Buttons DO grow on trees! *Tutorial*

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June 1, 2013 by thepolishedbutton

 

 

 

I was asked by some friends recently to make a button tree canvas (one for a wedding present, one for a living room wall!) Being the queen of all things buttony, I could hardly refuse, so here is a little guide should you want to make one yourself!

I bought some largish plain white canvases, and started by sketching out in pencil the shape and size of the tree.

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I then picked out the colours and sizes I needed for each tree (one was to be bright, the other slightly more muted). I used about 150 buttons for each tree, but you may need more/less depending on how big your buttons are and how dense you want the ‘blossom’ to be!

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I fired up my trusty glue gun, and got busy glueing those buttons in place – I ended up having a system of alternating colours, so I didn’t end up with clumps of matching buttons, but that could just be me being a little OTT with my planning!image

 

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Eventually the tree filled out nicely, so I left the buttons to dry and mixed up some brown acrylic paint. I began by painting in the edges and making a few arty farty curly lines, to give it a bit of an organic feel. Once the initial lines had dried, I gave it a slightly more watered down wash of paint, to fill in the trunk and branches.

Once the paint had dried, I used a black marker and a pencil to sketch over the top, creating a bark effect, and also adding a few swirls where I thought it was needed.

And that’s it! A relaxing and enjoyable project, and not too expensive or taxing either!

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5 thoughts on “Buttons DO grow on trees! *Tutorial*

  1. Cathy Leach says:

    That’s really lovely Ruth! xx

  2. Nay says:

    Hi, I love your blog so I’ve nominated you for an award. http://thewardrobesurgeon.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/the-liebster-award/

  3. Anna says:

    That tree thing is beautiful. You’re very talented ๐Ÿ™‚ and your blog is gorgeous.

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