vintage button art

Inspired by this post (and every other post on her blog, let's be honest) and having inherited some fine buttons, I decided to make a piece of vintage button art for the nursery.
 I had an old, ugly frame with an old, ugly rooster pic attached directly to it. Perfect. After a quick spray painting and light distressing of the frame, it was ready to go. 

My kids helped me pick out the buttons. Since it was going into the nursery, my girls thought the baby would most appreciate a rainbow formation. Easy enough. I spray-adhesed (awesome verb) some old burlappy cotton fabric over the ugly rooster art and, after spreading out all the buttons on the floor to get the layout right, I began gluing them to the framed fabric.

To me, few things beat heirloom buttons. So much diversity and strangeness and awesomeness in the buttons' design and colors.


I did add some contrasting thread to some of the simpler buttons, just for interest... and because I'm addicted to pairing red with aqua these days.

I really like how it turned out. I can sit and study this thing for a long time, because the buttons themselves are so interesting individually and collectively. And I like the textural contrast of the organic cotton fabric.

Overall, I think it's perfect art for a nursery corner where, let's face it, many hours upon hours are spent. Plus, total cost: $free$. Sweetness.

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  1. Thanks for stopping by! I see some really fun projects on your blog like this button art and the zipper art.. Fun!! :)

    1. Thanks, Hani! I love doing stuff with vintage materials...makes me feel like I'm one with the environment. Or something. :)

  2. This is so cute! I love this, what a fun idea! I featured you today I hope you can check it out!

    1. Thanks so much for the feature! Super nice of you...and those others you featured are fabulous as well. You had a good linky party last week!

  3. I love this too! The fabric backing was a great idea. Your girls were right about the rainbow formation. It's lovely and fun at the same time!
    Tuula :)

  4. What a great idea! I always see buttons that are super cute, but never think to do anything creative with them. Pinned this post. Thanks!


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