Fun with Button Art

See how I made this cute flower with old buttons from my grandmothers sewing cabinet.

While cleaning up my office/craft room I came across an old collection of buttons from my grandmother. She passed away just before I got married so my husband and I moved into her home. She was an avid sewer and I was lucky enough to be able to keep some of her notions and handy sewing tools.

So when I saw the buttons after all these years I thought, why not make something special to remember her by. I remembered seeing wall hangings of hearts, made with old jewelry pieces, so I thought I’d try my hand at making some cool button art in the shape of a flower.

See how I made this cute flower with old buttons from my grandmothers sewing cabinet.

I already had a small canvas and I printed out some clipart to use as a guide.

Remember this old tracing trick? Using a regular pencil scribble on the back of the clipart then turn it over and trace the image on top of the canvas. It will leave a nice light outline.

See how I made this cute flower with old buttons from my grandmothers sewing cabinet.

See how I made this cute flower with old buttons from my grandmothers sewing cabinet.

Then came the fun part.

I started with the biggest black button with the cute silver flowers around the middle. I couldn’t help wondering what she used these for. Maybe one of those sixties sheath dresses with the big buttons down the middle. Or a beautiful winter coat.

Using the outline as a guide I played around until I got something that I liked and then hot glued the buttons in place.

See how I made this cute flower with old buttons from my grandmothers sewing cabinet.

Using a little green craft paint and water I painted in a pretty stem with leaves.

See how I made this cute flower with old buttons from my grandmothers sewing cabinet.

It was really easy. I can’t decide if I want a frame this button art or not.

Either way I love that I have something special hanging on my wall from grandma.

See how I made this cute flower with old buttons from my grandmothers sewing cabinet.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. I have these very same buttons from my mother and sixof the black and silver one in the middle! I love this idea. I have so many of these old buttons and just love them. I hadn’t decided exactly what to do with them. Now you’ve given me a place to start. Thanks!

    • Hi Pam,

      That’s so interesting. I’m sure you will come up with something special.
      I can tell you that I love looking at mine. It’s so cheery and it reminds me of Grandma. Thanks for stopping by.
      Patti

  2. So pretty Patti. I love everything about this project.

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