With some round disks, buttons, a drill, and a wooden placard, you can make this wonderful wall hanging for a gift or to keep.
Approximate Time: 2 hours
- two sizes of round disks
- a wooden placard
- crochet thread and needle
- raffia or ribbon
- hot glue gun
- scrap fabric
- white glue and foam brush
- fine tip felt pen
- options: paint
- When you search for a placard, you can use just about any kind.
- Test the bleed factor on the back of it to make sure your felt pen will
- If you have a steady hand and good spacial recognition, you can make the "stitch mark" like on this one. If you do not, you can always paint it or leave the edges blank.
- Write "Friends are like unique buttons. You collect them one at a time." Center it and write it on paper if you want to make sure it's right.
- Once that part is done, you can set this aside.
- The round disks can be found in about any craft shop, so if you can, get the 2 inch and 1.5 inch for a variety. Drill holes in them like for buttons, mixing two and four holes for variety, as well.
- You can paint these, or do what I did. The scrap fabric needs to be prepared with glue. This makes the fabric stiff and easy to cut like paper.
- Once they are dried, lay the disks on them and circle cut them to glue onto the disks. You will need the foam brush to make sure the fabric gets glued to the edges of the disks.
- Weigh them down for at least 15 minutes to bond the glue. You may need to trim any excess.
- I painted the edges of the buttons black to match the felt tip. You can leave them tan if you wish.
- Pick some scrap buttons to match the colors of the fabric you chose. Once the wooden and fabric buttons have dried, get some crochet thread to match the colors of the fabric. If you don't have any, yarn can work or just plain thread. However, keep in mind you will need a lot of it.
- Thread the needle and get the effect you want, tying some in front and some glued to the back.
- Hot glue the wooden buttons to each other using 2 in the front and 2 in the back, keeping it level. Make sure not to cover the nice threads.
- Glue the buttons onto the wooden ones, and the top if you choose. If you have raffia, use it to hot glue to the back of the outside buttons and loop around to the back of the placard for the loop.
Give as a gift to a friend, or keep and hang on your wall. This is a craft best left inside out of the elements.
By Sandi from Yorktown, VA