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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, VIC, Australia
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A striking wall decoration made from buttons

I have a large collection of buttons, so this didn't make much of a dint in my collection.
I used approximately 200 for my 37cm letter.

Don't use paper to glue the buttons on to because the buttons will be too heavy and the glue will make the paper not sit flat.

UPDATE: The frame I used was 77x51cm. Clearly it doesn't need to be that large but having the negative space does look nice too.



  1. How to make a piece of button art. Framed Button Letters - Step 1 1

    Print off a letter of your choice in a size that fits your frame.

    It needs to be farely large (think about an A4 page at least) or you will loose the detail and shape when you make it out of buttons.

    Cut out the letter.

  2. 2

    Make sure your cardboard fits into the photo frame and that there is space for the buttons to fit inside the frame.

  3. 3

    Trace the cut out letter onto the card with a grey lead pencil.

    I placed it in the centre by eye, but you could place the letter wherever you like in the frame.

  4. 4

    Place your buttons onto the outline.

    Try and make the gaps in between not too large. It's ok to cross the outline a little bit.

    This takes quite a long time!

    Make sure you are happy with the arrangement

  5. 5

    Get your glue and dip the small paintbrush into it.

    Pick up one button at a time and apply a think layer of glue to the back before placing it back down in the same place.

    Continue until all are stuck down.

  6. 6

    When the glue is dry, give it a good shake to make sure all the buttons are stuck on well.

    Re-glue some if necessary.

  7. 7

    Put it in the frame and voila!

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Karen B.
Karen B. · Chino Hills, California, us · 5 projects

So awesome! Thank you for this :)

sabine s.
sabine s.

Great home goods ideas! I have been blogging my home design projects on http://sabineshome.com What do you suggest using for home decor?

StephanieM · 10 projects

Thanks so much :)

Buffy, status: vampire slayer
Buffy, status: vampire slayer · 2 projects

dude thats pretty cool!

Jess · London, gb · 10 projects

t looks awesome! i'm going to try it on canvas. :)

StephanieM · 10 projects

LACEY: Haha buttons are pretty cheap if you buy in bulk on eBay. Also, I decided to use some white ones up because I have like 3 jars of white buttons.
SOCCERQUEEN105: The frame I used was 77x51cm, however the letter I made was only 37cm long. It was just a spare frame I had at home

Hanna No H
Hanna No H · Oakdale, Minnesota, us · 40 projects

I have sooo many buttons, now I have something to do with them all! I have a question though, what size photo frame did you use?

Lacey · La Cañada Flintridge, California, us · 30 projects

so jealous you have that many buttons


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