Easy DIY Button Heart Art

I know this project is a few days late for Valentines Day, but it's the thought that counts right? The whole piece took about 2-3 hours to finish so the fact that it's been sitting on our table unfinished for weeks is truly a testament to how lazy I can be. I am thrilled with how well it turned out! I found the idea on Pinterest, but there was no tutorial on how to do it. It's pretty straight-forward so I was able to wing it and figure it out on my own and wanted to share the process in case anyone would like to duplicate!

The best part of this project is that it's so versatile! I thought about doing three canvases with our initials and an '&' symbol on them. For St. Patricks Day you could do light green and white stripes with a dark green shamrock. I'm definitely doing a Christmas tree one and probably a few pumpkin ones! Heart ArtSupplies:

  • 1 12x12 canvas
  • Black acrylic paint & paintbrush
  • masking tape
  • ruler
  • glue
  • buttons

When I went to get the supplies from Michaels the canvases were on sale so I scored a 2-pack for $5-6. I had the glue, paint, and tape at home, so the only other things I had to buy were buttons. I ended up having to go back for more buttons so be sure you get enough! I went through 2.5 of these small bags. The total cost of the project was about $12.

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Start by using the ruler to mark straight horizontal lines on the canvas. I spaced mine 2" apart. Use masking tape to fill in every other line so you don't get paint on it.IMG_8293

Paint all the un-taped white lines (including the side of the canvas!)IMG_8294

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Then cut out a heart on a piece of paper. I didn't take a photo of this step but I folded a piece of paper in half, and cut out a pretty big heart. Lay it on  your canvas to make sure you like the size of it, then lightly trace it out using a pencil.

Starting with the outline of the heart begin gluing your buttons down. Try to get them as close together as you can, but don't worry if there are big spaces between them. Once the first layer is dry go back and glue some buttons on as a second layer to cover up the spaces you can see on the first layer. As you can see in my photo below I left some spaces visible. When it's hanging on a wall you can't notice them!

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Voila! How cute is this? {Yes, I have a diverse collection of vintage/antique books}

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We still haven't hung all of our wedding photos that we had framed (about 6 in total ranging in size from 4x6 to this one 11x14.) Once they are all up I may include this Heart Art so we can have it up year round and not just for Valentines Day. IMG_8329I think this may be my first Pinterest success. It only took about 5 failures on other projects to get here. Not very good odds, Erica.

What's the last Pinterest inspired project/meal you tried? Fail or Success?