Mother’s Day Craft Idea: DIY a Button Photo Cube

When I posted the Favorite Button Topiary earlier this week, I suggested keeping your buttons handy for today’s tutorial – a Button Photo Cube. This is a beautiful DIY Mother’s Day craft, and really, who wouldn’t like a Button Photo Cube? Grandma? Teacher? Neighbor? Designer Patty Schaffer is the mastermind behind this colorful, Button Photo Cube, and her tutorial is super easy to follow.

Cute idea for Mother's Day -- DIY Button Photo Cube.

DIY Button Photo Cube by Patty Schaffer.

DIY Button Photo Cube for Mother's Day! So pretty.

Add a bouquet of blooming button flowers to this pretty Button Photo Cube.

To make a Button Photo Cube, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” cube
  • Buttons in assorted colors and sizes, about 300
  • Pearl head pins, 1-1/2”, about 300
  • Silver wire, 20-gauge, about 36”
  • Tools needed: Wire nippers

To make a Button Photo Cube:

  1. Cover the four sides and top of the foam cube with buttons, pinning them on with the pearl head pins. Use the larger buttons first, and cover the cube with a single layer. You’ll fill in the gaps in the next step.
  1. Pin on a second layer of buttons to cover the gaps. Use smaller buttons for the second layer, and occasionally stack several buttons together as you pin them on.
Detail from adorable Button Photo Cube.

Layer on the larger buttons first, and then fill in with the smaller buttons.

  1. Button legs:
  • Make four stacks of four buttons each, stacked from largest button to smallest.
  • Be sure the button stacks are even, or the cube will be wobbly.
  • Thread each stack of buttons onto two pearl head pins.
  • Insert a button leg into each bottom corner of the cube.
How to make button feet for a Button Photo Cube.

Be sure the button stacks are the same height, so the cube won’t wobble.

  1. Button flowers:
  • Cut three, 5” lengths of wire.
  • Bend the tip of a wire to form a “u”.
  • Insert the “u” through a stack of three – five buttons, with the smallest button on top.
  • Tightly twist the wires together underneath the bottom button.
  • Make two more flowers.
  • Insert the flowers into the top of the button cube.
How to make Button Flowers and a Button Photo Cube.

Blooming button flowers!

  1. Photo holders: Make a flat coil in the end of an 8” length of wire. Insert the coiled wire into the top of the cube; trim the wire, if needed. Repeat to add a second photo holder.

Earlier this week, I featured the tutorial for this Favorite Button Topiary, and linked to this Button Egg, as well.

Beautiful button crafts on

Button Egg & Favorite Button Topiary.

You could also make this charming Sweetheart Button Wreath for mom.

Such a sweet button wreath!

Sweetheart Button Wreath

And here’s another pretty Button Wreath, along with a video tutorial.

Simply stunning! One of my favorite button wreaths! has the tutorial.

Patty Schaffer designed this Button & Button Flowers Wreath. I love the “flowers” she created by layering the colorful, patterned buttons.

Change up the look with this Patina Button Wreath that uses metallic buttons and a verdi gris faux finish.

Such a pretty button wreath. shows you how to add the Verdi gris patina to the wreath.

Verdi Gris Button Wreath

Do you have crafty plans this weekend? Here’s what was in my shopping  cart recently. I’ve been planning a few fall crafts and I’m excited to start working on them this weekend. What are you working on?

Excited to start crafting for fall!

I’m already planning a few fall crafts! I’m not sure if they’ll all work out, but I’m excited to give them a try.

Happy crafting!


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8 Responses to Mother’s Day Craft Idea: DIY a Button Photo Cube

  1. Angie says:

    Button, button, who’s got the button? Ever play this childhood game? What an adorable Mother’s Day gift. Love the bright colors and the creativity to make this gift. The best part is that it features a loved one’s picture to remember a happy event. Cute! Cute! Cute!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like this Photo Cube. I have heard of the game Button, Button, and I think we played it as kids (but dang, I can’t quite remember for sure). Glad you stopped in. Sharon

  2. That button cube would kill my old fingers but I bet you have a tip that makes it easier. Care to share? Also,that shopping cart looks promising!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 I wonder if a thimble would help protect your fingers while you pushed in the pins? I think it’s definitely worth a try! Let me know if you give this one a whirl. Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. LisaM6 says:

    Love the buttons. These would be great for my mom I could use her mother’s buttons. Love the ideas. 🙂
    Fall crafting love what’s in your cart can’t wait to see what you come up with.
    This weekend will be doing laundry and hopefully some crafting I made some small recycled mini books and want to make a few more to be ready for the fall shows.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Sharon says:

      Your mom would really cherish this if it was made with her mom’s buttons — what a beautiful idea. It sounds like you’re crafting a few seasons ahead, too. Tell me more about your mini books. Are they necklaces? Happy crafty weekend! Sharon

  4. Cute and colorful! I am working on a sea/ocean themed creation right now! Think BIG seashells, mermaids, seahorses, sea grass, fish and bubbles!! I have had this idea in my head for months and as I get each piece that is needed for it I work on it a little at a time. Most of the items needed have arrived and this week I have really taken off with it! If my inspirational burst continues I hope to have it done by the end of the weekend! Can’t wait to share it with the world!
    Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

    • Sharon says:

      Wow, sounds awesome, Barb. I want to know more — is it a paper craft, fairy garden, or?? It sounds like you are going to have a fabulously creative weekend — enjoy! Sharon

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