Button art is a growing obsession for me. Buttons come in so many shapes, sizes and colors, which makes for endless art possibilities and holiday customizations, like this “lucky you” sign for St. Patrick’s Day.
Glue the buttons on using quick dry glue. Even though the glue is “quick dry” I like to let the finished product rest for several hours before hanging it up.
What You’ll Need:
10 x 10-inch wooden board with hanging apparatus
pink buttons (80-90)
red buttons (60-70)
orange buttons (50-60)
yellow buttons (40-50)
green buttons (30-40 + 4 for the clover)
blue buttons (25-35)
purple buttons (15-25)
black buttons (60-70)
gold buttons (15-20)
quick dry glue
green puffy paint
white puffy paint
First, use your pencil to draw a pot and some rough lines for a rainbow. You might need to adjust the size as you start gluing on buttons, but that’s okay. Glue on one layer of buttons at a time. Don’t worry about the gaps — you’ll cover those up later.
Also don’t worry if your arch isn’t perfect. You can fix that when you glue on the next layer of buttons.
Once you’ve finished the first rainbow layer go back and do a second layer for the pot. That will give the rainbow a chance to dry a bit more. Don’t add the gold pieces until you’re satisfied with the pot.
For the second rainbow layer, complete one color before moving onto the next. That will help you formulate the shape. The hardest part about button art is knowing when to stop. For every color but pink I added three layers. I added a fourth layer to the pink because I didn’t shape it as well. (However, don’t worry if it’s not perfect, because nothing is!)
Let the rainbow and the pot of gold dry. Use your pencil to write “LUCKY YOU” beneath the rainbow, but instead of an “O” use four buttons to form a clover. Trace the “LUCKY” in white puffy paint. Glue on the buttons for the clover before tracing the “Y” and “U” in white puffy paint. Finally, use the green puffy paint to draw a stem for the clover.
Let me know if you have any questions! Tag me @rosesandwhiskers on Instagram if you try it and use the hashtag #rosesandwhiskers.
Happy crafting! 🙂