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Wear Your Buttons with a Beautiful Mixed Media Locket!

Think our 28 Lilac Lane buttons are too beautiful to hide at home in your craft room? We do too! That’s why I made this this beautiful locket that showcases some of my favorite elements from the collection. This mixed media locket is a fun and eclectic piece of button jewelry that will let me show off my love of crafts in a fashionable way.

Mixed Media Locket

Supplies needed:

This mixed media locket is created by encasing 28 Lilac Lane embellishments in Ice Resin, a clear drying epoxy that is available in single use syringe dispensers. It’s a fast and easy project that can easily be completed in an hour or so, except for allowing dry time for the epoxy.

Mixed Media Locket

To make my design, I started by arranging the large colored items – the buttons and the flat back pearl – inside the locket. Once I was happy with how they looked, I gently filled in around them with the seed beads. This part of the process requires patience, as sometimes it means placing the beads one at a time.

Once the bottom layer of embellishments is placed, I selected a charm to place on top and set it aside.

Working with the epoxy was something I’d wanted to do for awhile but I was, I admit, a bit intimidated to try it. It turned out to be very easy – just push the plunger down to get the amount that you want, and stir! Once the epoxy was mixed well, I poured it over the bottom layer of embellishments to cover and hold them in place in the locket. Then I quickly pressed the charm down on top of the epoxy, so that it was just barely embedded and stuck out from the top. (Be very careful to not get your fingers in the epoxy! I suggest dropping the charm in and then using a toothpick or other tool to nudge it into place.)

mixed media locket

Once the resin is dry, you can add a chain to your locket. Then you can wear and enjoy your mixed media locket masterpiece to share your love of crafts – and 28 Lilac Lane – through fashion!

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Make a Fun Giant Clothes Pin Photo Holder

As summer vacation winds down, why not make a craft with the kids that will help them display their favorite summer memories? This giant clothes pin photo holder is fun and easy to make with only a few supplies!

Giant Clothes Pin Photo Holder

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To get started, paint your giant clothes pin (mine is about 6″ tall) with water-based acrylic paint or wood tint. I used Plaid Ultra Dye in “Pucker Up”. Using a wood tint or stain is easiest, since it will wipe easily off of the metal parts of the clothes pin. Acrylic paint will also wipe off of the metal while it is still wet, but not quite as easily.

The next step is to decide on the buttons that you would like to use to place across the front of the clothes pin. If you choose buttons with shanks like I did, you’ll need to remove the shanks. I prefer using a Button Shank Remover for safety and because it leaves behind a more flat back on the button.

The next step requires the use of hot glue, so to be safe, make sure you help out younger kids. Place pea sized drops of hot glue on the spots where you want your buttons, and then push the buttons into place on top of them. (If you choose buttons that have holes in the center, beware of hot glue coming back up through the holes!)

And that’s it…now your giant clothes pin photo holder is ready to enjoy with one of your favorite photos! As well as being a great summer kids’ craft, this project would also make a great seasonal project to display memories of past holidays – just used holiday themed buttons!

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Make a Lemonade Button Shaker Card

Shaker cards are a fun and easy way to make fast cards that look way more complex than they are. They pack a big visual punch, but are surprisingly simple to make!

Lemonade Shaker CardSupplies:

This shaker card is based around Jillibean Soup’s matching dies, stamp sets and shaker box inserts that make mason jar shakers. They are a great size for filling with buttons, sequins, and seed beads – the contents of our 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles!

For this card, I used the “Hello, Sunshine” bottle to make it look like this jar shaker was filled with lemonade. The sequins in the mix add a nice extra bit of sparkle to the shaker!

Filling this mason jar with a rainbow assortment of buttons would turn it into grandma’s button jar for a more generic sentiment like “thank you” or a new home welcome card.

