using-Buttons3 DIY-Art-Ideas-Using-Buttons4 DIY-Art-Ideas-Using-Buttons5 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. DIY-Art-Ideas-Using-Buttons-8 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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13 Responses to TUTORIAL: DIY Art With Buttons

  1. Monica says:

    Oo, I love this! I am always looking for DIY wall art ideas, and this one is great! :)
    ♥♥Monica
    mon makes things

  2. I officially love this! I’m already brainstorming what I want to make!

  3. Emily says:

    ooo I love button art!! So cute! the birds in the tree are adorable! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?
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  4. This is such a great idea!! Would be super cute as you said for a nursery :) .

  5. Michelle says:

    I love the little birdies! So cute.

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  7. Penny says:

    Love your button art! I am wondering if this would work on canvas as well?

    • Make and Do Girl says:

      Hey Penny,

      I think using canvas is a great idea! As much as I love to use power tools, I’m all for simplifying things and I think canvas is a great alternative to wood.

      Happy gluing!

      j

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