How to Make a Button Mosaic Turtle
This project uses air dry clay and buttons to create an adorable mosaic animal. We’ve gone for a turtle, but you can pick anything you like as long as you keep the shape simple. A bunny, dolphin or dinosaur perhaps!
Suitable for : Intermediates
Time needed : 1.5 hours (plus drying time)
- Cling film
- A3 paper
1. Begin by drawing a turtle for a template – or print out the image below to fit onto A3 paper and cut out.
2. Put the template under a large sheet of cling film. Take a lump of clay – about the size of a grapefruit – and roll out to a thickness of six millimetres to fit the template, tearing off and redistributing bits so that the whole template is covered. Don’t worry if the clay isn’t smooth as the surface will be covered with buttons. Now pull out the template, place it on top of the clay and cut around it.
3. Wet your fingers and smooth the edges. Then use a knife to gently score around the legs, arms and head so you know where to put the different coloured buttons.
4. Firmly press mixed green buttons into the turtle to form its shell. Start at the outer edge and work your way into the middle. Overlap the buttons at the edge slightly and fill any small gaps with little buttons. You may need to wet the clay slightly as you go to keep it sticky, which will help keep the buttons in place. We placed a small red heart in the middle of the shell too.
5. Add wiggly eyes to the head by pushing them firmly into the clay. Then add cream buttons to the head and feet as above. Once all the buttons are in place, gently press them down into the clay with your hands.
6. Leave the turtle to dry for a few days or until it goes hard. Lightly sand around the edges.
7. Finally, add a few coats of Mod Podge to seal in the buttons – but don’t put Mod Podge over the eyes as it will make them opaque!
If you want to hang your button turtle, attach attach a paper clip to the back with strong glue.