Decorating our home has been something long coming, since we moved in about 7 months ago. I keep coming up with ideas for different things to make our home more cozy, and this button bird was one of those ideas. I knew I wanted to frame a design of sorts made out of buttons, but I wasn’t sure what until I browsed Pinterest for inspiration. I finally decided on a bird; it’s only natural because I love birds and owls. Plus it fits so well with where I wanted this particular piece to go, in our laundry/mud room…. though I’ve thought about putting this little guy in our family room, I just love him so much.
Just a note about the photo above…. the basket is in slightly sad shape, just needs some fixing up; but I don’t really want to change it too much. The basket belonged to my grandmother and hung in her cellar for as long as I can remember. I still remember her telling me the story of how she carried my mom all the way to California in that basket. They were on the train, and of course, this was during World War II; I can’t remember his exact words, but a soldier happened to look down at my mom, then a baby, and mentioned that she was worth the fight, why they were fighting…. I’ve loved that basket and the meaning it carries ever since Grandma told me that story.
Anyway, back to the button bird, which I plan to display with my grandma’s basket…. they just kinda mesh together.
Supplies You’ll Need
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Spray paint, optional
Instructions for Creating a Button Bird
Making the bird design is probably the hardest part of this project. I again looked to Pinterest and other bird decor I have for inspiration in creating my design. Place the buttons in the pattern that you want. It might make it easier to just kinda sketch the bird lightly with pencil onto the fabric. After the design is made, glue each button to the fabric. I found it easier to leave a dot of glue on the fabric and then place each button. Also, it might be easier to do the outline of the bird, then move to the center when gluing.
Place a sequin on a button around where the eye should be. When the bird is finished, make sure your frame is the color you desire; do a quick coat of spray paint if needed, and let dry overnight.
Framing can be done in several ways. I chose to stretch the fabric, pulling it taut, and then stapling to the frame on the backside. Just make sure your bird is in the position you want it to be, whether centered, horizontal, vertical, etc.
That’s really all there is to it. Now you have a beautiful, handcrafted piece of art to decorate with. Any type of buttons can be used, whatever your heart desires, really. Just enjoy the process and get creative with it.
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