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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
You could also make this charming Sweetheart Button Wreath for mom.
And here’s another pretty Button Wreath, along with a video tutorial.
Change up the look with this Patina Button Wreath that uses metallic buttons and a verdi gris faux finish.
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?