{Green Decorating} Using Vintage Buttons As Wall Art

Sewing kits are often loaded with a variety of buttons for replacement or decoration for your clothing, blankets, and more. As you buy buttons for other projects, you toss the extras into a button jar or tin, then walk away and forget about the mountain of buttons you continue to amass. The buttons get dated as the years progress, and eventually you toss the garment that they were originally purchased for, wasting money.

Here are a few eco-friendly ideas for using vintage buttons as wall art instead of throwing away money or contributing to a landfill.

Picture Frames

If you choose the right buttons to decorate a picture frame, they can make an elegant addition to an otherwise boring or plain frame. The trick is finding buttons that show off the topic of the photo. For instance, you can choose such as beautiful gold or elegant pearl button for a formal picture, or even choose vibrant colors that enhance colors in the photo or picture.

To add buttons to existing picture frames, start by doing a test run, laying the buttons on the frame without any form of adhesive to test the color combination or arrangement. Once you are happy with the layout, use a hot glue gun or similar method to adhere the buttons permanently. Be careful not to add too much glue, or it will seep out from under the button.

Photo Collages

Picture collages are one of the most popular decorative accents for bedrooms, kids’ rooms, dorm rooms, and grandparents’ brag walls. Buttons can add a creative touch to these collages, or they can help you create a sort of frame for the collage, giving it a more finished look. There is no limit to your creativity with buttons on collages, and you can use any button in any color, anywhere you want to put it.

Always start by arranging your photographs, and then add buttons without adhesive to set up your desired layout. Once you have achieved the look you want, use glue or another adhesive to attach the buttons in the desired spot. This is a great opportunity to use a lot of buttons in one project to create a fun layered look.

Hanging Lamps

Hanging lamps are not often viewed as an accessory, but if you take a moment to consider placement and significance of the lamp, you will soon see that a great hanging lamp can be a component of any focal point on the wall. If you dress up a hanging lamp with vintage buttons, you can draw even more attention to the fixture, turning it into a unique focal point. Choose buttons that complement surrounding furnishings and art for a
cohesive look.

Keep in mind that you cannot use traditional glues to affix items to lamps, due to the heat generated by bulbs. Even a faux candle can loosen the wax, causing the button to fall off over time. Instead, find an adhesive that will hold even under heat, by getting ideas at your local home improvement store.

Alyssa Davis, writes exclusively for Metal-Wall-Art.com, and specifically about designing with sailboat wall art and outdoor wall grilles.
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  1. Cute ideas. I inherited my grandma’s sewing basket and will be able to use the button collection from that. Thanks.