After a recent framed proggy heart workshop, I was left with a white box frame just begging for some kind of picture to liven it up! I’ve fancied having a try at a button picture for a while now so I got out my jars of buttons and set to work thinking about a design that might be suitable.
After a bit of a play around I decided on a H and a B (for my husband Harry and me) and had a go at sketching out a design. I used greaseproof paper which I could fold in half then half again to make sure the initials would fit in exactly the right position.
So far so good, but when I traced the initials onto a piece of card and started to place buttons along the outline of the letters, I soon realised that it just wasn’t going to look good at all! I loved the 2 heart buttons, but unfortunately even the smallest round buttons in my stash were just too big, so the end result just looked a bit naff really!
So it was back to the drawing board ,,,
Looking at the frame again, and the actual amount of space available, I realised that a simple shape would look best and, with Valentine’s Day looming, a heart seemed the obvious choice.
On another sheet of greaseproof paper I drew a simple heart shape, making sure it fitted neatly inside the mount and, once I was happy with the shape and size, I traced it onto a piece of plain white card.
The next step was to experiment by simply placing a variety of buttons on the heart to see what it would look like before I started gluing them in place. When this was done, I carefully slid all the buttons over to the left of my heart outline (as in the photo above on the right). Then I put a bit of UHU glue on the lower part of the heart and gradually moved the buttons across one at a time, pressing them into place as I went. The glue stayed wet for a while, so it was still possible to slide them around a bit if I wanted to change the design a little to get the best fit.
Once all the buttons were stuck down, I put a sheet of old cardboard on top, then a pile of heavy books on top of that, just to make sure they all stayed in place and also to flatten out the card as the glue had made it buckle slightly. The next morning the heart was dry, nicely flat and all ready to sellotape to the back of the mount and pop into the frame!
And there you have it, one Valentine’s Button Picture!