This craft has many applications, the only limit is your imagination! So we’re starting with creating a button and bead heart. As you can see from the image, this is made up of red buttons and beads.
You can also have fun with this by raiding craft stores for other embellishments and adding
them in as well. I can lose hours in craft stores looking around and have to rein myself in from spending too much!
There are so many pretty things to choose from! You could add flowers to your, try different colours. You could even get stick on letters to add an initial to your heart if it’s for someone special, or numbers to signify a birthday.
I created this heart to go into a deep box frame, but there are many variations you can try. It could make a pretty decoration for a box, a hanging decoration or the front of card for a personal touch.
The button heart would make a lovely gift for special occasions such as mother’s day, birthday, anniversary, or just because you want to!
You can use only buttons for your creation, if you wish. Just play around with different sizes and how they look, but I like to add in beads as well. It does require a bit of patience though – it can be fiddly!
That’s why the glue I use is superglue precision tip, with a long nozzle which makes it easier to apply. (You could also use a hot glue gun if you’d prefer.)
Here are the supplies you’ll need to make the button and bead heart.
• Red buttons of varying sizes
• Red beads
• Plain white card
• Superglue (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)
• Deep box frame
• White card
I got these material from Amazon, The Range UK and Hobbycraft.
STEP 1: Measure your card. This will depend on what you’re creating, but as I’m putting mine in a frame I take out the frame insert and lightly trace around it on my card and cut it out. Then I double check it fits into the frame.
STEP 2: Lightly trace the outline of a heart onto your card. I use dotted lines. Then you’re ready to begin the sticking!
STEP 3: Arrange the larger items on your card first. I’ve arranged the buttons in a pleasing way on my card. If I was using a flower or initial, I’d also place it at this stage. When you’re happy with the arrangement, then stick each one down with superglue.
I find it easier to put the glue on the paper then place and hold the button on it, rather than putting the glue on the button.
STEP 4: Now for the part that requires patience! Get your tweezers and beads ready. Put the glue on a little area at a time, as it dries quickly, then place the beads, one at a time onto your card. Go around the outline of the heart, covering over your dotted line, and fill in the space between the buttons.
I’m left handed, so like to work from the right to the left, so you may prefer going from left to right if you’re right handed.
When you done a little area, squeeze a little more glue over the beads which seals them in. With superglue, you’re supposed to hold the item firmly to the surface, but this isn’t possible with the beads as they can end up sticking to the tweezers, so and extra bit of glue on top of them, once they’re in place will hold them firm.
STEP 5: Once you’ve finished placing all the beads then wait for the glue to dry. Once it’s dry then you put it into your frame.
Doesn’t it look fabulous?
As I said earlier, there are so many variations you can make on this heart using different colours and embellishments.
It doesn’t take a long time to make, depending on the size of your heart, and would make a lovely gift for someone, or to keep for yourself.
What will you create?
© Gillian Adams 2019