Heart Button Art Tutorial

February 6, 2014Allison Murray
This heart button art tutorial is easy enough for kids but makes some super cute decor adults love, too! Great for home decor on a budget!

Today I’m going to share with you this super easy heart button art tutorial!

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I’ve been trying to come by art for my office space the crafty way. By grabbing a tub of buttons and getting after it or picking out scrapbooking paper to frame because, honestly, it will never see a scrapbook, ever. And when I happened on this picture frame at Hobby Lobby, with it’s cream color and red peeking through on the textured bits I instantly thought: BUTTON HEART!

And guess what? I totally love it. I’m not sure it will stay up much longer after February because it’s looking awful seasonal with Valentine’s Day coming up, and I’m sure that’s why the idea even popped in my head, but for now In. Love.

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Good news is this is super duper easy. Like kids in elementary school might be doing this somewhere right now and you can, too!

For this project you will need:

  • Frame (mine is for an 8×10)
  • scrapbooking paper
  • variety of buttons
  • tacky glue
  • foam core board
  • spray adhesive

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Since my paper started of as 12×12 I had to cut it down to 8×10. Not wanting to accidentally trim it a bit short, I busted out the ruler to be safe.

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Measure out the center of your piece of paper and draw a heart (or use a stencil like I did) smack dab in the middle of the paper.

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Go through your button stash and decide which ones you especially want to use in the project and then dig out your second choices.

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Maybe take a break, because, this is pretty hard work :) Shoo away the cat if you must to get back to work…

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Start placing your buttons on the paper and deciding if you like the placement. Add a dollop of tacky glue to the paper and secure. Keep doing this as you fill in the heart to prevent from having any weird spaces. If something looks like you won’t get a button to fit, but the space will be large enough to be oddly noticeable, try a different configuration with a slightly smaller button. Basically you’ll sometimes need to play with it.

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When finished set someplace FLAT to dry.

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Spray the backside with adhesive and attach to foam core board. I keep some cheapie dollar pieces from Dollar General on hand just for projects like this.

Using a ruler and X-acto knife, trim out the 8×10 shape of the paper.

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Frame it up and this project is finito! Now I’m thinking the heart is too season, but an initial wouldn’t be. Wheels are turning!

Comments (3)

  • Aurelia Eglantine

    February 6, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I totally think this pretty project would work year-round, but I’m partial to hearts anyway :) This is such a cute idea, and I can totally see sewing the buttons onto fabric for the insert too!

  • Aurelia Eglantine

    February 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Just to clarify – I do think the glue and paper are an awesome and superquick idea, the fabric thing is just what I’m used to :) And I’m miserly – that way I can always clip the threads and reuse the buttons for something else if I ever get bored LOL.

  • Midsommarflicka

    February 9, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    Ah, that’s a cute idea! I love buttons and have probably a million lying here. Okay, maybe just hundreds… but still a lot ;) This got my head spinning for creating shapes and glueing buttons in them! Let’s see, where I end up!

    Have a great sunday!
    Love, Midsommarflicka

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