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Would you spend hours glueing buttons to a chair if it wasn't for a Gorilla glue contest? Well maybe. I actually started this project late one night and a few days later found out about the glue contest so this is my entry. I used Gorilla glue because having used it before for projects I really like how it has a bit of flex, buttons wont go breaking off if banged. Best of all it dries so fast you only have to hold the button for a moment on a vertical surface to get it to stick.

There is a bit of planning before you get started, so read all the instructions before you start going crazy with your buttons putting them just anywhere.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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  • A wooden chair - preferably one with square legs vs round legs
  • Gorilla Super Glue
  • Denatured alcohol - for cleaning the chair
  • Rag - for wiping down the chair with the denatured alcohol
  • Buttons, lots of buttons. You want buttons without shanks (shanks are the either metal or plastic thing on the back that allows you to sew on a button without the thread showing)
  • pliers - these are for removing shanks on buttons with shanks

Step 2: A little planning goes a long way

Doing this project is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You must start with the edges first. If you don't you'll run the risk of having buttons hanging off the edges or blank spaces because there is no button to fit the space you have left.

There were some spaces in the seat of my chair so I first stuck some buttons that had shanks into those spaces to save me the trouble of trying to get rid of the shanks.
noahh3 years ago
Reminds me of this fantastic suit:
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Ninzerbean (author)  noahh3 years ago
Cool!
Yeah, I really want to make one.
Abbylynn3 years ago
sooooo cute
Beautiful! I made a bath panel in a similar style once - good advice about planning the placement ;)
Do you keep the chair outside? If so how does the glue stand up to the whether?

I see you posted this a while ago, when's the next ible??
Thanks for sharing,
B.
Ninzerbean (author)  bongodrummer3 years ago
I only took pics outside, it is sitting right here in front of me in the kitchen. My next 'ible, oh boy that is a hard one, I have a bunch of photos lined up waiting for text, stay tuned...
Puzzledd3 years ago
This looks great. I thought it would be incomfortable but maybe it's like one of those bead seat overlays that massage you as you sit :)
Ninzerbean (author)  Puzzledd3 years ago
Maybe, all I know it that it's more comfortable now than before. It could be like that come to think of it, but it's not as bumpy feeling for some reason.
Impressive. Looks great!
Ninzerbean (author)  LocketRocket3 years ago
Thank you!
jnifrwebb3 years ago
Looks so cute, but a little uncomfortable to sit on. I have tons of buttons I could use, just no chair darn it.
sunshiine3 years ago
I really love your idea. Voted it up.
Ninzerbean (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thank you, I love your work also.
UW. I wish you the best for the contest.
Ninzerbean (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thank you - you too!
Wow Possum is so photogenic. I am "the friend that sent the buttons" I am so excited that they have all found a new career. I love recycling with art. I guess this would qualify for found object art.
haha~so funny~
I love this. Maybe I'm weird, but I love running my hands over textures like that... lots of buttons or pebbles glued to something. I can definitely see it being much more comfortable than it was before. Great instructable!
Ninzerbean (author)  supersoftdrink3 years ago
I know what you mean, there is something about textures. Thank you!
Wasagi3 years ago
That looks fantastic! Where did you get all the buttons?
Ninzerbean (author)  Wasagi3 years ago
Grandmom, great grand mom, garage sales, friend. Thank you!
sooooooo... does one put their butt on the buttons? ;0)
Ninzerbean (author)  porcupinemamma3 years ago
Yes, it is actually more comfortable than before it was buttoned.
cheesedb3 years ago
Why did you stop?
Ninzerbean (author)  cheesedb3 years ago
The buttons are like a cushion on a chair, not the whole chair, I "stopped" because it is done.
Oh ok that makes sense
thanks
love your stuff
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice, it really adds a lot of colour. (Possum Bean is so photogenic, my cat gets mad at me when I try to get pictures of him.)
Ninzerbean (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Treats help... Thank you!
Or sneaking up on them when they're asleep, but it's terrible for action shots.