A couple of years ago, I was inspired by photos on Pinterest to make some button Easter eggs. (Parts of this post first appeared appeared March 11, 2012).
I initially planned to try a framed button egg.
Then I saw these styrofoam eggs on Pinterest and decided to give them a try. I can't find the original source. These photographs have been included in many round ups, and round ups without links. Maybe from Flicker.
These button eggs on candlesticks are just adorable.
Then there was this white button egg from John Derian in Vogue magazine. This one is my very favorite.
For my button eggs, I purchased styrofoam eggs from the craft shop, and sorted my buttons into color groups. I painted the eggs with a base coat of acrylic paint in colors of my button groups. I used Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky glue to attach the buttons.
Instead of squeezing the bottle each time to add a button, I would squirt some out on a paper plate and use a Qtip, a brush or some sort of applicator to apply the glue to the underside of the button. My hand became too sore squeezing the bottle for each button. Each time I added a button I held it in place for a couple minutes until the glue held it in place.
I overlapped my buttons slightly for better coverage and for more texture.
I have used my button Easter eggs in various vignettes.
In Spanish moss in zinc pots.
In a vintage strainer with styrofoam rag balls.
Displayed on hand mirrors.
In a shabby chic Easter vignette in a vintage soap dish.
I wonder where I will use them this year? Time will tell.