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Triple Heart Button Frame

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Use a foam sheet to cut these "cute as a button" heart-shaped homemade picture frames. For some extra fun and funk, let the kids decorate the frame with heart-shaped buttons.
 


 

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Sheet, 12" x 12" x 1/2"
  • Acrylic paints: blue; green
  • Felt, 9" x 12" sheet each: blue; green
  • Heart-shaped novelty buttons, assorted colors: mini, about 200; medium, about 60
  • Satin ribbon, color of choice, 1/2" x 2/3 yd.
  • 3 wooden skewers
  • Stiff-bristled paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Pattern

 

Instructions:

  1. Use marker to trace patterns onto foam sheet as indicated. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin; cut out hearts, including center areas. Gently sand rough edges with scrap foam. Insert skewer into bottom of each heart.
     
  2. Holding skewers, paint large heart green and small hearts blue. Place skewers in heavy glass or jar; let dry.
     
  3. Using photo and pattern as placement guides, glue small hearts to front of large heart; let dry.
     
  4. Cut following from felt: one 3" green square; two 2" x 2-1/2" blue rectangles. Glue felt pieces to back of corresponding hearts, covering openings. Glue bottom edge and sides only; leave top edges open to insert photos.
     
  5. Use white glue to adhere mini buttons to inside edge and front of each small heart. Repeat for large heart, using medium buttons; save one button for hanger. Let dry.
     
  6. Cut ribbon length in half. Glue one ribbon end to top back of each small heart. Tie ribbon ends into bow above large heart as shown. Glue button to center of bow.

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