Watermelon Button Canvas Craft

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This watermelon button canvas craft will be perfect for an adult or kid’s fun summer craft. You can modify this design accordingly to fit the child’s age. I’ve always admired button crafts and I can finally check it off my “want to make” craft list. It’s been on my list forever!

WATERMELON BUTTON CANVAS CRAFT

completed watermelon button canvas craft

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • 9 X 12 canvas ~ Hobby Lobby
  • DecoArt Wild Berry craft paint
  • Apple Barrel Parakeet craft paint
  • black craft paint
  • pink shades of Sew.ology buttons
  • red and green buttons ~ variety 6-pack Sew.ology
  • black Sew.ology buttons
  • green Le Bouton buttons
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • small straight edge artist brush
  • painter’s tape
  • dotter tool
supplies or watermelon button canvas craft

HOW TO MAKE THE WATERMELON BUTTON CANVAS CRAFT

STEP 1: MEASURE AND PLACE BUTTONS

Measure the width and height of the canvas and made a tiny mark on the canvas indicating the center points on the edges.

Separate the buttons by color. Start placing them on your canvas to get a rough idea of how you want your design to look. Move your design as needed so that the design will be centered on the canvas. Use the pencil marks as your guide for centering.

You don’t need to fill the design area completely at this time, just enough to get a rough idea of placement. Do not glue yet.

Leave the buttons in place. If you are using a 9 x 12 canvas, measure for a 1-inch border and make pencil marks on the canvas.

step for placing buttons for the watermelon button canvas craft

STEP 2: TAPE AND PAINT BORDER

Tear off a strip of painter’s tape. Use your pencil marks to place the tape down for a perfect straight edge. Run your fingernail along the tape edge to ensure a crisp painted border. Repeat on the opposite side.

Paint the border area using the foam brush. First, paint away from the tape edge so there is no bleed through, then paint in an upward and downward motion. Complete 2 coats on each side.

Once those two sides are completely dry, tape off for the next two sides. Paint as instructed above and let dry completely before going to the next step.

painting step for the watermelon button canvas craft

STEP 3: GLUE ON BUTTONS

I followed the process below for gluing down the buttons with Alene’s Tacky Glue:

  • place the bottom layer of green buttons where you want them, vary the color and button style, then glue in place
  • follow suit for the bottom layer of pink buttons, then the bottom layer of red buttons, again varying the color and button style, and glue in place
  • randomly glue the top layer of green buttons, covering some empty spaces if needed and some to add dimension in other areas
  • follow suit for the top pink layer, then the top red layer, again varying colors and button styles
  • glue the black buttons on
close up of the button watermelon

STEP 4: MEASURE FOR THE CHECK DESIGN

Measure and mark with pencil where the black checks will be. I started measuring from the middle of the canvas then outward making pencil marks for where the center of each black check will be painted. Follow suit for all sides.

When using a 9 x 12 canvas, you’ll notice that on the 2 long sides that the checks on the ends are not 1 inch, but I think it looks fine once the entire design is completed.

STEP 5: PAINT THE CHECK DESIGN

Painting the black checks is done freehand, but it’s really not too hard. It just requires a steady hand.

Use a 1-inch foam paint brush to paint the black checks. Don’t load the brush with tons of paint. Load the paint and tap down the brush sides on a paper towel so it doesn’t end up with globs of paint on the edges of the painted check.

Center the brush head at the middle of your pencil mark, place the foam tip slightly below the pink line, and lightly brush paint downward from pink edge to edge of canvas.

At this point, the checks will not look perfect. Use a small artist brush with straight edge to fill in the checks. The straight brush head will help to make a crisp line where the white joins the black check, as well as the rest of the check.

STEP 5: MAKE A DOTTED BORDER

Use a dotting tool, the end of an artist brush, or a sewing pin with a ball tip (like I did ) to dot the border with green paint. Wipe off your dotter occasionally when making the dots.

watermelon craft showing closeup of dotted border

Whew, you’re all done now! This project takes a while, but it’s worth the fun and whimsical outcome.

Do you think you’ll try making this watermelon button canvas craft or will you use this craft for inspiration to create a different fruit design?

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20 thoughts on “Watermelon Button Canvas Craft”

  1. Thanks for the compliments, Patti! I love displaying bright and colorful summer decor and I’ll add this watermelon to my rotation.

  2. I’ve always admired buttons crafts. Even though I have tons of buttons, when it came time for this project, I didn’t have the “right” colors and had to buy more buttons! I predict more button crafts in the future.

  3. I’ve always admired button crafts, as well. Some of the intricate ones I’ve seen are like works of art. Mine is beginner style ~ lol.

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