DIY Art Using My Mother's Buttons

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You can create a wide variety of different art projects using little more than your mother's buttons. Learn about do it yourself art using your mother's buttons with help from a graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hey everyone, this is Gene, and I'm a graphic designer and illustrator. I've been working in the industry for about 15 years, and today we're gonna do some more DIY art, and this is going to be with my mother's buttons. So, don't you use my mom's buttons, because she only has so many in her sewing kit, and I've already raided it. So, there's probably not a whole lot left for you to work with. So maybe check your mom's sewing kit, and if she doesn't have any buttons, probably shouldn't tear any off of any clothes in the house that you want and just raid people's closets. So as you can see here, we have a ton of buttons, and what I also have with me is I have some ribbon, I have some glue, a bunch of different kinds of glue, and I have some safety pins. So, man, there's so much that you can do with buttons. I'm only gonna just barely touch on it today, but one of the things you can do is you can take a length of ribbon here, and I'm just gonna grab the scissors, and kids, make sure you get your parent's help with this. Grab some scissors. Cut off a little length of ribbon, and then you can string a bunch of different buttons onto the ribbon. As I have done here. And you can space them out however you'd like. And the other cool thing is, since a lot of these buttons have several holes, you can loop it back in through the hole, and basically lock the button into place. So right now you can see they slide pretty much all over the place, but if I wanted to give this one a little more of a locked position, just take the ribbon and slide it through the opposite hole, and what that's gonna do is that's gonna provide more friction for this button to have to overcome if it wants to slide down the ribbon. Just like that. And as you can see, it's a little bit more difficult. It still has some play, but it's a little bit more difficult for it to slide now. So you can take a couple of different colored buttons and make yourself a little bracelet with these. You can bunch them all up together in a row like this and do the same thing. So your bracelet is a little bit rounder. And when you're done stringing everything together, grab a safety pin and open up, be careful, don't stick yourself with it, just put this pin end through the one end of the bracelet, and then again through the other end. And again, be careful. And then close that up, and you can wear that, well this one is about the size of my thumb. I have pretty big hands, so you can wear that as a little button ring, or you can make a larger one, use it as a bracelet or as a necklace. You can make a crown. All sorts of things you can do. Other things you can do is you can add buttons to any of you drawings or paintings. Like let's say you draw a picture of a person. You can just use a, our trusty glue stick and dab the paper a few times with some glue, and then actually glue buttons to his shirt where he would have buttons. Say if you're drawing a snowman or something, you'll have a couple of buttons right down the front there, or they can be eyes. There's all sorts of things you can do with buttons. So, get a little experimental and just, you know, have a little fun and see what you can do. Alright, so there's some quick things that we can do using buttons, and these specifically are my mother's buttons. So, thanks for watching. If you have any questions let us know, and we'll see you next time.


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