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Cute as Some Red Buttons

February 7th 2014

 Whew! Day 7 of the Valentine tutorials thanks to all of you who stopped by every day.

valentine tutorial button

Today’s project is super easy and can be kid friendly with different glue option.

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What you’ll need:

Wooden frame ($1 at Michaels or Joann’s)

Acrylic paint (I used pink) and brush

Decoupage finish (optional) and sponge brush

Craft Tweezers (to hold buttons near hot glue) optional

Hot glue (Fabri-Tac if kids will be making it)

bag of red buttons

Firm or sturdy felt in white (4″ x 6″) piece or size of your frame

metallic or coordinating trim

adhesive jewels (4)

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Trace your 4″ x 6″ felt using the card board from the frame as a guide. DO NOT THROW THAT AWAY!!  Insert the felt into the frame, center your heart template and trace onto the felt with light colored pen or pencil. (Template can be made by tracing half a heart onto a folded paper or card stock)

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Take the felt out of the frame and paint the frame the color of your choice. Lighter colors need more coats, so do at least two. Once your coats have dried on the front and back, apply one coat of decoupage finish.

I got a bag of assorted red buttons and I removed the shank for several but some I used with shanks. (the loop on the back)

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Glue around the outline of the heart  a little at a time, adding buttons as you go. Use tweezers! That glue is hot!!! Wanna see my blister? okay never mind!  Remember to overlap buttons and cover the nooks and crannies!

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Attach the felt to the white side of the cardboard for support. ( I did white on white to avoid transparency) You could cover the back with plain or decorative card stock so it looks pretty. That was an after thought on my part.

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I also hot glued the trim (dotting the surface with a broken line) and secured it around the back of the frame and added red jewels to the corners to tie it all together.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t sew fast enough so here is a sneek peek of what’s coming later!!  I love HSTs and I bought lots of red and pink just for this little number.

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So I hope my quilting readers will return for Valentine’s day!

Please post to the Flickr group so I can see your projects!