Have a collection of vintage buttons you are dieing to show off? These vintage button drink coasters are a simple vintage craft project that makes great se of all of those vintage buttons you find that the flea market. So, get your vintage buttons out of those jars collecting dust on the shelves and turn them into these fabulous drink coasters.
These vintage buttons drink coaster also make a fabulous and unique hostess gift for anyone who loves vintage stuff as much as you do.
Overall this vintage craft project will take you an hour or two on two different n days. The difficulty scale is easy.
This vintage buttons drink coaster is easy to make, and perfect for any decor. You can choose vintage buttons and paints that match any décor from country to contemporary.
To make an vintage buttons drink coast Craft Project You Will Need:
4″X4″ inch picture Frame
Piece of plywood cut to 4’X4″
Start this craft project by taking your small picture frame apart. Remove the back, all of the cardboard, and the glass. Now, take some pliers and pull out any of those metal tabs that hold the back onto your picture frame.
Now, lightly sand your picture frame with a fine grit sand paper. Wipe the dust away. Prime the entire picture frame with a good quality primer like Kilz.
Once the primer has dried you can add a coat of pastel paint in your choice of color. I like to use colors or even metallic that can easily blend with any vintage buttons. Milk paint is always a great choice for a vintage look as well.
Cut your piece of plywood to 4″x4″. Glue some wood glue around the edge of the piece of wood. Layer the paint picture frame on top of the piece of wood. Carefully line up the edges so that they look it clean and professional. Use finishing nails to attach the frame to the piece of wood.
Now for the fun part. You need to decide on a pattern for your vintage buttons on the drink coaster.
I like to trace the frame on some paper, and then play around with a design there.
Use a trowel to scoop some tile adhesive out onto your piece of wood, filling the area inside of the frame. Try not to get any onto the frame. If you do though, wipe it off with a damp rag. If some adhesive dries on your frame you will have to sand it to remove it.
Lay your vintage buttons in a design filling up most of the inside of the frame.
Now, fill in the rest of the space with a different colored vintage buttons.
Let them sit over night and dry into place.
Use the same trowel to smooth grout over the dried vintage buttons. Completely fill all of the open spaces in between the vintage buttons. Don’t leave any gaps or air bubbles because you will have to go back and fill them in later if you miss them. You can use colored grout instead of white.
Allow the grout to set up for about 20 minutes, and then carefully wipe it away with a damp sponge or rag. Ring the sponge out in water to keep it clean, and then wipe some more grout away.
Cut out a piece of pastel felt to 4″X4″. Carefully glue it onto the bottom of your vintage buttons coaster. This will protect your table fro being scratched.