Scientist Elsewhere: At To Sew With Love (A Tutorial)



Some of you might have already seen this, but in case you didn't, I shared a tutorial for another button monogram that I made for my sister over at To Sew With Love as part of the blog swap I did with Lelanie (you can find the post here). But if you didn't see it, here's the tutorial for the blue monogram I made...


And this is what you'll need and how to do it... 
  • Buttons (you'll need a bunch)
  • Rhinestones (all kinds of shapes and sizes work!)
  • Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Picture frame
  • Stencil with initial
  • Hot glue gun and glue
The first thing you need to figure out is the letter you want and your stencil. Even if you don't have a fancy die cut machine, you can just print out a letter on regular printer paper and then cut it out with your handy dandy X-acto knife and voila! Insta-stencil for ZERO dollars!

Once you have your stencil, just cut your cardstock to fit into your frame and then lightly outline your letter or stencil onto your cardstock with a pencil. Keep your lines very light and sketchy. Then, you can start laying out your buttons and rhinestones, sticking within your pencil lines. (I tried to play with the exposure so you can see the lines, but I'm not sure that you can see the lines... apparently I was really trying to show you how to lightly sketch lines!)

Alternatively, you can simply use your stencil and start laying out your buttons and rhinestones there so that you can simply transfer them from that piece of paper to your cardstock and finished art (rather than trying to keep them all aligned while you glue them down one at a time).

You want to keep everything within the lines so that you get a nice clean letter (I know, normally it turns out well to color outside the lines, but it doesn't here.) You want to overlap buttons and rhinestones or create a kind of second row or level of buttons to cover the spots between the bottom buttons and rhinestones.

Once you know what you want your letter to look like (and how you want your rhinestones and buttons to be arranged), then grab your glue gun and start gluing them all down. Try to avoid all the glue gun strings, but don't worry too much about them. When you finish gluing everything down, use your pencil eraser to erase your pencil lines and you can use your eraser to try to get rid of the glue strings. Then, pop your letter into your frame and admire your work...

And you made it using stuff you already have on hand!

You can use different size frames and letters, color schemes, and vary the amount of rhinestones and buttons and get fairly different looks (and maybe spell out a word or make monograms for everyone in your home)...

18 comments :

  1. I've had this on my "to do" list forever... I love how yours turned out... and i got to see an "S".. so cool.

    ;-)

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  2. This has turned out so well!! Love ur tutorials :-)

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  3. Love it! i will make it for gift. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. This is great - I can never get my button projects to look this cute! But I'm going to try again - just pinned the 'M'.

    New follower from the Crayon Freckles bloghop!!

    scrapproject365.blogspot.com

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  5. So cute! Great idea. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  6. I love the buttons! I found you through Polka Dots on Parade. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Oh I love it! My mom is a button collector and is always looking for things to do with them. I'd love if you'd link up to our Refresh Your Nest Friday party... I'd love to show this off!

    http://makinglemonadeblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/refresh-your-nest-friday-5.html

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  8. LOVE it!! They'd make great Christmas gifts for little kids'rooms!

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  9. Great way to use buttons! It would be a great addition to a bedroom's decor! Thanks for sharing this at my What's In The Gunny Sack? link party!

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  10. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com That is so fun I love how it turned out.

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  11. Simple and sweet. Gotta love that. Thanks so much for sharing this fun project on Motivated Monday at beColorful
    Pam

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  12. this is a great tutorial. i tried to do this before and it didn't work. maybe i'll give it a try with your tips. thanks for linking up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week!

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  13. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing it at Weekend Craft Soiree! :)

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  14. Thanks again for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday, I've pinned this to Pinterest! Love it!

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