Sewing Room/Studio Wall Art Buttons
This was a really fun project for me. I am in the middle of reorganizing and rearranging my studio/office and have been looking for ideas that will keep me inspired throughout each day that I spend in it.
So, while I was looking for some wall art, I stumbled upon the idea for wall art buttons. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any great tutorials or already done buttons that were exactly what I was looking for, so I ultimately decided to go out on a limb and make my own. I also got to thinking that there might be more people like me that were looking for some button wall art, but didn’t particularly know where to begin looking for a good tutorial, so here I am sharing my journey making these with you.
Let’s begin. Start by gathering your supplies:
- 3 – 8” Wood Plaques
- Rafia or some other medium to act as your thread
- One package of 1” Scotch Removable Mounting Squares or Tabs
- Drill with 5/8” drill bit
- Crackle Medium
- Paint Brushes
- Water Container
- Cleaning Cloth
- Drop Cloth
- Painter’s Paper to cover your surface
- Something to hold your paint
- Something to mix your paint, if needed
- Paper Towels
- Covered surface to keep your supplies
- Covered surface to keep your buttons while they dry
Now to get down to business:
Drill your buttonholes in your plaques. I drilled 4, but you can drill 2, if you would like.
Sand your wood to make it smooth. You want to remove any splinters or poky pieces, so they don’t get caught in your brush.
Use your cleaning cloth to remove the dust from the sandpaper off of your plaques.
Paint the back of your buttons and the buttonholes with burnt umber paint and let dry.
When dry to touch, paint the front of your buttons and touch up the buttonholes, if needed. And let dry overnight. You want your first coat of paint to be completely dry before you apply the crackle medium.
Now is a good time to clean your brushes to prepare for the next step.
When you are quite sure that your first coat of paint is completely dry, get out your crackle medium and coat first the back of your button and the buttonholes. Let dry. And then coat the front of your buttons. Set aside and let completely dry several hours or overnight.
The crackle medium takes forever to dry, so be prepared to be patient.
When your crackle medium is completely dry paint the back of each button in the color that you want the button to be when completed; remembering to also paint the inside of the buttonholes. Let dry.
And then paint the top of each button with the same color and do any touch-up work, if needed. Lay your buttons aside on your covered surface and allow to dry overnight, so that the paint can cure and is good and dry.
When your paint is good and dry, cut a length of approximately 1 ½ yds of raffia or other medium that you are using for your thread for each button and hand weave it through the buttonholes in each button. Keep the starting end and the ending end a bit long so you can tie off the ends. I went through each buttonhole 3 times. You can follow my lead or do more or less or none at all. It is totally up to you and how you would like your finished buttons to look.
After you have made sure that your buttons are completely dry and each button has been threaded, they are now ready to hang. Attach one or two of your 1” Scotch Removable Mounting Squares or Tabs to the back of each button or make a loop with the raffia or other threading medium and hang each one it its pre-designated place of honor.
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will love your button wall art as much as I love mine.
Congratulations on a job well done!!!