Monday, February 13, 2012

Here's My Heart...

I know you're all getting your Valentines together to share with your own sweethearts, but in the event you need one more gift idea, I'd like to share mine with you.

I love sorting through my vintage buttons to create a button heart for someone special. I've made quite a few of them and while they're simple to make, the effect is quite elegant.

All you need is a 5" x 7" shadow box frame, a large supply of buttons (I like to do all of my hearts in a monochromatic scheme, so I choose buttons from the same color family for each heart), and a hot glue gun. If you're all thumbs like I am, you can use a low-melt gun instead.

I take a heart-shaped template and place it on the velvet background of the frame and outline it with a light colored pencil to make the heart image that I'll use as my guide for placement of the buttons. Be sure to leave enough room around the heart so that you can put your piece back into the frame.

Then, using larger buttons as the base layer (I usually used newer buttons on the center because you won't see them anyway), begin building your heart. You'll notice that I manage to find at least one button with a point - either a triangular or square button - for the point of the heart.

I find this project always relaxes me and it's great fun to make your button heart. Have fun and Happy Valentine's Day!

You're invited to stop over and visit me from time to time at Brynwood Needleworks. I'm always creating something, and I'd love to share more ideas with you! (I'm having a 1000th Post Giveaway that ends Valentine's Day, too!)

9 comments:

helena frontini said...

That's a wonderful heart.

LuLu Kellogg said...

This is so pretty!

l.wilks11 said...

I love your valentine heart. I must sort through my button tin and see what i can come up with ....xx

Laurie said...

1000 posts, Donna -- that is quite a landmark! Thank you for the heart idea!

Chris said...

Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. And yes, I played in my grandmother's button box many, many times when I was a little girl. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Sharon said...

I love this, Donna, and I'll be looking for just the right frame this week! Great post!

Jensters said...

I love your button heart and buttons too...who wouldnt...lol

Createology said...

Beautiful and delightful gift idea and I adore the buttons arranged in heart shape and then framed. Donna you are always creating bliss. Thank you...

Sue Marrazzo said...

REALLY CUTE!

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