As any of my friends might tell you, I collect stuff. Primarily I collect "stuff" to repurpose it into something wonderful ... maybe functional or maybe just an art form. I've been known to collect some great treasures (my words) from Junk Yards. Wonderful pieces of metal from machinery or who knows what? In my mind I envision making large pieces of art that combine some of these treasures. I see possibilities everywhere!
At one time, I was even making "root monsters" from fallen limbs of trees. They have a special place in my heart. Other times, I use normal everyday objects to encrust things like an old piece of furniture that has seen better days. One of my favorite things to use is old buttons. Everyone has a jar of buttons around, but if you don't you can find them at flea markets, auctions and garage sales. You can buy them for next to nothing. You might even have an aunt or grandmother that has hundreds.
Shown here is the button cupboard I made last year. I found the old cupboard for $20 and then painted it white. Then I started gluing (I used household Goop available at hardware stores and craft stores, most anywhere) buttons in a random array, filling in the top inserts of the cupboard doors. My intention was to also do the bottom inserts of the doors but I decided I like just the tops encrusted with the buttons. This is a wonderful family craft project you could make this summer. Check at garage sales and flea markets for really inexpensive furniture and also the buttons.
Another project, using buttons, involves painting and gluing a frame. My grandson, Ryan, made his button frame in an afternoon and then took it home to use on his bedroom wall. Kids love these types of craft projects and they get a real sense of accomplishment when it is a functional piece to be used in the home or given as a gift. Remember you can use any other type of discarded objects and make your own unique piece of art or furniture!
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by Sharon Pierce McCullough