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Embellish a T-Shirt for Instant Button Style!

The weather is warming up and soon it will be t-shirt season! Using buttons to embellish a t-shirt is an easy way to add some instant style to an inexpensive, plain piece of clothing without the need for a sewing machine or hours of time.

Embellish a T-shirt Neckline with Buttons

This project can be done on any affordable basic t-shirt. The only supplies needed are buttons and a needle and thread.

To coordinate with this green t-shirt, I selected our Strawberry Cheesecake Color Blend buttons, gentle shades of pink that contrast nicely to the shirt’s green tone. But this project could be made in any color combination, like school colors, which makes it perfect for special events or creating a custom piece to match that hard-to-match clothing!

Sewing buttons on neckline

Beginning at one of the shoulder seams, sew the buttons centered onto the border of the neckline. The spacing of the buttons can be measured if you’d like, but I chose to estimate my placement. The spacing distance will depend on how many buttons you’d like to use. If you want a heavily embellished look, put your buttons close together – or even touching! Spacing the buttons further apart, as I chose to, will give a more delicate look to the embellishment.

For a more interesting design, you can vary the sizes and colors of the buttons like I did. I recommend, however, keeping them small enough on a shirt with a binding like this on the neck to stay within the trim itself.

Button embellished shirt

The finished result is an embellished t-shirt that is affordable and simple to make, and an easy look that will still look “finished” around the neck if you skip wearing jewelry.

Embellish a T-shirt close-up

While you are at our webstore checking out the Strawberry Cheesecake Color Blend buttons, don’t forget to also check out our spring clearance sale section. Some items are as much as 80% off as we are clearing out inventory in preparation for moving our warehouse!

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Craft a Wood Trinket Box with Button Lid

You can never have too many pretty little places to stash mementos and accessories. This little wood trinket box with a multi-colored button lid is a great way to hold your favorite jewelry, souvenirs like ticket stubs, or even office supplies!

Wood trinket box with button lid

This wood trinket box starts with a fun ombre finish created using the brand new Plaid Ultra Dyes. These are somewhat like water soluble brightly colored wood stains, and blend. I layered several colors to get the effect shown here: Raspberry Beret and Hot Flash applied on the bottom, and the top area with several coats of Hot Pink. Then a coat of hot Pink was layered over the entire project. The end result was almost a dip dye effect.

wood trinket box with ombre Ultra Dye

To find a selection of lots of colors for my button collage for on the lid of the trinket box, I decided to pull buttons from two different button assortments. On the left is our Spring button box, with the purple buttons, and on the right is our Vacation button box, with the dark teal and peach colors. Both assortments share in common some pink and light green shades, making them well suited to work together.

Buttons to match wood trinket box

I laid down a thick layer of white glue and then went to work filling in the lid with the buttons. The key (for me anyway) to achieving a random look is to try to not have buttons touch each other that are the same color. It’s also important to make sure that too many buttons of the same size aren’t clustered together in an area.

Buttons glued to wood trinket box lid

After the glue dries clear, that buttons will appear to be floating on the lid of the wood trinket box!

Wood trinket box with button lid

This wood trinket box with a button lid is a fast and easy project for all ages – a great project for a Mother’s Day gift or for summer vacation crafts for the kids! What will you use it for?

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Holiday Frame: A Floral Welcome Frame

For those of you following along with the holiday frame project, there may be times when you don’t want a seasonal element in it. Today, I’m here to show you a welcome frame design for your frame for those in-between times of year!

Welcome frame featuring 28 Lilac Lane products by May Flaum from Buttons Galore. Easy photo frame home decor project.

This simple design makes use of beautiful elements from our 28 Lilac Lane “Attic Findings” kit, as well as 3D die cut elements. All of the paper elements are created from a single paper pad for easy coordination of colors and designs.

To create this welcome frame project, the background paper was cut to 8″ x 10″ to fit the frame opening. Then the crochet trim from the Attic Findings kit was cut to create the border and glued in place. The word “welcome” was die cut (sized to just slightly more than 5″) and the edges were inked to provide a drop shadow before adhering it as well.

Welcome frame featuring 28 Lilac Lane products by May Flaum from Buttons Galore. Easy photo frame home decor project.

