This Valentine’s Day Button Heart Mosaic is so pretty, you’ll be tempted to display it year-round. Patty Schaffer created this beautiful button mosaic with creamy white buttons in all different sizes. She then mixed in a little lux with flashes of gold that put it right over the top. It’s sort of like working a puzzle, fitting in the right button in just the right spot. Another project for TV craft night!
There are two reasons for using the sequins: First, they add pretty sparkle; and second, the holes in the buttons are too large for the sequin pins, and the smaller holes in the sequins help to hold the pins in place.
To make a Button Heart Mosaic, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” block*
- Fabric, 18” x 18” piece
- Double-sided tape
- Buttons: Assorted sizes of white buttons; several gold buttons
- Gold sequins, 8mm
- Gold sequin pins, #8 (3/4”)
- Floral pins with white pearl heads, 1-1/2” (Note: Patty trimmed these to 1” lengths; if you can find 1” pearl head pins, use the shorter pins.)
- Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters
*You can also cut a larger sheet to size with our cutting tips.
To make a Button Heart Mosaic:
1. Wrap the fabric around the foam square, folding neatly at the corners, and using double-sided tape to secure the fabric to the foam. If needed, pin fabric to the back to help hold it in place.
2. Starting with the larger buttons first, arrange your buttons in a heart shape. Fill in gaps with the smaller buttons. Don’t start to pin them on yet, so you can easily move them around till you like the arrangement.
3. Once you’re happy with your heart shape and the arrangement of the buttons, pin them on:
- Pin on the larger buttons using gold sequin pins and gold sequins.
- Pin on the smaller buttons and gold buttons with pearl head pins. (Note: If needed, trim ends of pins so that they don’t stick out the back.)
4. Fill in blank areas with additional buttons. (Because the buttons aren’t glued down, it’s easy to rearrange as you go.)
For another Valentine’s Day button craft, check out Patty’s Sweetheart Button Wreath.
You’ll also find links to a video all about making button crafts, including this Button & Button Flowers Wreath.
Patty designs for the button company Blumenthal Lansing, too, so it’s no wonder that she’s a whiz at creating with buttons. What button crafts have you made?