So maybe you, or someone you know likes to sew and craft, and has a burgeoning button collection that hasn't quite gotten off the ground yet, and is also in need of some nice original wall art to decorate their home with? Look no further because making your very own giant button is the perfect thoughtful and creative answer!
The 18" button is hand crafted from pine boards and "sewn" with parachute cord. Now all I have to do is find a really big sweater...
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- 18" pine round circle from Home Depot
- parachute Cord
- picture hanging supplies
- router w/ circle jig
- palm sander
- painting supplies
- large spade drill bit
Step 2: Find center of circle
I just wrote an entire dedicated Instructable specifically on this topic.
Check it out and use it as step 1...How to find the center of a circle
Step 3: Route out center of circle
Now that we've found it, it's time to route it out.
I used a Jasper Circle Jig to create a crisp boundary on the exterior of the area that is being routed out. I then routed out the center by freehand.
I used an 1/4" bit with the Jasper Jig since that's what it requires, but then switched to a 1/2" bit to do the rest so it would go a bit faster. All in all it took about 10 minutes. Not too bad.
Step 4: Sand smooth
The wood was left with some inconsistencies from the routing process. These can easily be sanded out with a random orbital sander. Pine is soft, this takes no time at all.
Step 5: Prime
I painted a coat of primer onto the table so that I'd get a really nice second coat of color. Why did I prime before all the woodwork was done? I don't know really, I just thought I'd stay consistent to whats shown in the pictures.