Wooden Letter Decorated With Buttons

Oversized letters continue to be incredibly popular, and are a great way of adding some modern decoration to your home or office. For a more unique take on the trend, why not try these DIY letters decorated with buttons? They’re really fun and easy to make, and you get to put your hard work pride-of-place on the mantelpiece when you’re done (sounds good, doesn’t it?) Just follow the simple steps below to create your own.  

Getting Started

First thing’s first: gather your materials. Before you start this tutorial, you will need:

  • Plain wooden letters
  • Primer and a paint brush
  • Spray paint in a colour of your choice
  • Diamantes and a good selection of buttons (preferably in a similar shade to your spray paint – we’ve gone with a red palette)
  • Tweezers (for the fiddly stuff)
  • Tecbond 240-12-250 clear glue and a glue gun (we have used the tec 305 as it’s so compact and lightweight)

Before we can start decorating, it’s important to paint the letters with one or two coats of primer. This will give a better finish to the spray paint and make the whole thing look more professional. Once the primer is completely dry, spray paint your letters, taking care to follow the instructions on the back of the can. When you’re happy that you’ve got the right coverage of paint, leave the letters to dry completely (again, it’s always a good idea to refer to the back of the can for details on how long the paint takes to dry thoroughly, and not just to the touch).

Now for the fun bit: when your letters are dry, you can begin to decorate. Start by creating a border of diamantes around the outside of your letter. This can be quite tricky, so it’s a good idea to use tweezers to get your placement as accurate as possible.

Next, arrange your buttons on the letter. You can throw them on as randomly as you like, layering them on top of each other until you’re happy with the effect. It’s a good idea to lay them out first and glue in place later, as this way you can make sure that everything fits, looks good, and avoid mistakes.

To add some extra variety, why not make your own gems, shapes or lettering from coloured glue using silicone moulds? These moulds can be purchased from any craft shop and provide a really quick and easy way of shaping glue. To avoid disappointment, always make sure that the moulds are made from silicone before purchasing (see our Hints & Tips for more information).  

Once you’re happy with the way that your buttons are laid out, you can begin to glue them down.  

Be sure to overlay your buttons and decorations to fill any gaps and create a multi-layered effect.

The MDJ018 precision nozzle (sold separately) will help with this – it’s great for dispensing glue into any hard to reach nooks and crannies.  

Once you’ve glued your last button, leave the letter for a couple of minutes to allow the glue to dry completely. And, that’s it!

You can now enjoy your finished letter.

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