For Jill's birthday, I gathered a bunch of gifts: something I knew she wanted, some things I knew she'd use and enjoy for her family, and for herself, and then... I tried something crafty, too.
Around Christmas-time, I spotted THIS LITTLE BUTTON HOUSE on Pinterest, and followed the link to This Girl's Life. (If you want a little "Christmas in May", head on over to check out her cute decorating!) I had seen the same type of paper-mache houses at Hobby Lobby, so I was inspired to try my hand at one of these.
My version, as you can see, is not meant to be Christmas-y.
- paper-mache house
- spray paint
- buttons of various sizes and colors
- E-6000 adhesive
- Remove the "lid" of the house, and spray-paint both sections inside and out. I chose a neutral color, and think it gives a nicer finished look than the paper-mache. (Make sure to follow the directions on the paint can, and work in a well-ventilated space.)
- While the paint is drying, choose your buttons. I love the monochromatic Christmas inspiration, but I'm tickled with the result of my multi-colored house as well.
- When the paint is dry, decide on placement of buttons. I recommend placing them before gluing them so that you can make sure you have the sizes and quantity that you need to fill the space. (Note: I only filled the front-facing spaces on my house w/ the exception of the "flowers" under the side windows.)
- TIP: As I glued buttons, I had the house on it's back so that the buttons could not slide as the glue dried.
- A quirky little button house that says, "There's no place like home!"