Button Heart Canvas

Make a fun wall or shelf canvas using old newspapers, buttons and spray paint. Cut newspaper and arrange buttons into desired shape or letters!
By  Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.  



  • Artist canvas with wrapped sides, 9”x12”
  • Chevron stencil, 14”x14”
  • Buttons in assorted sizes, 30


  • Design Master: ColorTool Metallic Brilliant Silver Spray, TintIT  Strawberry Transparent Spray Dye
  • Adhesives: Design Master Tack 1000 or Tack 2000 Spray Adhesive, glue gun and glue sticks

basic supplies

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Old newspapers
  • White copy paper
  • Cardboard piece 
  • Large cardboard box (for spraying)
  • Paper towels

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Project Instructions

*tip: Look online for fun-shaped hearts to design the shape you want. Or fold copy paper in half and draw a symmetrical heart. 

1. Spray back of stencil with adhesive in a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area inside a large cardboard box for temporary adhesion. Position stencil onto canvas and press in place, making sure all edges of stencil are in tight contact with canvas. 

2. Put another layer of newspaper onto spray area to cover sticky newspapers. Set canvas on newspapers and spray straight down onto stencil with Brilliant Silver, evenly coating open areas of stencil. Wait five minutes and remove stencil.

3. Cover sprayed area in box with another layer of newspaper. Find sheet of newspaper that has an area that is only copy and free of  advertising or headlines. Lightly mist 8”x10” area with Strawberry TintIT to dye newspaper just enough to color it, still allowing words to show. Let dry.


4. Set buttons onto scrap cardboard piece with 1” between them. Set cardboard piece into box. Spray buttons with multiple coats of Strawberry TintIT, letting them dry between coats, for a opaque finish. Let dry. 

5. On copy paper, sketch heart shape. Cut and trace onto sprayed newsprint. Cut out newsprint heart. Set buttons all around heart’s edge, using smallest buttons at top middle and bottom point. Create an irregular look by setting buttons half on and half off the heart varying large, medium and small buttons. When satisfied with arrangement, adhere buttons.


6. Position button heart on canvas and adhere as shown.