Fall Pumpkin Button Art ~ Kids CREATE

Do you have any sweet memories related to buttons? I sure do. I remember a tin my mom had full of glorious treats to behold. There were all sorts of colors and shapes, with some even holding memories. As time passed, I now I have my own stash, and also have started my kids with their own as well. Today, my daughter and I are sharing the next episode of our Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE. This time around we are creating fall pumpkin button art and few other designs too.

Pile of Vintage Buttons | Prodigal Pieces KIDS Create | prodigalpieces.com

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The best part about this project is the sky’s the limit. There’s no need to only make only fall decor, but rather open up your mind to whatever those buttons call you to create. However, since we’re in the thick of harvest season, my daughter and I wanted to do something related to autumn.

Sorting Collection of Vintage Buttons with Kids | prodigalpieces.com

First, we broke out my button collection and began sorting out the colors we wanted to use. I tell ya, it’s super hard not to get distracted and begin fingering through them to remember what some belonged to. When my kids hear buttons, they come running to join in the fun. It’s a family affair! 🙂

Preparing Buttons for Fall Pumpkin Button Art | Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | prodigalpieces.com

By the way, Miss E. is not new to my blog and is quite the handy girl. She is my 3rd daughter of 4 girls, and 1 of my 6 children. As a result, you can see her past projects in these posts HERE.

Once we decided on the theme and color scheme, it’s time to get this crafty party started.


For this particular project we wanted to make fall pumpkin button art, however, we also decided to create two other projects to inspire you. We’ll share those in a bit. Also, we’ve created a video tutorial for you below. In like fashion, we have it outlined in steps for you as well.

Here’s the supplies you’ll need to get started:

Fall Pumpkin Button Art Supplies Needed | Video tutorial by Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | prodigalpieces.com


Whether you’re using wood, canvas, or some other medium for your backing, you’ll want to prepare it for your button art. To begin, Miss E. stained the wood pieces with a gel stain.

Staining Wood Boards for Fall Pumpkin Button Art | prodigalpieces.com

Next, after the stain cured, she applied a light wash of paint to give an aged effect.

Painting Boards for Fall Pumpkin Button Art Craft by Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | prodigalpieces.com


Now that our boards are prepped, we can now start layering our textures. First, Miss E. traces her choice of pumpkin onto the painted board. Notice in the video she fills in the details after she traces the outline. In addition, do note I have the link to free pumpkin coloring pages in the supplies list above.

Tracing Paper Pumpkin onto Board for Fall Pumpkin Button Art | prodigalpieces.com


Next, we outline the pumpkin using our low-temp hot glue gun and twine.

Gluing Twine to Pumpkin Art | prodigalpieces.com


Bring on the buttons! It’s time to grab your choice buttons and have at it. There’s no rhyme or reason to the fun, just place them as you see fit. Though, we do highly recommend those fingertip protectors we linked above. Ask us how we know! ouch.

Gluing on Buttons to Fall Pumpkin Button Art by Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | prodigalpieces.com


Last, after all those lovely buttons are in place, it’s time to add the fun details. First, grab a piece of stick for a stem. Then, cut out a burlap leaf, and add a bit of winding twine for a vine. In particular, the video demonstrates this best.

Adding Fall Pumpkin Button Art Stem | prodigalpieces.com


And here’s our fall pumpkin button art all done! Didn’t she do a funtastic job?

Girl Hanging DIY Button Art for Fall Decor | Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE video tutorial at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #kids #crafts #farmhouse

White Button Pumpkin Art by Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | Video tutorial at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #kids #crafts #farmhouse #home #homedecor #fall

Vintage Buttons Used to Create this Fall Pumpkin Button Art | tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pumpkin #fall #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Likewise, we are also smitten with the the other two projects we created as well.

Old ladder filled with doilies, pumpkins, and button art created by Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | Video tutorial at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #fall #home #homedecor #crafts

Subscribe to Prodigal Pieces on YouTube for DIY video tutorials and a whole lotta fun | prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Style Button Art Bird Tree in Autumn by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #art #home #homedecor #farmhouse #kids #crafts

Not only did we create the pumpkin, but wanted to make a tree with fall foliage. Her choice was a birch tree with the gorgeous yellow they display each autumn.

Fall Birch Tree Button Art by Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #kids #crafts #home #farmhouse #fall #homedecor

Last, but not least, we made this text sign, “Hello Fall”, to complete the vignette. The twine is simply adhered with hot glue after I wrote the text on the board. Admittedly, you can’t get any easier than that, right?

