Posts tagged Buttons

Buttons in a Frame

Following on from my recent ‘buttons’ posts, here’s another idea!

You will need:-

  • A photo frame
  • Buttons
  • Thread and Needle (or a hot glue gun?)
  • Some fabric (bigger than the size of your frame – I used a scrap of white polycotton)
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil and Scissors
  • Optional – Embroidery hoop

Method:

1)  Using a pencil, draw your design on your fabric (I chose a heart, but feel free to use a design of your choice).

2) Secure into the hoop (if you have one – I find it much easier to work with one)

3)  Play around with your buttons to get an arrangement that you are happy with (I did this, then took a photo and used it as a guide!)

4)  Sew buttons onto the fabric (or hot glue if you prefer)

5)   Remove fabric from hoop, then trim so that it has an approx border of 3 cm

6)  Edge all 4 borders with masking tape (to prevent fraying)

7)  Fold the fabric around the glass of the photo frame.  Secure with more masking tape (to prevent any creasing).

8)  Assemble photo frame (fabric will now be on the outside of the glass).

It should now look something like this…..

If you make one of your own, please let me know how you get on!

I also love this lovely button headband from Tip Junkie…..

http://go.tipjunkie.com/hm/450/craftedblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-button-headband.html

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Button photo frames (1 of 2)

Following on from my recent post on Buttons, I decided to update my tired looking bedroom photo frames.  I thought it might be nice to add some buttons around a frame.  How hard could that be? I thought to myself (naively!).

Step 1: I painted the bare pine frame with some left-over  low-odour wood paint.  This went smoothly, I left it to dry and was feeling confident…..

Step 2: Glue the buttons around the frame.  I arranged the buttons and then debated how to stick them on.  I’d read that pva glue could do the trick, but I thought I’d dig out the hot glue gun that I’d been given a couple of years ago.  The ‘hot gun masters’ amongst you will no-doubt be bent double to hear how I patiently stuck on a few buttons, sat back and then…….. watched them fall off!  What went wrong?  After having a major strop taking a break, I made attempt #2.  I left the glue to get as hot as it possibly could, then stuck them on again.  This time it worked, but crikey, what a mess I made!!  There were thread of silvery, cobweb-like strands everywhere!  I managed to brush them off, and was left with a reasonably presentable frame.

Here is my finished frame….

It’s now been on my bedroom wall for a week, with no signs of any lose buttons, fingers crossed….

Has anyone got any advise for me in the ‘hot glue gun’ stakes?  I’d love to use it more as I often see projects that call for it.  Any tips?

I’ll be posting my 2nd button frame idea later this week……

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Buttons, buttons and more buttons!

I don’t know about you, but when you try to make use of everything you tend to get stuff dumped on you kindly given! I’ve just been given a big tin of buttons and true to form, I got all excited and was very thankful for the bounty (I genuinely was!).

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So instead of pushing them to the back of a cupboard (I’m afraid to say that this often sometimes happens, much to the annoyance of my other half – ‘what? more junk?!!’) I got stuck straight in and………….. organised them into jars!

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I’m determined to actually use some on a project, so I’ll let you know how I get on later in the week! (shame on me and big scowls from my other half if I don’t!)

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