I’ve taken part in the Cute as a Button event at the Confederation Centre of the Arts for 2 years running, so I’ve acquired some pin-on buttons and never had a way to display them. And now I do!

To make one, you will need:

  • a canvas with a wooden frame (I got mine for $2 at a dollar store. You could also use a picture frame without the back on it. Size is up to you.)
  • enough fabric to wrap around the front and the frame of the canvas
  • a glue stick or a hot glue gun
  • duct/masking tape (optional)
  • 2 picture hanging strips (optional) (I like the 3M kind.)
  • pins!

1. Iron your fabric. You don’t want a big ol’ crease down the middle of your fabric.

2. Cut the middle bit out of the canvas. It doesn’t have to be cleanly cut. Ripping it out and using the frame as a guide is probably good enough. If you’re using a picture frame instead of a canvas, you can skip this step.

3. Lay your fabric down with the pattern out. On top of that, place your frame face down so the inside of the frame is exposed. Then wrap the fabric around one side of the frame, using a glue stick or a hot glue gun to secure it to the wood (or plastic/metal). If you’re using a glue stick, press down hard on the fabric with your hand for a few minutes to secure it tight to the frame.

4. Do the same with the opposite side, stretching the fabric tight so the fabric in the middle doesn’t droop.

5. Wrap and glue the rest of the sides down. Wrap the corners as if you were wrapping a present. I sliced up the fabric from the corner to make it easier to fold, and then I trimmed away the extra fabric.

6. Tape down the corners if you are concerned your frame isn’t laying flat. Add your pins- you can do this in rows or keep it messy and fun. Then add a picture hanging strip on each side of the frame to hang on a wall.

7. Hang on a wall and enjoy!

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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.


Melissa September 14, 2012 at 12:39 am

That’s such a good idea! I have yet to do something from the last Cute As A Button contest. PS- Glad little goth girl made the cut 😛

    Jilly September 14, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Of course she did!! As for my owl and my breakfast button, they will stay on my jacket.

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