Last Fall we had an accent wall done in our bedroom with a wallpaper I’d been admiring on Pinterest, for what seemed like forever. I love it so much, I feel like the designer made it specifically with me and mind. He or she (why do we not have a gender neutral pronoun in the English language?) didn’t of course, but I still couldn’t fathom getting rid of even the tiniest of scraps of it. I knew I could spread lit bits of happy, throughout other projects besides our home. Fortunately, wallpaper makes for a great, crafting medium. Stronger than most scrap booking paper, wallpaper takes glue without tearing or bubbling, which lends itself well to decoupage work.
I never seem to have the right buttons on hand when I’m ready to embellish a project. Unfortunately here in Austin, TX the waited-’til-the-last-minute-button pickin’s are slim. Thank the sweet, crafty gods, though because in just a few minutes — and with supplies you may have in your own house — you can DIY a set of fasteners that are totally unique. Here’s how I used scraps of that beloved, bedroom wallpaper to create just the pop of color that a crochet project of mine needed!
Plain, wooden buttons (found at craft store — any size)
Pin or needle
1. Trace around button onto wallpaper.
2. Cut out traced shape (does not need to be perfect.)
3. Place piece on button; use nail to create creases along button indendations.
4. Trim along creased lines.
5. Apply a thin coat of glue/sealer to button surface; place wallpaper piece on top.
6. Seal with an additional, thin coat of glue/sealer; let dry.
7. Poke through paper to reveal button holes.
8. Attach to any project that needs a little, POW!
(Look for the reveal of the project these buttons adorn in the Fall 2015 issue of, Interweave Crochet Magazine!)