It’s easy to whip up a pillow box on my die cut machine to hold a small gift, but keeping it closed is not so easy. Adhesive will do the job – permanently, leaving the box difficult to open and not reusable. But a little bit of ribbon and a few buttons will provide a solution: a pretty string tie! This box is perfectly sized for presenting a gift card, a difficult item to wrap creatively.
To make this box you need:
- Buttons Galore Bubblegum Button Bonanza (also available at AC Moore)
- Kraft cardstock
- Small doily
- Cricut Explore machine & digital cutting file
- 7/8″ wide gold ribbon
- Needle & Thread
- Jute Twine
- Double-sided adhesive tape
1. Cut out and assemble your pillow box. Adhere doily on top of box.
2. Cut ribbon slightly longer than needed to wrap around long dimension of pillow box. Turn under ends.
3. Sew buttons loosely onto ends of ribbon.
4. Tie piece of jute string around the thread holding one of the buttons, between the button and the ribbon.
5. Wrap the ribbon around the pillow. Fasten the ribbon band by wrapping the string in a figure 8 around both buttons (similar to fastening a string clasp envelope).
This gift wrap could be great for any holiday or occasion. Changing the colors of the ribbon band and buttons could make it seasonal for any holiday, or match the decor of any event (such as a wedding).
What gift do you plan to tie up with a button-fastened ribbon band?
Pre-designed gift bags can easily run $5 or more, and it’s not always convenient to run out and buy one at the last minute. What to do? Craft up a solution, of course. Keeping a stash of blank bags in your craft supplies means that with a few minutes of creativity, you always have the perfect gift bag on hand!
To make this gift bag, all you need is:
- a blank gift bag
- assorted washi tape rolls
- Vacation button assortment (HB107)
- embroidery floss & needle
- 7/8″ sheer ribbon
- hot glue gun
- die cut machine
- white vinyl & transfer tape
Making this bag is super easy:
1. Start by tearing off some strips of washi tape and attaching them to the bag as stripes, varying the colors.
2. Using embroidery floss, sew thread through buttons and tie it off.
3. Attach the buttons to the top few rows of washi tape in random positions, using a hot glue gun.
4. Using a die cut machine, cut out the words “for you” from vinyl. Use transfer tape to attach it over the bottom layers of washi tape. (I used the Cricut Explore machine for this project.)
5. Tie a bow from sheer ribbon around one side of the handle.
And there you have it…five steps to a fabulous all-occasion gift bag! While my bag is a generic theme, this bag design could be customized for any holiday by selecting washi tape and buttons that are themed and colored appropriately (such as red and green for Christmas).
What occasions do you use gift bags for?
Buttons can bring new life to all sorts of crafts – and a rubber band loom is no exception! This project uses pink flower buttons with a shank from the Bazooples collection as charms on a rubber band charm bracelet.
Pictured above is the entire supply list for the rubber band charm bracelets that I’m showing you today:
These beautiful Bazooples flowers aren’t the only buttons that can be used as charms for this project. Try it with the Fun in the Sun collection for a rainy day project for the kids during a beach vacation, with the Happy Halloween collection for festive wear, or with Sweet Delights as a birthday party make-it-take-it.
Using the buttons with your loom is easy – just thread the buttons onto the rubber bands and then weave your loom as usual. For this bracelet, I placed 2 empty rubber bands as spacers between each rubber band with a button to ensure that the buttons weren’t overlapping when the bracelet was complete.
A properly threaded button will have a loop of rubber band on each side of the button shank. Just pull those loops and place them over the loom as usual.
The finished bracelet will have the buttons sitting up on top of it, with the shanks down in the weaving.
Has the bloom worn off of summer vacation, and bored kids are asking you what to do? Visit our 3D button selection, dig out that rubber band loom, and set them to work creating rubber band charm bracelets with buttons!