Button Mosaic Magnet

Use your extra buttons to create a beautiful button mosaic magnet, ornament, or keepsake.

  1. Ages: 3 - 5

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather extra buttons and cut a shape from a cardboard box. I chose a star, but I wish I would have kept it a square or a circle to leave us more room for the buttons. Punch a hole in the cardboard if you think you might want to hang your mosaic with a piece of ribbon.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    We talked about different designs we could make with the buttons. For example, a row of purple, a row of green, etc., or a border of one color and the inside a different color. He finally decided he wanted to include his initial so he drew the letter B in the middle with glue. He chose colored glitter glue, but regular white glue dries clear and works great too.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    He arranged the purple buttons on top of the glue to make the letter B. It was harder to arrange than we originally thought it would be.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Continue arranging the buttons with glue to complete your mosaic design. If you punched a hole in your cardboard, you can still put a button over it with the hole in the button aligning with the hole in the cardboard.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Final result!

    Let the glue dry and attach a magnet or use a string to hang it up. He loved that the first letter of his name was hidden in the middle of the design. We attached a magnet to ours and it helps display artwork, but I also think it will be cool to make one with Christmas colors and put it on the tree this Winter.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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