Friday, May 4, 2012

Framed Button Cross

     Hi Everybody! Have I got a project to show you today!

     Recently, one of my good friends had a birthday, and I wanted to make her a gift. I know she loves crosses, and I had seen an outline of a cross made out of white buttons on another blog. I thought, "If an outlined cross looks cute, a solid cross made of multi-colored buttons would look great!" So I got out my buttons and a chunk of linen fabric and got to work.
     I attached the fabric to the back part of the frame. Then I used fabric glue to attach the buttons to the fabric. Then I placed the whole thing in the frame
     For the frame, I had a nice new 10" x 17" wooden frame. I thought it looked a little blah when I put the cross in it. So I sanded it and tried to figure out how to add some color without spray paint (it was too late to spray paint and I knew I could come up with something that didn't need much drying time). Here's what I did: I got some red acrylic paint and added water. Then I proceeded to brush that on the frame- kind of like white-washing, only it was red-washing!
     I still felt like it needed something, so once it was dry, I got some antiquing medium and rubbed it on the paint. It made the wood lines pop out. I was pleased with the effect.
     To finish it off, I added rub on letters that say, "Believe."
     I just freehanded this cross, but if you'd like to make one, you could always print out a cross, cut it out, and trace around it on the fabric. Then just make sure you cover up your pencil marks.
     What do you think?

     Thanks for stopping by and God bless. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

This post is linked to Life in Grace and


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1 comment:

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

This is SO sweet and what a perfect gift idea! Thanks so much for linking it up to Ditto DIY!