Button Art

I promised to post about how I make the button art I’ve been obsessed with lately, so here we are!

Below are a few examples of canvases I’ve made for family and friends. I usually do the first letter of someone’s first or last name. You could totally get creative and do something different, though!

I decided to photograph the process of making an “M” for my cousin’s daughter, Macie. First, let’s take a moment to reflect on how adorable she is!

Okay, back to the button art.

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas, your choice of size
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pencil
  • Buttons
  • Multi-purpose glue
  • Stencil or letter printed out and cut into a stencil
  • Mod Podge gloss (optional)


  1. Paint the canvas your choice of color and allow it to dry completely. Lightly trace your printed letter or stencil onto the canvas in pencil.
  2. Glue buttons inside the letter, starting with larger ones and finishing with smaller ones. You can put the glue onto the buttons or directly onto the canvas, it’s up to you.
  3. If using Mod Podge, apply with a paint brush to the canvas, careful to avoid the buttons.
  4. Allow glue and Mod Podge (if using) to dry and show off your artwork!

Ta da! Pretty simple, right? Let me know if you have any questions!



  1. These are so pretty! It’s so cool that something as small as a button can be incorporated into an art piece that looks that stunning!

  2. I’m still obsessed with these from the first time you post them. It’s so simple yet perfect wall decor. I’m thinking of doing one for myself and Andrew and hanging them up in our room…I think it’ll look so cute. I’ve never actually bought buttons before, but do they usually come with an assortment of colors/sizes? Or do you have to buy each size/color individually?

    xo, JJ

    1. Aww, thanks Jenny!! I’d love to see yours if you decide to make them for you and Andrew! As for the buttons, I usually go to JoAnn Fabrics and look around in their button section. Poor Jimmy… I drag him along while I look at buttons for half an hour ;). JoAnn’s has an assortment of buttons in all different shapes, sizes, and colors and a lot of them come in variety packs, which is perfect for a project like this!

  3. This is SO cool!! I’m pinning this now so I can remember this project when I’m feeling artsy ๐Ÿ™‚ This might be a silly question, but what is the benefit of using Mod Podge? Does it hold everything together better or is it just to make the finish look smooth?

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to try it out! The benefit of using Mod Podge is that it makes the canvas look shiny and smooth! Totally not a silly question ๐Ÿ™‚

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