DIY Button Pin Display Board Tutorial
Updated: May 20
Hi guys! Today, I am taking a break from my usual crochet posts to write about a recent DIY project of mine. Last Christmas, I decided to make Logan a button display board. He went on about how many button pins he had collected over the years - from concerts, to events, to places he's traveled. A week before Christmas, I went in search of the buttons. I looked everywhere: boxes, containers, drawers, closets, desks, etc. Guess how many buttons I found? 6! We still don't know where the rest are hiding. So what did I do? I ordered him 3 more buttons, and set to work on the display. Trust me, when I say that the initial display board was a disaster; I didn't take a picture before I tossed it - sorry guys. I let the project sit for a few months, before I came up with a new design that is easy, inexpensive, and fun to make - what more could you ask for?
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Where did the Buttons come from?
Before we dive into the tutorial, I wanted to show you some of the cooler pins we have on our display board:
Logan loves Hocus Pocus, so I ordered him Mary, Winifred, and Sarah Sanderson witch pins from the graphic artist, Kwanalee.
The last pin I wanted to talk about came from Screaming Heads.
During our first year together, Logan and I decided to go on a road trip through Michigan and Ontario. We started in Port Huron, and traveled through some of the cutest small towns in Michigan, before we crossed into Ontario through Sault St. Marie (a border city). One of our Ontario destinations was Huntsville, a picturesque town in the Muskoka region.
Before we got to Huntsville, we made a pit-stop in a town called Burk's Falls. A few miles from town, we found Screaming Heads, an outdoor art exhibit featuring concrete screaming heads, spread over 310 acres of land. It was weird, cool, amazing, eerie, and so many other things - it's one of those things that you have to see at least once in your life. The owner of this property opens his home to the public, so people can walk around and experience his art for free. Before we left, Logan made sure to get a button (pictured above) to remind of us this experience. If you are ever in Ontario, this is one spot that you should check out!
Logan and I are looking forward to adding more buttons to our display board as we travel and grow old together (haha).
Without further ado, let's dive into the tutorial to see how this display board is made!
What you will Need for this Project:
*Picture frame (any size)
*1 sheet of brown bristol board OR card stock
Exacto-knife or Scissors
Permanent Marker (black)
Button pins to display
Note: Most of the above materials can be found at the Dollar Tree (a dollar store based in the U.S. and Canada). If you are looking to save money on a picture frame, consider thrifting one! Instead of spending $20+ on a brand new frame, you could spend anywhere from $1 - $10. Most thrift stores have special discount days though, where frames are 50% off.
Tip: It's easy to get discouraged when thrifting frames, but I try to look for solid, good quality frames that will hold up over time. The aesthetic of the frame isn't important because it can always be changed by sanding, staining, or painting it.
Step 1: Prepare your Back Drop
Measure your picture frame to determine the exact dimensions of the frame. With scissors or an exacto-knife, cut the bristol board to the exact dimensions of the frame; this is your back drop.
Step 2: Design your Back Drop
With a ruler and a permanent marker, begin designing your back drop. Start by drawing lines; these can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. Play around with the thickness and direction of each line. Just have fun with it! I've included some progress shots, as well as a final photo below, if you'd like a template.
Step 3: Reinforce your Back Drop
Once your design is complete, staple your back drop to a second piece of Bristol board that is the same size, by placing two staples in each corner. This will reinforce your back drop, making it sturdier, but not too thick that the magnets won't work.
Step 4: Remove the Glass from the Picture Frame
Remove the glass from the picture frame because you will not be needing it for this project. The button pins are too thick to fit between the glass and the frame.
Step 5: Place the Back Drop in the Frame
Place your back drop in the frame, and make sure it's facing you. This will help you figure out where you want to position your buttons.
Step 6: Get your Button Pins and Magnets Organized
Each button requires at least one magnet to hold it in place on the display board.
On the front side of your display, hold the button in place, while placing a circular magnet on the back of your display. The magnet should hold up your button. If your button starts to slide down when you let go of it, place a second magnet behind it. Some buttons are heavier than others, so they require more than one magnet to hold them in place.
Repeat this process, until all of your buttons are positioned on your display board!
Step 7: Add a Backing to your Display Board
Since this was a thrifted frame, I used the backing that came with my frame (pictured below). Placing the backing on your frame will give the display more stability. When you want to add more buttons to your display, simply remove the backing, and replace it when you're done.
And You're Done!
You just made a button display board! I hope that this project will bring back fond memories as you sift through your button pins. If you want to try more fun projects, click here to explore my blog.
Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you've made from this tutorial; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).
If you have any trouble throughout this tutorial and need some clarification, please feel free to send me a message through the "Contact" section of this website. I would be more than happy to help!
Thank you guys so much for following along. I can't wait to see what you create!