Button Heart Photo Canvas
I’m that annoying friend. The one you send a Pinterest photo to and say, “Hey, let’s all get together and make this cute craft!” Then on the day of the craft you have that one friend that can’t follow directions and makes something completely different while everyone else is following the tutorial as closely as they can. I’m that friend off to the side pulling out extra sparkles and ribbons and cutting up her supplies cause they just aren’t the right shape. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it ends up a hot mess and out on the curb for the garbage man. Sometimes I get mad at it and the supplies get added to my unfinished pile. Let’s be honest — piles. Plural. I’d be categorized as “doesn’t play well with others” and “doesn’t follow directions” in elementary school. My daughter got a “doesn’t follow directions” on her last report card. I may have been a tad bit proud. Who wants to be like everyone else?
Anyway, some friends and I got together this week to make this button burlap heart canvas from Uncommon Designs. I started to follow directions but just wasn’t feeling it. So I changed it and made it my own. Here’s what I came up with and how to make one for yourself.
- 12″ x 12″ Canvas
- 12″ x 12″ Photo (I had mine printed at Costco for 4$)
- Modge Podge
- Sponge brush
- 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Embroidery thread(optional)
Let’s get to it.
First we will be cutting a heart out of our 12″ x 12″ cardstock. Fold it in half and draw a large half heart. Cut out.
Place it over your photo to see if you like the placement, making sure it won’t cut off anyone’s head or anything like that. If it does, alter your heart until you like what you see. If you need to trim your photo to move the faces down or to one side, you can do that as long as your heart template covers up the fact that your photo is smaller than your canvas. This photo is of my kids from 2014. I’m a little behind on my printing. 🙂
Get your canvas out. If you want to paint the sides of your canvas, do so at this point. Modge Podge your photo to the canvas and set it aside to dry.
Now, this step is optional. It’s kind of time consuming but it’s one of my pet peeves, so I can’t help but do it. I don’t understand buttons just glued on projects like this or a card or eyes on a puppet…anything, that aren’t sewn on or give the impression that they are sewn on. Yes, I am a perfectionist and that’s my personal crafty issue. So I took embroidery floss and tied it onto each of my buttons. It gives it that finished look in my little perfectionist mind. If it doesn’t bug you, skip it.
Once your photo is dried, place your template over your photo and trace the inside of your heart with a pencil. We will be filling outside of that line on our canvas.
Start gluing. Overlap buttons. Get them in all the negative space, making sure not to have them hanging off of the canvases sides. Keep going until all the negative space is filled. Display somewhere fabulous.
My button collection is a lot lighter now. 🙂