The three flowers were sized to about 2.25″ in diameter, and then cut from different papers. (The stamens on two of the flowers were cut from another flower design that wasn’t used on the frame.) The edges of the pink flowers were inked, and then the flowers were assembled.

The finishing touch on the flowers were the embellishments from the Attic Findings kit. Each flower got its own touch of contrasting color. The buttons were threaded with embroidery floss and tied off before adhering to give them a finished look.

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This welcome frame is a beautiful way to fill your holiday frame in between holidays! In case you’ve missed them, don’t forget to check out the previous installments in the holiday frame series. What holiday would you like to see added to the series next?

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28 Lilac Lane Blog Hop: Spring Flowers

Welcome to the 28 Lilac Lane blog hop on the Buttons Galore blog! Let’s make some spring flowers! Make sure that you stay until the end today for the giveaway!

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Spring has us all thinking of flowers! But in some areas they aren’t blooming yet, or we may not be able to have them in the house due to allergies.

The solution is simple…fabric and buttons! 28 Lilac Lane spring flowers

This project starts with fabric and interfacing. Iron heavy-duty iron-on interfacing to the back side of a small fabric scrap. Then, wrong sides together, iron another fabric scrap to the back side of it. This will create a double-sided piece of fabric, with the interfacing in the middle to stiffen the fabric.

Run the fabric through your die cutting machine to make flowers. Repeat with several different fabric scraps. If you don’t have scraps that will work for this project, visit your local quilt or sewing store and check out their fat quarter inventory for suitable fabric. Small prints work best for this project.

Fabric Flowers

Select a large button to coordinate with each of your spring flowers. With a piercer or large needle, poke holes through the flower where the button’s holes are.

Cut a length of the German Style wire about twice the desired stem length and fold it in half. Poke one end through each of the button’s holes and the flower and pull to snug the loop down on top of the button. Begin twisting the wire together under the flower. Continue until you reach the desired stem length and clip off the wire ends.

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Arrange your spring flowers in a vase, and for the finishing touch wrap baker’s twine around the neck and tie a pretty bow!

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Don’t miss the other stops on the blog hop:

How to enter the Giveaway

To celebrate this blog hop, Buttons Galore is giving away a fabulous 28 Lilac Lane prize! One lucky winner is going to win two 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits, an embellishment bottle, and a sequin tin  – and the best part is that it is winner’s choice!

To enter, comment below and tell us which of the 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits is YOUR favorite! This giveaway is open until Midnight pacific time on Sunday, April 24th. One entry per person, and only U.S. mailing addresses are eligible to win.

Thanks for visiting the blog hop and good luck! If this is your first visit to the blog, please make sure to subscribe to the blog and follow our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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Easy Gold Button Charm Bracelet

This gold button charm bracelet project is easy to make with only a few supplies, and makes a perfect gift for the special stylish woman in your life!

Gold Button Charm Bracelet Supplies

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I also recommend having on hand a pair of jewelry pliers (long nose or bent nose) to open and close the jump rings to complete this project more easily.

Once the supplies are assembled, select a random assortment of stem buttons from the button bag. You’ll need enough to put one button on each link of the bracelet chain.

gold button charm bracelet

Use the jump rings to attach the stem buttons to the bracelet chain. Attach one button per link in the chain, keeping all of the buttons on the same side of the links.

Vary the size and design of the buttons that you use as you go to get a good random appearance. If you look closely above, you can see that I put larger buttons in the center of the bracelet, and smaller ones at the ends, to create a taper effect and make the bracelet more comfortable to wear.

gold button charm bracelet

That’s all there is to it! This fun gold button charm bracelet gift is so easy to make, but the results are stylish!

For a different look, try making this button charm bracelet project with our Fancy Silver Haberdashery buttons, and a silver bracelet and silver jump rings.

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Good Morning Sunshine Layout with 28 Lilac Lane

Today, the Buttons Galore blog is pleased to welcome Karla Yungwirth as guest blogger to share this beautiful scrapbook layout with us.

