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Today I’m going to teach you how to make a pumpkin picture made out of buttons. This is a fairly easy craft and only requires a few materials. The most difficult parts of the craft are finding buttons and deciding what to use as a frame. I’ll go over both parts a little later but first I want to show you everything you need to make your own.
supplies needed to make a button pumpkin picture
- 1/4 yard solid-colored fabric for the background (you’ll use less)
- 1/4 yard batting (you’ll use less)
- thick cardboard or any other rigid or semi-rigid backer for back of picture
- buttons (orange-ish and brown or green)
- fabric scissors
- thin wood strips for frame or a wood picture frame
- staple gun and staples (optional)
If you don’t want to read the directions and follow along with pics you can jump to the bottom of the post to watch the video.
Let’s talk about the most important part of this project, the buttons. I collect buttons and have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with them but for those of you who don’t, it’s okay, they’re easy enough to find. You can purchase buttons at any craft store and even Walmart or Amazon. Not every store sells
You’re going to want to find buttons in the orange family. That could mean orange, yellow, tan, beige, red, pink and all variations in between. My pumpkin has buttons with colors that range everywhere in between. I like the character the different shades give the pumpkin as opposed to using buttons that are all the same color. It’s totally up to you, though. You’ll also need a few of either green or brown buttons for the stem.
For those of you who have a stash of buttons on hand, you’ll want to scour through them picking out the ones that match the description above. I love the look of vintage buttons. They are so unique. Don’t be afraid to use different sizes and shapes either. My pumpkin is made with many different sized buttons and even has a few square ones thrown in. It’s up to you if you want to use raised buttons. You know the ones that sit on a little stump where the thread holes are. I used a few of those and they work fine when they’re glued into place.
It’s completely up to you as to what kind of frame you want to put around your picture. I chose to use old wood lath that came out of my parent’s old farmhouse. You can use those or even new thin wood boards as long as you have a way to cut them to size. My hubby cut my boards for me but it’s really not too difficult if you have the proper tools. He used an electric miter saw but you can use a table saw or even jigsaw if you can cut straight.
The other option is to use a wood picture frame. You would choose a frame based on the size you want your pumpkin to be. For instance, if you use an 8″ x 10″ frame your pumpkin has to fit within that frame so take that into consideration when choosing one. When using a picture frame you’ll only be using the frame itself so you can remove the backing and the glass and either find another use for those items or dispose of them.
Lets get this pumpkin started!
Step 1. Gather your buttons. You’ll want to lay out a rough draft of your pumpkin so that you know how big to make your background and frame. If you’re using a bought frame make sure your pumpkin will fit within the frame.
Step 2. Now that you have an idea of your pumpkin size you can trim your cardboard or backer. You’re going to want your cardboard big enough so that there is space on all four sides between the pumpkin and the frame. ***You want the cardboard bigger than the opening of the frame but smaller than the outer edge. You’ll be gluing the frame onto the backer so you don’t want to be able to see the backer around the outside edges. You can lay your frame on top of the cardboard and trace it then cut a little bit smaller than your traced lines.
Step 3. Cut your fabric and batting so that it covers the cardboard. The easiest way to do this is to lay the cardboard on top of the fabric. Give yourself about an inch overhang on each side and cut your fabric. Once you have your fabric trimmed lay it on the batting and do the same but this time leave no overhang.
Step 4. Glue your batting and fabric onto the cardboard. I’m using one of my favorite glues and you can read all about its glue sister and why I love it here. Lay your batting flat on the table and center the cardboard on top. Apply a bead of glue around one edge at a time and then fold the batting over the glue. Hold it until set then move to another edge. Be careful not to pull the batting too tight or your cardboard may bend but don’t leave any slack in it either.
You can choose to miter the corner of the batting or just fold them over and paste them down. When the batting is secure move onto the fabric. I chose to put a dot of glue in the center of the front to keep the fabric affixed to the batting. You can do this also just make sure to cover any mark it may leave with a button. Glue the fabric down the same way you did the batting. Set aside to allow everything to dry.
Step 5. Time to glue your buttons down. Transfer your buttons onto your
Step 6. Make your frame. The frame is going to lay on top of your picture’s edge so be careful to consider that when measuring. You need enough of an overlap to keep it secure. My covered cardboard measured 9 1/4″ x 13 1/4″ and my assembled frame was 11″ x 14 3/4″. You want the opening of the frame to be smaller than the entire height and width of your cardboard. It’s up to you how you want to cut your boards. I didn’t want mitered corners. I wanted the corners to butt up against each other to form an L. Basically two long slats with two shorter slats in between.
Once your wood is measured and cut you can glue it together. I glued mine but wanted to make sure it stayed together so I used a staple gun to secure the pieces. You don’t have to do this step but I like the fact that the joined edges are reinforced.
Step 7. Attach the frame to your picture. I chose to run a bead of glue around the entire outer edge of my fabric covered cardboard and then lay the frame on top of the picture to make sure it was centered. You can choose to do that or put the glue on the frame and then lay it on the picture. Do whichever you are most comfortable with. Allow the entire project to dry lying flat.
Voilà! Your button pumpkin picture is complete! I’d love to see your finished product. If you make one be sure to show me by tagging me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.