Turn a Pile of Buttons Into A Thoughtful Gift

Recognizing the moms in our lives is a wonderful tradition we have the honour of celebrating each Spring. These women give tirelessly of themselves to make our lives better on a daily basis. Let’s show them how much we care and appreciate all they do with something made with love.

This special piece of art can be made in an afternoon and uses things you probably already have on hand. You will just need a stash of buttons, an old frame, and some burlap.

old frame buttons and burlap

The Background

Start your gift by removing the glass and backing from an old frame. Cut a piece of cardboard the size of the frame and wrap it in burlap.

wrapping cardboard in burlap

Give the frame a coat of white paint and then place the burlap-covered cardboard into it. Secure any loose burlap ends with hot glue.

adding burlap to a vintage frame

vintage frame painted white with burlap

Your Masterpiece

Using small white, clear, and/or ivory buttons, begin spelling out the word Love leaving a blank spot where the letter o will go. Try and use only flat buttons as they will lay much better on the burlap.

Once you have laid the letters out in a way you like, add a dab of hot glue to the back of each one to secure them in place.

using buttons to spell letters

Finish the piece off by making it extra special with a meaningful piece of faux jewellery. Attach the treasured piece in place of the letter o with or without a button behind it.

vintage jewelry used in art

I hope this gives you a fun idea for something special you can make for those you are celebrating this Mother’s Day!

buttons turned into art

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buttons turned into art


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4 Comments on " Turn a Pile of Buttons Into A Thoughtful Gift "

  1. Lisa

    Hi Lisa, This is a lovely idea! I have everything I need to do it, except for the milk paint for my frame. I enjoy looking at your creative ideas!

    1. Lisa

      Aww, thanks so much, Darlene! I’m so glad you enjoy them 🙂

  2. Lisa

    This is beautiful, Lisa, and would be make such a great gift idea too. I just pinned and I’m definitely looking for mother of pearl buttons now too. They’re gorgeous! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Lisa

      Aww, thanks so much Coco! It was a fun project and makes a great gift too <3

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