DIY Button Letter


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Hey friends! Happy Tuesday! Today I’m going to share with you this button letter I made for my daughter nursery awhile back. Sorry these pic’s aren’t the greatest, I actually  took them about six months ago. Some how I forgot to post this. I still cannot believe I haven’t posted her nursery yet. It is by far my favorite room in my house… I’m on it!



This button letter was so easy to make. All you need to get started is a plain wooden letter. You can find these at any craft store. Then you’ll paint it to match your color scheme. I’ve seen some cute multi-colored button letters  as well. There so many different variations  you could do. Great creative!


Emmalyn’s button letter E had to be all pink {of course} to match her girly room.

Button letter how to:

  1. Gather several different buttons in all shapes and sizes. I spray painted several buttons to make them pink. :)
  2. Arrange your buttons on your letter before gluing.
  3. Once you’ve laid all your buttons down you can start gluing. Start with your bigger buttons first.
  4. Once all your buttons are glued on, you can fill in the empty spaces with rhinestones and brads.


I hung up the E inside this funky frame from Ikea. I love how it turned out! I’ve recently added some butterfly’s around the sides and cannot wait to show you. It looks so cute!


For more posts from her nursery go here: Trash to treasure Armoire , Doll bed photo prop

Thanks for reading! Have a great day! {hugs}

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Meegan posted on February 7, 2012 at 7:10 am (#

    That is just adorable! I have a similar frame that I have been trying to figure out what to do with it-you just solved my problem :)

  2. Jean posted on February 7, 2012 at 5:19 am (#

    what kind of glue did you use? this looks neat!
    thanks for sharing! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on February 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm (#

      Hey Jean! is started out with E-6000 but ended up going with hot glue! :)

  3. Judy posted on February 7, 2012 at 6:38 am (#

    I am definitely pinning this as a project I want to do. I just love the buttons. Great idea to paint some of them.

  4. Cranberry Morning posted on February 7, 2012 at 7:57 am (#

    What a great idea! I wish I had thought of this while I still had a three-generation button box (that now belongs to my daughter – making it a four-generation button box, I guess)

    P.S. I’m having a 25% off Hope of Spring sale on my luxury homemade soaps, running only Monday through Friday, February 6-10. Ends Friday at midnight.

  5. MARIAN posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:17 am (#

    Me encanta.Precioso.Bsos.

  6. Laurel Ann posted on February 7, 2012 at 9:17 am (#

    I think this is so adorable! What a cute and fun project! I am going to do something a little more masculine or gender neutral for my youngest boy in his room but this idea is going to stick with me. Love it!

  7. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista posted on February 7, 2012 at 10:27 am (#

    Just pinned this! My older two have their names up on the walls of their rooms, but the little one (3 months) doesn’t have hers up yet. There appears to be some sort of letter shortage and one of the three letters in her name is always out of stock when I go to the crafts store! I bet I could pull this one off with just one letter, thank you.

  8. Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} posted on February 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm (#

    That is such an adorable idea! Love the button letter! :)

  9. Kendra L posted on February 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm (#

    That is freaking ADORABLE. Consider it pinned. In the *fingers crossed* chance that I one day have a baby girl, I’m making this!! I guess I could do it for a boy too but…girl seems more fitting.

  10. Kristin posted on February 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm (#

    I absolutely love this. I have big wall in my daughters room I was thinking of doing her whole name. Would it be too much to do a whole name in buttons? Would it cost me $10,000? How much to buttons cost these days? Admission: I’m not much of a crafter. Am I still allowed to read this and make comments?

    • Jamielyn posted on February 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm (#

      haha love it! you are totally allowed. ;) And yes it may cost a fortune to do the whole name. I bought a huge bags of multi colored buttons and spray painted a lot of them which made it cheaper. However I did have a few buttons on there that were .50-1 each. It ended up costing me around $20. Thanks for commenting, you’re too sweet! xo

  11. Dawn posted on February 8, 2012 at 8:46 am (#

    I love it! You can always buy a package of bulk buttons at Michael’s. I bought a large bag of assorted buttons for $5.99, and it would work out perfectly for this.

  12. Elise posted on February 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm (#

    Soooo sooo pretty! Girl’s nursery rooms are so fun to decorate! I’m going to have to go to Ikea now to find one of those frames.

  13. Meeha posted on February 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm (#

    I love how it turned out! I especially like the sweet pink button assortment :)

  14. Monica posted on February 24, 2012 at 9:07 am (#

    What is the Pick Me Up pen you are using and where can I get one?

  15. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts posted on March 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm (#

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!

  16. Sara posted on August 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm (#

    What a great idea! Found your site via facebook!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 18, 2012 at 1:14 am (#

      Thanks Sara! So glad you found us! Have a great weekend! Xo

  17. Britt posted on August 20, 2012 at 7:52 am (#

    WOW !! Awesome Ideas ~ thank you

  18. B posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm (#

    Love this! It is so cute! Which craft store did you get your letter from? I have tried Joann’s and Michael’s, and have had no luck finding a large enough one. Also, approximately how big is your letter? Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2013 at 8:53 am (#

      I found mine at Hobby Lobby. It’s about 8 inches high. :)

  19. Julie posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:09 am (#

    I love this! I bought all my supplies to make it, but I want mine to look as perfect as yours! So, question: what did you do about the buttons that have the little post on the back instead of the button holes? Most of mine are that way so, obviously, they don’t lay flat on the letter. Did you somehow remove them or what? Enlighten me, please!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm (#

      Hi Julie! Yes I removed them with a button shank. You can find one near the buttons at Jo-Ann’s. This allows them to lay flat. Hope that helps! :)

      • Seleciah posted on November 26, 2013 at 8:25 am (#

        That looks lovely. what size letter did you use and what size picture frame please? do you know what the picture frames called from ikea. Sorry about all the question. I just love this design, one that I wanted for my little girl’s bedroom for ages I was going to buy one but they are ridiculously priced, so I’ve decided to be crafty and make one. xx

      • Jamielyn posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm (#

        The letter is probably 8 or 9 inches and the frame is an 11×17! Here is the link for the cute frame:

      • Seleciah posted on November 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm (#

        Thank you.

  20. Name posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:46 am (#

    What did you use to hang them both (letter & frame) on the wall?

    • Jamielyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:45 am (#

      Hi! I used a 3m command strip! :)

  21. Megan posted on March 31, 2015 at 2:12 pm (#

    what glue do I use?? 

    • Jamielyn posted on April 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm (#

      Hot glue works great. :)

  22. Sara C posted on August 25, 2015 at 9:32 am (#

    I realize this post was from 3 years ago but I was wondering what kind of glue you used to glue the buttons on? Super glue or craft glue? Maybe it doesn’t even matter, I don’t know. Thanks! 

  23. Deanna Ash posted on September 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm (#

    This is adorable! I’ve linked to this project in my latest blog post – DIY Gift Ideas. Thank you!

    • Laura Capello posted on September 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm (#

      Go right ahead! :)

  24. Fay posted on November 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm (#

    This is gorgeously adorable!! I know you posted a couple yrs ago…just saw it