Buttoned-Up Photo Frame

Take an ordinary wooden frame from drab to fab with a mosaic button technique.

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Materials and Tools:

wooden frame (preferably with a flat surface)
buttons in assorted sizes
E6000 glue
ultrafine grout
sponge
small bucket of water
craft paint
paintbrushes
plastic putty knife

Steps:

1. Add a small amount of glue (not so much that it squeezes through button holes) to the backs of the buttons and attach to frame, working on one row at a time to keep the glue from drying out. Attach the buttons, leaving an equal amount of space between and allow the glue to dry.

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2. Mix grout following the manufacturer's instructions. Spread grout over buttons with a putty knife, working grout between the buttons. With a damp sponge, wipe grout off buttons and then set frame aside to allow grout to harden.

3. Once grout has fully set up, paint sides of frame in a coordinating color with craft paint. This technique is a great way to dress up any household surface — table tops, trays or even planters.

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