Shaker Card with Buttons

Don’t forget that if you are giving this card to a crafter, our 28 Lilac Lane embellishments aren’t just functional – they also make the card a fun little bonus gift! After the party is over, the recipient can recycle the card, open the shaker box, and save the embellishments for using on a project of their own!

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DIY Wedding Chalkboard Table Number

Summer is wedding season for a lot of families, and a DIY wedding is a great way to save money on the cost of getting married. As our DIY Wedding Chalkboard Table Number shows, DIY can also be beautiful – and a great way to personalize your wedding.

DIY Wedding Chalkboard Table Number

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This table number is very simple but oh so pretty! Small chalkboard easels like this are available at most craft stores. They make great table numbers, or menu display boards for weddings and showers. And at the end of the night, they can go home with guests as party favors!

DIY Chalkboard Easel

To start the project, paint the bare wood with white chalk paint. Use a small brush along the sides of the chalkboard. If you get some paint on the chalkboard surface, use a damp cloth to wipe it away while it is still wet. If you aren’t able to get it all off and a trace of it remains, don’t worry. It will just look like smudges of chalk when the project is complete.

On Lilac Lane embellishment bottle

Lay the easel flat and spread some of the glue in one of the corners of the chalkboard. Fill in some buttons, varying colors and sizes and leaving small spaces in a couple of places. Fill the small spaces in with small items from the embellishment bottle such as seed beads, sequins, and flat back pearls. Repeat for each corner of the blackboard. Allow to dry.

DIY Wedding Chalkboard Table Number

I chose to work with the “On Lilac Lane” embellishment bottle for this DIY Wedding Chalkboard Table Number, but this project could be adapted to any wedding color theme by selecting another of the embellishment bottles (or even one of our Button Bonanza bags). Our embellishment bottles include popular wedding colors like Mint, Yellow, and Pink.

The last step before using your DIY Wedding Chalkboard Table Number is to use a piece of chalk to prime the board. Place the side of it on the chalkboard and rub all it all to cover the board. Erase the chalk and the board is ready to use!

What other uses can you think of for this decorative chalkboard easel?

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Clean & Simple Baby Boy Card

A handmade card is the perfect finishing touch to a gift for a new baby. With the Buttons Galore 3D “Baby Hugs” collection of buttons by Vicki Schreiner, it’s fast and easy to make cards like this simple baby boy card! The only supplies needed are paper and buttons and a pen.

Supplies for Baby Boy Card

Supplies Needed:

That looks like a long list, but it’s really just a package of buttons, two sheets of cardstock, and some glue. I used a sentiment stamp for adding “it’s a boy” but it could easily be added with just a marker.

Simple Baby Boy Card

Assembling this card is simple – and fast! Just cut a piece of white cardstock sized 8.5″ x 5.5″ and fold it in half to make a card base. Cut a piece of yellow patterned paper that is 4.25″ x 5.5″ and glue it to the front of the card base.

Cut a 3/4″ strip on the leftover white cardstock to make the sentiment strip. Use scissors to snip the ends of it to create a banner. Write or stamp the sentiment on it, and glue it about 2/3 of the way down the front of the card.

Simple Baby Boy Card

For the final step, use scissors or a shank remover to cut the shanks off of the 3D buttons. Glue the buttons down with a white glue like PPA Matte Adhesive or Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

This quick and simple baby card can be make in less than 10 minutes. This simple design can be adapted to many other occasions (like birthdays and weddings) as well with the help of our other 3D button collections such as Sweet Delights or our wedding collection.

Simple Baby Boy Card using 3D buttons by Nancy Nally for ButtonsGaloreAndMore.com - great quick baby shower card or to welcome baby!

 

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5 Great Summer Kids Craft Ideas

July means hitting the beach, blooming gardens – and stir crazy kids bored with all their summer vacation free time! Here’s our top five ideas for kids crafts projects to turn bored kids into busy kids!