Sunshine scrapbook layout using 28 Lilac Lane embellishment by Karla Yungwirth
I am so excited to share a layout with you today that I’ve created with the new collection from 28 Lilac Lane by May Flaum! I am so in love with these amazing embellishments – the kits are full of beautiful sequins and lovely buttons, along with an amazing assortment of goodies that just make you need to create something gorgeous with them!
Title with 28 Lilac Lane embellishmentsI wanted to create a light, spring-like look to my page, so I started off by using some of the white and yellow beads over my Sunshine title sticker, gluing them on with matte medium liquid adhesive. They give such a cool effect over the sticker!
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 I layered my photo and some coordinating papers over a diagonal paper arrangement, which I stitched on using my sewing machine. The pretty buttons, beads, sequins and pearls created lovely clusters on each side of my photo. The pink and white bakers twine, included in the Tropical Twist Embellishment kit, was perfect to tie through a pink button and my Love tag. I even added some of the lovely lace, which you can find in the Attic Findings kit, on the bottom of the tag along with the golden sun charm from the Tropical Twist kit!
Scrapbook layout embellishmentI scattered sequins around my page and near my title and stitched paper strips at the top of my page, along with another pretty pearl. It’s amazing how the embellishments in these kits can really make a layout pop! I had so much fun creating this layout, and I have so many more ideas that I can use these pretty embellishments kits on! Wishing you a happy, crafty and creative day!

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Karla YungwirthAbout Karla: I’m Karla Yungwirth, a Canadian mom to 3 beautiful girls, a wife of an amazing man, a scrapbooker, a card maker, a lover of gorgeous paper, a boo-boo kisser, a master Lego builder, a baker of lopsided birthday cakes. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My grandmothers taught me to sew, knit and crochet, and my mom was always repurposing to create something wonderful and magical – before recycling was even cool! I love being creative – it’s what makes my soul sing and my heart happy. You can find me on my blog at http://creative-love-affair.blogspot.ca//, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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Top 7 Button Projects for Spring – and a Giveaway!

Top Spring Button Projects

Old man winter has been really reluctant in some parts of the country (including at the Buttons Galore warehouse) to pack it up and head back to the arctic where he belongs! So today we thought we’d share on the blog a round-up of some of our favorite spring projects to remind everyone that spring is coming after all!

Spring Button Wreath

Spring Button wreath with flowers

This fun project will brighten up any decor and bring the cheer of spring inside – even if Mother Nature isn’t cooperating outside. And the only tool required is a glue gun!

Springtime Flutterbug Medley Wall Plaque

Spring Flutterbug Medley Wall Plaque

This gorgeous frame project could be used to house a favorite picture, or a favorite seasonal quote. It’s perfect for nursery decor, or a craft room!

Welcome Spring Sign

Welcome Spring hanging sign

This sign says it all for those who are ready to be done with winter…”welcome spring”. This light and airy look can be made in a variety of spring colors, or the text could be changed out with a child’s name for nursery decor too!

Upcycled Spring Floral Bouquet

Upcycled Spring Floral Bouquet

When there is no flowers outside yet, just make your own! This spring project brings the spring cheer and is environmental too, as it upcycles a tin can for the beautiful container the holds the handmade flowers.

Homemade Button Garden Markers

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Spring time means gardeners everywhere are dreaming of abundant summer garden harvests, and planting pots of seeds to get a head start on the growing season. These adorable garden markers will help you remember what that little green sprout in that pot is – peas? corn? beans? – before it makes its way out to be planted in the garden.

Spring Butterfly and Flower Card

Spring Butterfly and Flower Card

If spring has you feeling in the mind to spread some good cheer, some button embellished flowers and butterflies may be just the way to do it! This quick and easy card will put a smile on someone’s face for sure!

Button & Burlap Jar

Button flowerpot Candle hostess gift

Although it is shown on a candle jar, this spring floral mason jar project could be used for a variety of uses – even storing your buttons in your craft room! With a few color changes (such as natural burlap) it could work with any decor, too. Your creativity is the limit!

And now for the giveaway!

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One lucky blog reader is going to win a spring button prize package of a random assortment of our Buttons Galore Spring Fling 3D buttons (a sampling of the collection is shown above) that is worth $20 retail! That will make plenty of great spring projects for the lucky winner!

How To Enter The Giveaway: Leave a comment below telling us which one of the spring projects that we shared here you liked the best! A random winner will be chosen from all comments left before midnight U.S. pacific time on Sunday, April 17th. One entry per person. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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