Nursery Art – Layering with Collage

A nursery painting I recently finished for a little guy named Charlie:


Trees filled with ribbons, buttons, and paper leaves:


Plants with buttons and stitching layered over grass:


A turtle with buttons adorning his shell:


The entire painting with collage, ribbons, buttons etc:


Most of the techniques for making a similar piece of art can be found in my nursery art tutorial below:


The only thing I did differently for this painting was add some extra collage layers and ribbons for texture. I cut strips of some green plaid scrapbook paper and applied them using matte medium for grass:


I cut leaf shapes out of the paper as well.


I used matte medium to glue them to the painting just like the grass strips:


Let the leaves dry:


I finished the rest of the painting and applied gloss varnish. Once it was dry, to add texture, I drilled tiny holes and used DMC thread to attach ribbon pieces along side the leaf shaped buttons:


First I placed the ribbon on top of the string:


Then I tied the ribbon tightly with a knot to cinch it in the center:


And finally cut off the excess ribbon on each side:

Finished and framed!




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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    Hello! That looks so great. Fantastic idea! I love it. Also I love your blog. Go on. Greetings from Germany, ines

  2. 2
    Modern Mom, Kelsi says:

    I love it!! You are truly talented…. it makes me want to try cutting out different pieces to create letters for my son's room….. Charlie is a lucky little boy!

  3. 3
    Kurtzhals says:

    So do you work while you sleep too or just not sleep?

    Totally adorable. Love the little ants.

  4. 4
    Austin Lovelys says:

    Wow! You are amazing! This is so beautiful!!!! I love all of your creations ^_^

  5. 5

    LOVE IT!
    I know you were on Vaca…so I just wanted to tell you again that I made one of these from your tutorial….THANK U for your inspiration!

  6. 6

    Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas! These are just darling!

  7. 7
    CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Aug 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  8. 8

    So sweet! I think the turtle is my favorite part. What a fun way to use favorite buttons :o)

  9. 9

    jus darling. unique and personal. i like stopping by here..

  10. 10

    I love this. What a great piece. Thanks for sharing.


  11. 11

    awwwwww so cool!!!!!!!!! I want to make one for my little cousins!!!!

  12. 12

    Thanks so much for posting this tutorial. All of your nursery art turns out so unique and beautiful. I made one of these for a friends Baby Shower and she just loved it! You can see the link here:

    Thanks Again!

  13. 13
    Dorothee-Maria says:

    This looks so fabulous.