Introducing- Mr. Monkey:
I made this lil guy as a present for my Nephew, who should be arriving anytime now! My brother in law, Gabe, painted this sweet mural for the baby’s nursery, and as soon as I saw it I knew a button monkey needed to be added to the walls!
Is it bad that this idea makes me want to paint something strange creeping over my baby’s crib?!?! Something like… this guy:
“Hello, sleeping chiiiild.”
Hehehe. Oh. Hi, Salad Fingers!
ANYWAYS, back to the cute wittle monkey…
Step 1 with the buttoning is to work on the first layer. Start around the edges, getting as close as you can to the outline of the particular area you are covering. Then move to the inside. I use a glue gun to do this step, even though I’ve burned myself so bad with it recently- I’m telling you, glue-gunning should be classified as an extreme sport. Check out this blister:
Back to the monkey… again….
After your first layer of buttons, which is meant to cover as much space as possible without overlapping anything, start using more buttons to cover up any of the background and to straighten out the edge lines. Check it out:
Since this monkey was made up of different color sections, he was a bit more challenging to do than one of my more simple button creatures, such as my elephant. So if you are just starting out, I’d recommend that you try your hand at a more simple critter- Here is my tutorial on the button elephant.
You should also notice that I marked off lines where the frame was going to hit the monkey- You can’t frame over buttons, so if you are making a button creature that is going to hit the edges of the frame, be mindful of where to stop buttoning!
He was pretty excited. He has no idea that I plan on suffocating him in bubble wrap, then shoving him into a tight-fitting box, only to be man-handled by the friendly, not-friendly workers of Canada Post.
I think that turned out pretty well!
I hope you try your hand at using buttons as your weapon of choice in your next DIY project!!!
While we’re here, check out some of the other button creatures I’ve been breeding over on the Facebook Album I’ve devoted to this awesome zoo. And ‘like’ my page while you’re at it- I could always a confidence boost ;)
OOH! Reminder! I have a Valentine’s Day sale going on at over at my Etsy Shop- Use the code ‘VDAY20′ at the checkout to get 20% off your entire order!
Buy yer lover something like this:
Or, better yet, these:
Cuz why wouldn’t you want weapons dangling from your ears?
“What do these have to do with Valentine’s Day?”, you ask? Arrows are so… 1700′s… Cupid needs to catch up with the times. Or at least the he needs to catch up to the Wild West.
Although, I do have some pretty cool Arrow Jewelry too.
And on that note,
Happy monkey-making, and booty-shaking. You do that on Thursday afternoons, right?