DIY Button Initial Artwork

I had a family baby shower last week and of course I wanted to DIY a present!

I’ve been doing some name art lately (Kaia, Lia, Avery) so I wanted to do something a little different that would still be super personalized.

I decided to go with some initial artwork which is buttons on canvas.

The canvas was $2 and the buttons were $1/pack for 2 packs from the dollar store (I already had the glue and spray paint on hand).  A $4 gift which brought tears to Baby Gloria’s mum?  Sounds good to me!

Here’s how I made it:

Step 1: Gather your materials


I used canvas, spray paint (already painted in this pic), cardboard, computer printout of letter being used, buttons, scissors and a glue gun.

Step 2: Prep you canvas

I used gold spray paint – I love the colour combo of gold, pink and cream!

Step 3: Cut your letter out on cardboard


I wanted to use a letter as a guide because I didn’t trust my freehand 🙂  Keep in mind that you may see some cardboard through the buttons in the end so you want to use an appropriate colour.

Step 4: Start gluing buttons


I used a glue gun to glue buttons to the cardboard.  There was no rhyme or reason, just pick and glue!  After doing my first layer, I filled in some gaps with additional buttons.

Step 5: Glue your letter to your canvas


Again, I used the glue gun.  I just eyeballed the positioning but you can measure if you are worried about everything lining up properly.

Step 6: Add a border


Using some of my leftover buttons, I jazzed up my canvas with some buttons.

Baby Gloria is an absolute doll and I hope she enjoys her gift!


5 thoughts on “DIY Button Initial Artwork

    • Thanks so much! The project was super easy! I would definitely try some more button artwork if you have any project suggestions 🙂

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