Hello Fall Button Art Created by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #handmade #home #homedecor #kids #crafts

Hello Fall Handmade Sign with Vintage Buttons and Twine by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fall #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor

So…have you grabbed your buttons yet? hee hee. Miss E. and I are truly hoping you’ll give this a try. We’d love to hear from you too!

If you’d like to own this set, Miss E. is offering them up in my shop. (SOLD)

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Rustic Farmhouse Button Pumpkin Video Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | prodigalpieces.com | #prodigalpieces #diy #kids #crafts #pumpkin #home #homedecor

Girl with Fall Button Craft | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #kids #homedecor #farmhouse #fall

Above all, for me the fun is in watching my kids’ imagination soar. Far to often nowadays children are left behind a screen and we’re wondering why there are problems. Likewise, any person needs that precious time to let go and just be. Take that time.

Also, pin and share this fall pumpkin button art with extras. I’m sure we’re not the only ones that would love to have crafty fun too!

Break out those vintage buttons and create this super cute fall pumpkin button art. Three different projects for you and your kids to create for Prodigal Pieces Kids CREATE | Video tutorial at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #kids #crafts #pumpkin #fall #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Up next, my master bedroom is in need of some autumnal changes too. Come take the tour HERE.

Farmhouse Style Bedroom with Upcycled Christmas Decor Fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #bedroom #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

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In addition, more kid fun projects like this fall pumpkin button art:

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  • Lori Sawyer

    I still get. Excited to go thru my moms old metal aid can buttons. Great Ms E

    October 17, 2019 at 6:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s awesome! My mom let hers go in an auction when they sold their home. If I had known I would have grabbed them! 🙂

      October 17, 2019 at 6:22 am Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa this is such a fun idea. I have so many buttons I don’t know what to do with. You are making my head spin, and in a good way.

    October 17, 2019 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You gotta break them out, girl! 😀

      October 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Jane Clelland

    I love buttons! I have 100s of thousands of them. I use some for my crafting projects. It just makes me feel good to look at and run them through my fingers. These projects are so fun! Great job Ms.E!

    October 17, 2019 at 11:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a smart gal, Jane! Thanks so much on behalf of both of us. 😀 Fun to see her go!

      October 17, 2019 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Michele

    These are so cute! Can’t wait to try it with my grandkids and my grandma’s buttons. Awesome way to share family stories.

    October 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You got the idea, Michele! Thank you for the affirmation. Have fun!

      October 17, 2019 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Cute! Kids and buttons… they sure do have a lot of fun with those! I kind of hide my collection, haha!

    October 17, 2019 at 3:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      bwahahaha! I do too, at least the ones I want to keep…like my antique glass ones. ssssshhhhh….

      October 17, 2019 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hello Larissa and Miss E. You have created such beautiful autumn art work. I love them all, especially the way you displayed them on your ladder shelf, well done!!!

    October 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We had a blast! Thank you for lovin’ on her work. I’m a proud mama. They also sold quickly which made her day.

      October 17, 2019 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    I’ve been saving buttons for what seems like forever and I barely have enough to do this project. I’ll have to keep my eyes open at the next flea market and see if I can “upsize” my stash. Thanks for inspiration!

    October 18, 2019 at 3:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s a start! 😀 Half of the fun is in the hunt.

      October 18, 2019 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Mary Loveland

    How cute and creative! Your daughter did a wonderful job! Have you ever played “hide the button”? We played it growing up. Buttons are very cool.

    October 18, 2019 at 5:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Mary. I had a blast watching her go. My grandmother played, “Button, button, who has the button?” where we’d sit in a circle and hand it around secretly and someone would keep it and you had to figure who. Fun and simple times.

      October 18, 2019 at 9:55 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Miss E did a splendid job with her pretty pumpkin. I have a special button jar that was given to me for Christmas by my brother who was around 10 at the time. We lost him far too young and I cherish that little button jar and ever single button inside it.

    October 18, 2019 at 6:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, Marie, what a treasure you have. I’m so sorry for your loss. I now have a new memory for my buttons. Hugs!

      October 18, 2019 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • Kristina Austin

    So darling! Both the projects and Miss E. (she looks so much like you!) I think I like the Hello Fall sign best.

    October 21, 2019 at 11:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kristina. She definitely taken on my mini characteristics in many ways. Thanks so much for the love.

      October 22, 2019 at 5:41 am Reply

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