DIY Button Art for the Big Boy Room

Here’s the latest addition to the Big Boy bedroom…

I started by printing a letter S (my Little Man’s first initial). I blew it up so it almost filled a regular sized sheet of paper, then I cut it out and drew around it with pencil onto my fabric (though a disappearing ink pen would have been better). I ended up not using this fabric (which was paper-backed linen, meant for binding books), due to unforeseen complications down the road, but the beginning process would have been the same anyway.

I laid out all the buttons…

 …and went through one-by-one, sticking them to the fabric with PVC glue (aka Elmer’s glue). Don’t do this! The glue made the fabric pucker, which I thought might be salvageable once I attached it to the backing and framed it. I was so sure, in fact, that I went through the laborious process of adding brads/drawing pins into all the little gaps…

 …but alas, it wasn’t to be. It actually looked even worse when it was framed.

So I decided to start again, this time using burlap. Again I traced my S onto the fabric…

…and then slowly picked all the buttons off the original fabric and this time hand-sewed them onto the burlap. This part took me about four hours, but it looked so much better when it was done. I decided that there was enough detail with the blue thread that it didn’t need the brads this time, so I secured it to a piece of thick card stock with staples, and popped it back in the frame.

Love it. And it cost me all of about $5, since I already had the fabric and the frame on hand. The Little Man likes it a lot so, even though it took ages, I think it was worth it. I might make another one for Miss Wigglepants once we decide on a name.

Update: I made another one of these for one of S’s best buddies when he turned two. This time, the whole process took about three and a half hours. Read more about it here.



  1. January 14, 2012 / 1:24 am

    Very cute! I've seen this and want to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. January 24, 2012 / 1:44 am

    That looks wonderful! That is such a great idea-it looks so perfect for a little boy's room! Thank you for the excellent tutorial too!

    Thanks so much also for joining in with my weekly Pinning Party! This week's party has finally started so please pop by if you have 5 minutes!

    Best wishes,

  3. January 24, 2012 / 7:11 pm

    You definitely should! I'd love to see your take on it if you do. 🙂