Thanks to Totally Tutorials I was lucky enough to be selected by Incomparable Buttons to receive a free set of their handmade handpainted buttons in exchange for posting a tutorial of what I did with them. After perusing page after page of beautiful buttons, how could I resist these?
Supplies I used:
My first step was to measure the length & width of the top of the clothespin. Next I took the clothes pins apart, gave them a light sanding & painted them with the acrylic paint. Make sure you keep the matched pairs together--makes it much easier to reassemble later! If you plan to cover the top completely, you can leave it unpainted.
While you are waiting for the paint to dry, you can begin assembling your tops. Some options are:
For the one on the left, I drew a tree and cut it out of craft foam. If this is challenging to you, try to find a cookie cutter or wood shape to trace around. I added a decopage pine cone, a small piece of artificial greenery & a preserved pine cone from an craft pick. For this one, I sewed the button on & glued the tree onto the clothes pin with craft glue.
For the one on the right, I decorated a wooden tag with a piece of scrapbook paper, added greenery & a bottle brush tree. This moose was glued on with E6000 & after stamping a few words at the top I glued the tag to the clothes pin with wood glue.
I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial & will visit both Totally Tutorials to see all the neat tutorials they post, and Button Mad to see their fabulous selection of buttons!