1/22/14

Button Heart: A Valentine Craft for Adults (and Kids)

It's still January, but I had to get a step ahead with my Valentine crafts this year. Our February MOPS meeting will be held a few days before the actual holiday and I wanted to plan something sweet to make in honor of it. I don't mind over-the-top glittery red hearts, lace doilies and cupid. But I wanted our group to create something that we just might use year round.


I found a similar idea from Muslin & Merlot and it inspired me to make my own version. Since I am planning this activity for a group of 60 women, the price on this craft is less than $5 per person! I am personally a fan of not spending on a lot on Valentine decor:) And for those of you never decorate for Valentine's Day, not to worry-- you will like this. The black & white color scheme makes it a nice neutral home accessory.



To get started, here are the supplies I used.
-a mini canvas, mine is a 4x4 black one *
- a variety of white buttons
- craft glue
- a mini easel, mine is 5 inches tall

(Variations: use a white canvas and paint it black, or just add black stripes and use red buttons.)


Working on a flat table, draw an outline of a heart with your glue. Fill in the heart with the glue and begin placing your buttons. I think smaller buttons or a good mixture of small and tiny work the best.
In order to completely fill in the heart, I had to do some button layering-- I didn't want any black canvas showing through.


I bought a few supplies for my 7 year old daughter, but in pastel colors. I thought the button heart would look sweet sitting on her bedside table. She only used the tiny buttons and honestly I love the look. The colors remind me of those conversation heart candies.


After your buttons are in place, allow it to dry completly before setting it up in the easel. (Otherwise the glue will run and so will your buttons- believe me I know!) My button art is sitting on my desk. Like I said, the black &white color scheme make it perfect for my home.


Afton is in the beginning of a room 'redo', so her little table looks a bit sparce. For now her button art will have to sit all alone :) She is proud of her art and that mini easel is just too cute for displaying it.



If you are in my MOPS group-- don't make one yet, we'll do it together at the February meeting. Every one else, you are free to get crafting. It may only be January, but there is nothing wrong with getting a head start on Valentines Day.

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