Buttons can be used in many art projects. You can find them in many colors, shapes and sizes, and they are made of plastic, glass, metal, clay and resin. You can even make your own from wood, bone or polymer clay. Buttons can be used in children's art projects as well as in intricate works of art.
Button Picture Frame
You can transform an ordinary wooden picture frame into an original work of art with buttons. Using a glue gun, attach flat buttons to the frame in any way that you choose. The buttons can be all one color or in any combination of colors that you like. You can cover the frame entirely, or glue them in a straight line for a whimsical effect. You can also add to this project by embellishing the buttons with sequins, ribbons and beads.
Summer Flip Flop Sandals
You can dress up a pair of flip flop sandals with colorful buttons. For this project you will need a pair of ordinary flip flops, a glue gun and some flat plastic buttons. Select the buttons according to your choice of colors. They should be just wide enough to cover the exposed straps of the sandals. Glue the buttons in place with the glue gun. You will be able to wear them as soon as the glue dries.
Button Art Collage
To make a button collage you will need black card stock, a variety of different flat buttons and glue. Manipulate the buttons on the card stock to create a design. You can create a pattern or something such as a fish, sun, moon, tree or abstract design. Another idea is to print words in small buttons and fill in the spaces around the words with larger ones. Be as creative and make your work as detailed as you wish. When you are finished, frame your button collage in a shadowbox frame.
In order to make a button bracelet you will need approximately twenty buttons, a length of quarter inch elastic that is slightly larger than your wrist, a needle and thread. Choose buttons that are as wide as or wider than the elastic. Any color or style of button will work for this project. Sew the buttons onto the elastic, using whatever colors of thread you choose. You can even use clear thread. Cover the entire elastic with buttons until you reach the ends. Once you are close to either of the ends, measure the bracelet around your wrist. Overlap the ends about one half inch and sew them together. Make sure that the entire circumference of the bracelet is covered with buttons. Because your bracelet is made of elastic it will fit easily over your hand and it should be durable enough to last a long time.
- Better Homes and Gardens: Easy Button Kid Crafts
- "Button! Button!: 50 Cute & Crafty Projects": Taylor, Terry; 2008
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