Sunday, February 6, 2011

Button Nails for your art display!

I have a colorful collection of ACEOs - Art Cards, Editions, Originals - little 2-1/2" by 3'1/2" cards that I have collected over the last few years. I've been displaying them on a single cord with little clothespins to clip them to the line.

When I decided to make a wall display using a narrow section of one wall in my art studio, I wanted to hang each ACEO from a hanger or a nail.  I wanted to make each hanger match the colors in the ACEO.  As I stood in my art studio looking around for inspiration, I saw my jars of buttons! Right then, button nails were born!

For each ACEO, I choose a yarn that matched the colors in the ACEO and taped a short piece of that yard to the back for a hanger.  Then I chose a button to match each ACEO. 

I used E6000 to glue each button to the flat head of a sheet rock nail. 

I stood them up to let the glue dry.

I first arranged my ACEOs on the floor to make an arrangment that would fit my space and one that I liked.  I marked the placement of each nail on my wall with a pencil.  I decided I wanted the head of each button nail to stick out from the wall - not be too close to the wall. .

I knew that I didn't want to pound on the button to put the individual button nails in the wall, so I first pounded a plain sheet rock nail in the wall.  I pulled that nail back out, using pliers.  Then I put the nail with the button in the hole I had made in the wall board.

I made extra button nails too, so I can collect more ACEOs!

If you have any questions about making your own button nails, please contact me through one of my on-line shops on ArtFire or Etsy.  Have fun!

Linda Harbin
MidwestieLady on ArtFire
MidwestieLady on Etsy
ISeeAnimals on ArtFire


  1. What a nifty and colorful idea! Love it.

  2. The button nails are a great idea, and I bet you could see them in your shop too. They're colorful and look great in the display.

  3. That's a great way to make a display! I'll have to try it.

  4. Oh! How totally cute! Thanks so much for the idea! :D