Button Initial


I love to make fun wall art to put into some dollar store frames and I'm pretty obsessed with monograms and initials on anything and everything. Then I realized I actually had quite a few green buttons and rhinestones from scrapbooking and magnet-making and my bedroom is lots of green, so I came up with this little project... I had that sad "but I invented this.... how is it already on the internet?" moments when I saw this one, but I'm still posting my tutorial (if you can even call it that because this is tooooooo easy)!

Supplies

  • Letter template/stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Buttons
  • A few rhinestones
  • Hot glue gun and a few glue sticks
  • Dollar store frame
Instructions
I still don't have a fancy cutting machine, so I printed out my first initial on some cardstock and then cut it out with an X-acto knife. (In case you're wondering, I used Museo font - it's free online, at least for the 300, 500, and 700 weight versions.) Then I used that cut out stencil to pencil a very thin outline of the letter onto my cardstock background. You could skip this and just start gluing your embellishments onto the letter you print out directly, but I was worried about that ink showing through and/or smearing. (You can barely even see the pencil lines in the photo below, but they are there, I promise.)

Once I had that traced I just started gluing down my buttons and rhinestones. I sort of laid them out a bit before gluing them, but only a couple buttons or rhinestones at a time. I made 3 little rows of them here - one row of embellishments on that left margin, one on the right, and then one that overlapped or connected the buttons from the left and right margins. (I numbered them in the photo below and glued them down in that order - the ones on the left first, then the right, then the ones on top.)

I just kept gluing and didn't worry too much about the glue gun strings... at least not yet.

And kept gluing until I had my complete "M." Then I just sort of started cutting the strings of glue off and occasionally erased a light pencil light or weird mark I'd gotten on the paper - somehow I can never keep my projects super-clean.


Then it was time to pop it into my dollar store frame and admire my work!

I'm linking up to some of my favorite conferences here.

45 comments :

  1. just want to say I love your choice in music! :)

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  2. I love this! I like the different green colors blended together. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. me likey! it's in my to do list!

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  4. LOOOOVE this :) I've been meaning to make one but just haven't had the time! It looks so simple! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. how fun what a great idea when I was in highschool we had to make mosiac out of rice but I love the homey feel of the buttons

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  6. What a great idea! I never would have thought to use buttons like this. Love it!!

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  7. Luv it! Going straight onto my To-Do list!

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  8. Very cute! I just did a craft with buttons this week! Hope it works well in your room!

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  9. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!! ESP that its green and uses buttons! two of my favorite things =) awesome craft!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  10. super cute! i so need to make one of these for my daughters room...or my craft room....or maybe both!

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  11. This looks great! Fab idea for using up some buttons which just don't fit in any sewing project!

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  12. I love button crafts, this one is wonderful!!!

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  13. A simple monogram, but with all the texture and dimension it really packs a punch! Thanks for the idea and the tips.

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  14. thanks for sharing this at my party!

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  15. That is SO cute! I love buttons! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

    Melissa

    MyCraftieLife.Blogspot.com

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  16. This is so cute and such a great way to use those buttons around the house that seem to just appear. Thanks for the visit!

    Check Out- Cheap Like A Birdie Blog

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  17. Love it! The green is awesome. Thank you for linking up to Ucycled Awesome.

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  18. SO Cute!!!! I am your newest follower!!!!

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  19. lovely...I´ll feature on my blog. Hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

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  20. love this. You did an awesome job

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  21. Thanks for sharing this! I made a set of button monograms for my bedroom earlier this year. I like how you used different shades of green and layered the buttons. You can check out my version at

    http://www.mcchesneymoments.com/2010/12/turning-buttons-art/ if you are interested.

    I love your version too!

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  22. I love buttons!! :)
    Cheers!
    Jen

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  23. thanks for you nice comment on my blog....I´m honored that you follow me :)
    I´m following your blog too....
    hugs from Brazil

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  24. Hey, thanks for linking up! !:)

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  25. I hate those moments... I've had a few :(
    Yours is still absolutely darling tho!

    So glad you stopped by my blog so I could find yours! I'm about to check out your pintrest too.... I've been thinking about starting that ~ do you enjoy using it? I'm afraid it'll be another thing that absorbs my time (when I should technically be doing other things).

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  26. Love this! It was my week to post about 'letter love' too :) This looks like an easy project which is right up my alley. Tks for sharing.

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  27. Tres cute. There's nothing new under the sun, right? Best not to Google until you're allllll done. :)

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  28. Looks Great! I too am in love with Buttons and Monograms!

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  29. Very creative! Thanks for linking this up!

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  30. I am obsessed with buttons! I LOVE this! Thanks for stopping by and linking, have a great weekend! :)

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  31. I don't care if this already appeared on the internet, I love this idea! I might have to steal it, so I thank you in advance for the tutorial. :-) Keep crafting!

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  32. Love buttons and all the cute things you can do with them. This is very cute.
    xo,
    Sena

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  33. I need to go get some more buttons! So cute and this is a great way for me to bring in color! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

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  34. I LOVE this - and I love the green - it came out great :)

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  35. Love it! I was looking for a project to do with buttons, I am adding this to my list of projects!

    I found you through Petite Hermine's link party :)

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  36. This is so cute! Makes me want to go buy some buttons!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Hope to see ya again this week :)

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  37. I loved this button wall art so much I featured you on this week's Ten Buck Tuesday! Email me for the code for my "I've been featured at Young Nester" button! Have a great week :)

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  38. I see you have been very busy being featured! Nice! Thanks for linking to Workshop Wednesday! I hope to see you this week goobyecityhellosuburbs

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  39. I love green! I love green, this is wonderful. Is looks so fun and free spirited to not have to stay in lines and pick through all those cool buttons! Thank you so much for posting at the Beagle.

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  40. Mel-

    Every good craft has a few rhinestones...that is an original take on letter art with the buttons!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice! Hope to see you again this Thursday!

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  41. So cute! Thanks for sharing this cute project!

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  42. That is so fun! Thanks for linking up to my party. :)

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  43. Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your button initial on my blog today! :)

    http://www.polishthestars.com/2011/04/link-party-monday-16.html

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