Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Button Tray

Do you adore buttons? I do...

....so I made a small button tray
(measuring about 10 x 5 inches):

button tray mel stampz

In a former life, this used to be one of those light (balsa wood-ish) trays from the dollar store. It cost 50 cents ($2.00 for a nesting set of 4). The buttons are a mix of cheapos and yummy vintage ones that were a gift from my Mum. They're all happy together, just glued onto a piece of black cardstock.

make a button tray:

1) Sand the wood a little with some sandpaper & wipe the dust off.

2) Paint the tray with white acrylic paint (or whatever paint you like).

3) Adhere a piece of black cardstock for contrast (cut to fit the bottom of the tray). Of course, you could use any colour...or none at all.

4) Arrange your buttons first to be sure you have enough of them & they're how you like them.

5) Glue em down! The easiest way to keep the arrangement seemed to be to pick each button up one by one & glue the buttons into the tray bottom (using clear lacquer glue).
Little note: having some teeny tiny buttons makes it easiest to fill the tray nicely right to the edges.



If you wanted to, you could add a piece of glass to the tray to make it fit for use at a tea party (or for cocktails). To make it level, I would just be sure to have several buttons of the same height (the highest buttons of your collection) in each of the corners so that the glass sits evenly atop them, and then you could affix the glass by gluing on wooden trim, or however you like.

...and that's it!...
button tray detail mel stampz

And wouldn't it be nifty to make one of these with
a zillion snaps instead of buttons??? sigghhhhhh!

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Happy Crafting!


P.s. Got a thing for buttons?

21 comments:

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh how pretty!

Baukje said...

You're so clever Mel, I love this idea.

Bumblebee said...

That is so lovely! I would be reluctant to use all my buttons like that though, although at least they are on show, unlike in my button box!!!Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

cute as a button!!! just like u!

mekei said...

i have jars and jars of buttons!!!! color coded of course. what, some people don't????

Noreen said...

What a fun way to enjoy your button collection! Thanks for the button links... I always love your lists of links!!

Suzi said...

Oh, I love buttons! I sorted mine all out by color into little compartments to be "organized." Ha! Really, just to play with them!

thestampinglady said...

What an awesome idea. I have so many buttons that will never make it onto a card. Very creative--thanks for sharing.

Tabitha said...

Too cute, love the colors you used. TFS

Dawn said...

now how cool is that! only you Mel!
oxox

E.T said...

I always say, Queen of Creativity!! This is brilliant! I love the monochrome look! It would look good in wood finish too, using shades of brown and maybe throw a couple of Teal buttons for a pop of colour while we are at! ehehe But personally i love this white base!

Barbara said...

I love button too :)great idea!! regards-Barbara

Anesha said...

Love your tray and such a fab idea!

Anonymous said...

good morning mel cute little box love lady

Linda w said...

I'm a nut for buttons too, what a great way this is to keep your favourites, while having a clean conscience about not hoarding them lol. It is so pretty, I hope you are keeping it on desplay. Hugs lin

Beth Norman said...

This is so awesome. Very creative as usual. I do love the "all white."

Karen B. said...

This is absolutely amazing! And tons better than just setting them in a tray for little boys to spill!

martha velasco prieto. said...

me encanta como ha quedado la bandeja!!se ve divina y muy elegante!!quiero hacer una igual!!gracias por mostrar!!!es bellisima!

http://loriell.blogspot.com/ said...

Sooo pretty! The patience's for that
one!!!

Myrna said...

Mel
What a clever lady you are. Love the scallop idea and well, now I can display those ice cream buckets of buttons I and my mother have collected over the years!!!!
Could be a few Christmas presents coming up with buttons.
I am so glad you dusted off the Cricut. Keep those ideas coming.
I am a follower.
Myrna

erinantonelli said...

Have you ever thought of spreading an epoxy?