Bring out your old and new buttons and paints. An ideal DIY  to sit out and make in your garden or balcony with the bright spring sunshine loading you with Vitamin D!  Ideal for children above 4 years.

I love saving buttons, broken and single earrings, bracelets, etc. They are so simple to reuse in kids’ crafts to create something unique.

This simple DIY combines the two things kids love to do – painting and sticking. The result: A pretty wall-hanging for their room.

Materials Needed

  • 1 canvas board
  • 4 Acrylic paints of your choice
  • Brushes
  • Palette for mixing colours
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Assorted colourful buttons
  • Universal glue
  • Plastic mat to protect furniture
Materials needed for Button Craft

Instructions

  1. Start by painting the canvas. Choose four colours that will blend well together. We chose yellow, orange, purple and blue.
  2. Guide your child to paint a yellow stripe first, and an orange one that slightly blends into the yellow. Continue with strips of purple and blue. Blend the colours at the edges to make a gradient effect.

Painting Canvas

3. Once you are happy with the way this basic painting looks, let it dry.

Painted canvas

4. Draw the silhouette of a tree lightly with a pencil. Keep erasing to a minimum.

5. Let your child paint the tree bark and branches black. You can guide him or fine tune the image if required.

Painting Tree

 

6. Let the paint dry completely.

7. Now comes the fun part!  Tell your child to place a dot of glue on to the canvas and put a button on it. Let him or her stick buttons all over the canvas in place of leaves and flowers.

Sticking Buttons

8. Let the glue dry completely. You can draw lines with a pencil on the black paint for an interesting shadow effect.

9. You have your own unique colourful masterpiece with which you can decorate your child’s room.

Smile. Be proud. You’ve created a memory with your kids!

Variations of Button Craft you could try

You can make pretty nature scenery with a bright blue sky and green grass. Stick some buttons for flowers in the grass and a large yellow button for the sun.

Photos by Manasa Mukka