DIY Mitten Art with Buttons


Mitten Art with Buttons. This mitten was made with vintage buttons but new ones would also make a cute project.

Ooh, burr baby!  Is it cold where you live?  It should be here but it’s not.  Just looking at the mitten art that I created with vintage buttons has me looking forward to crisp air, thick sweaters, and snuggling under a blanket by a fire with a warm beverage in my hand.  I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m doing those things.

I’m sharing my Mitten Art with Buttons as part of a Home for Christmas blog hop sponsored by and  You’ll find links to many more projects at the bottom of this post.

If you are local, you might have seen this project in the latest issue of Clutch.  I actually made it back in July for the magazine and am sharing it now on the blog since it’s the Christmas season and nearly winter.

This project is extra special because I made it with vintage buttons that belonged to my grandmother or to my cousin’s grandmother.  I think both ladies would approve!



DIY Mitten Art Supplies and Instructions

8×10 frame

Mitten template

Felt sheet for the background

Buttons in shades of white – Mine are all vintage.  JoAnne has these, these, and these that would be great for this project.

Cuff from an old sweater

Decorative snowflake buttons (optional) – Mine are from my stash but these from JoAnne would work perfectly.

Craft glue

White paint

Paint brush



  1. Print a mitten template in a size that looks appropriate for your frame and cut it out.  Take the frame apart and glue the felt to either the cardboard insert, if your frame has one, or to the frame back if there is no insert. Position mitten template in the center of the frame and trace around it with a marker or fabric pen.




2.  Cut the cuff off of a sweater to use as the mitten’s cuff.  To apply the mitten cuff, glue one edge of the sweater cuff at the mitten top; fold over and glue into place.  Glue buttons into place to form the outline of the mitten.outline-of-mitten


3.  Continue gluing buttons until the mitten is filled in. Add decorative snowflake buttons to the cuff, if desired.




4.  To give a black frame a whitewashed appearance, put a small amount of white paint onto a paint brush and tap against a paper towel until almost all of the paint is off of the brush. Lightly brush the frame until the desired whitewashed appearance is achieved.

This gives an inexpensive frame an old look.



I love the shades of white and size variation of these vintage buttons.winter-button-mitten


I used new buttons to make this Christmas mitten.



Enjoy the other projects shared in the Home for Christmas blog hop!

Home for Christmas


  1. This is so adorable – Pinned it!


  2. I love old buttons, but don’t know what to do with the many that I have. This is a great way to display some of my favorites! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is so cute. I love it because it reminds me of when I use to wear mittens as a child. So sweet.

  4. I love this mitten button art!! How special that the buttons came from your grandmother. I especially like the snowflake buttons on the cuff.

  5. This is adorable! What a great use of the giant jar of random buttons my mom has collected over the years 🙂

  6. Paula, these mittens are beautiful, what a cute idea. I love how you put them on felt and that they were your grandmothers makes it extra special! So pretty!

  7. So, So, So, VERY cute!!!!

  8. That is ADORABLE Paula! Love this idea, especially with the sweater cuff and mounting it on a felt background. So stink’n cute! Pinned to share 🙂

  9. Paula, so sweet and I love the cuff! Pinned and sharing. So happy you’re on the tour!

  10. paula this is so sweet and charming!! i love the colors you chose and pretty details! <3

  11. Paula, your mitten is so precious! Merry Christmas!

  12. This is so cute! I love that you had vintage buttons that you could use for it. Although, the new button one is fun and bright too!

  13. The button mitten is right down my alley since I love any project with white mother of pearl vintage buttons .
    Your should post on the Button Floozie blog

  14. Super cute!!! I love how customizable this project is. Very festive. I’m doing a round up of DIY christmas wall art and am including your awesome mitten art! Pinning!!

  15. This is so darn cute Paula! Love it! I’m featuring this on this weeks DIY Sunday showcse too! I have SO many buttons in a jar.. I need to pull them out and get busy!

  16. I love this idea! I found a big cookie tin full of buttons after my mom passed away that had belonged to my grandmother. I had no idea what to do with them so I ended up passing them along to other people who sewed so they could be used. Now I’m wishing I had some of them back! Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon – I look forward to seeing you next week.

  17. Ahhh you had me at button art – I don’t know what it is about buttons that makes everything made with them just do darn cute!

  18. This mitten art is darling! Living in Michigan – the “mitten” state – this gives me all kinds of ideas! I also have my grandmother’s button box. Such a treasure. Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party.


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