Top 5 Summer Crafts with buttons by Buttons Galore

This project is great for even the youngest of kids! This button covered treasure box is an easy to make project using blank paper board boxes available in local craft stores. For the young ones, simple shapes like rectangles and square boxes are available. Older kids may want to try their hand at more challenging shapes like stars, or circles. To keep the kids busy for longer, let them add a coat of acrylic paint as a base before adding on their buttons.

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If you are worried about hearing hours of “are we there yet?” from the back seat, Road Trip Bingo may be the answer for you! Let the kids make their tin themselves before the trip, or surprise them in the car. To keep the kids from fighting over whose markers are whose, use a different color for each set (or use 3D buttons to create fun themed sets). Don’t forget to pack a stash of a few extra markers in case of lost ones!

Road Trip Bingo Tin close-up

This project will remind the kids to make the most of the last of their summer vacation by having them get ready for back to school! An upcycled can turned into a pencil holder makes a useful decoration for a homework desk, or a fun kid-made teacher gift. If you don’t have any fabric scraps, use contact paper or gift wrap for this easy project.

upcycled can to pretty pencil holder

Dollar stores are a great place to find an endless supply of simple items just waiting to be made beautiful. These basic photo clips, paired with a package of 3D buttons, can be easily turned into a fun themed display for favorite photos from any occasion with our wide range of shank buttons.

customize a photo holder with theme buttons

Thanks to the rubber band bracelet craze, many kids have a rubber band loom stashed that they’ve gotten bored with. Bring new life to that old crafty friend of theirs by showing them how to use 3D shank buttons to make charm bracelets!  Use themed buttons to make bracelets for special occasions, or use basics like flowers for every day wear! (This project also makes a fun take home activity for a girls birthday party or sleepover!)

Finished Rubber Band Bracelet

These are just a few of our favorite kid crafts for summer! For even more, ideas of great projects to keep kids busy (and learning) with crafts, visit the Kids Crafts section of the blog.

SUMMER CRAFTS

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Make a Flower Pot Pencil Holder for Teacher!

On Tuesday, we shared a tag that is perfect for giving a back-to-school gift to your new favorite teacher. Stumped for an idea for a gift to attach it to? We’ve got the perfect gift idea – an easy to make Back to School Flower Pot Pencil Holder that is a pretty as it is useful!

Back to School Flower Pot Pencil Holder for teacher gift or classroom decor. | Nancy Nally for ButtonsGaloreAndMore.com

Supplies Needed:

This flower pot pencil holder is made from a basic small clay flower pot, available at any home center or craft store, that is painted with chalkboard spray paint. To spray paint items like this, I use a scrap of 1×2 board left over from a project and turn the pot upside down onto the end of it. Then I can take the item outside, hold it extended arm’s length away from me, and rotate it while spraying. This gets me good coverage with minimum mess and clean up, and I can get all the edges. To let it dry, I just prop the stick up against something with the pot still on top of it.

Once the painting is complete (I recommend two light coats) and dry, the rest was super fast and simple! Just grab a hot glue gun and get to work gluing the buttons around the top rim of the pot. Cut the shanks off of the apple buttons, and insert one of them periodically. Make sure to use enough glue that they are attached securely!

Back to School Flower Pot Pencil Holder for teacher gift or classroom decor. | Nancy Nally for ButtonsGaloreAndMore.com

Finally, rub the bottom area with the side of a piece of chalk and then clean it off to “prime” it so that it can be written on. I chose to write the teacher’s name but you could also write instructions like “please return”. That’s one of the best things about using the chalkboard paint for this design – it’s not just classroom themed, it’s also useful!

The flower pot pencil holder will likely have a small drainage hole in the bottom of it. If you are concerned about things falling out through the hole when the pot is moved, cut a small circle of cardboard (such as from a recycled cereal box) and glue it into the bottom of the pot.

School will be here before you know it! Grab your 3D Apple Buttons and Primary Button Bonanza and start crafting your flower pot pencil holder for a beautiful classroom!

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