Buttons aren’t just for seamstresses you know. I always have a stash of buttons on hand for a variety of projects. I love using them with kid’s crafts, they are great for dressing up little projects, and perfect for a quick embellishment. Buttons definitely have more uses than just fastening a blouse closed. This button tree I finished today is a perfect example.
I was presented with a challenge by the fine folks at Buttons Galore and More and Jacquard Products to come up with a project using these gorgeous three dimensional paints and a variety of stunning buttons. I am always up for a good craft challenge, so of course I said yes!
There’s a bonus too. Jacquard and Buttons Galore have offered to provide a prize package to one lucky reader. You’ll receive the same beautiful paints that I did and will be able to choose some fabulous buttons as well! I’ll tell you more about the giveaway at the end of this post, so stick around.
I’ve had a brand new, still in the shrink wrap, 20″x24″ wrapped canvas sitting in my craft room for months. I bought it because it was on sale and I knew I wanted to make something like this tree, though I assumed I would be painting the whole thing. As I started brainstorming for the challenge, that’s when it hit me to make a button tree. I’ve seen several different kinds around the web, but I hadn’t seen any using dimensional paint.
So I pulled out the canvas and some pastel colored spray paints I had in the craft room. I started with light blue, spraying one end of the canvas. Then I overlapped a bit with Robin’s Egg Blue, then some purple. I sprayed the other end with pink, then over-sprayed with yellow. Then I just willy nilly sprayed some blue here, yellow there, purple here, until I liked the way it looked. I allowed the canvas to dry for about an hour.
I drew a simple tree trunk onto the canvas, sketching lightly with a pencil. I drew 5 main branches, then added smaller branches off of those. When I was happy with it I used a brown metallic finish paint to fill in the tree. I used a liner brush on the smaller branches.
This is where I had a little fun with the dimensional paints! I chose the colors Black, Brass, Bright Copper and Gold Pearl. These paints come out in a nice steady stream and looked beautiful, adding a really nice dimension to the canvas.
Next I chose some of the largest buttons in each of the button collections. I was using Rustic Coconut Shell (my favorites!), Sea Glass, Earthly, Vacation and Rose Garden. I placed them in various places on the canvas. Once I was happy with their placement, I attached them with E6000 adhesive. It took a little while, but I just kept adding different sized and colored buttons everywhere, saving the tiniest buttons for the outer edges.
That’s it! A little spray paint for background effect, a simple tree drawing filled in with paint, some shimmering three dimensional paint, lots of beautiful colored buttons and some glue.
So what do you think? Did I live up to the challenge? Are you up for a challenge? Bet you’d like to win some of these fabulous products so you can make something too! Well here’s the scoop on that:
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – WINNER LISTED BELOW
Jacquard Products is happy to provide 24 colors of Jacquard Lumiere 3-D Paint to one lucky winner. Buttons Galore will be offering 2 Bags of Buttons, 1 Haberdashery Tins, 1 package of Novelty buttons and 1 Trim Collage kit.
The winner of this giveaway was comment #147, Marty! She been notified and has responded. Thanks for all the entries!
I hope you enjoyed the project and good luck in the giveaway! Don’t forget to take advantage of the other goodies mentioned above.