Button-spiration

Button Advent CalendarAs promised, here is the button Advent calendar that I made. Sam has been having fun selecting a button magnet to place on the tree each day. It is slowly getting more colourful as the days pass. And once again, I failed to do a step-by-step photo documentation of how I made this beauty, but it’s really pretty simple. Here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need:

  • store-bought white canvas (any size or shape)
  • strips of white or beige (fairly neutral) fabric
  • Mod Podge matte finish
  • craft paint brush
  • hot glue gun & plenty of glue
  • buttons (lots of green, some brown, and various colours for the ornaments)
  • strong magnets
  • thin strips, sheets, or pieces of metal (I just used the round metal bits that the magnets come mounted on when you purchase them)

Button Advent Calendar detailFirst step, I used Mod Podge to attach the strips of fabric to the canvas (you could just skip this step & leave the canvas blank, but I thought it needed some subtle “sprucing up”). Let dry.

Button Advent Calendar detail 2Next, I arranged my green buttons on the canvas, loosely forming the shape of a tree. Then used brown buttons for the trunk of the tree. Once I was satisfied with the design, I got to work with the hot glue gun, fixing each button into place.

Button Advent Calendar back detailThen I flipped the canvas over and, once again using the hot glue gun, attached the thin metal pieces.

button magnetsLastly, I made the button “ornaments” by stacking colourful buttons onto each other and then gluing them onto a magnet.

button magnet detailEasy-peasy.

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