Button up a Patriotic Picnic for July 4th!

by Nancy Nally on June 22, 2015

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and for many of us that will mean taking our food outdoors for a party!

A $1 bucket can be a practical and festive way to hold your party’s utensils, with the addition of some jute ribbon – and of course, buttons!
Patriotic Button Utensil Bucket

Patriotic Utensil Bucket rear

Buttons used in this project came from the Buttons Galore Patriotic Value Pack.

Constructing this project is easy:

1. Cut a length of ribbon that will fit around your bucket. Sew patriotic themed buttons from the Patriotic Value Pack along the middle 3/4 of it. Use adhesive dots to adhere the ribbon around the bucket.

2. Cut another length of ribbon, and tie into a bow. Sew star buttons to the end of the bow’s streamers.

This concept could be adapted for plenty of holidays just by changing button theme pack. Need a utensil holder for that holiday buffet? Try the Christmas Button Grab Bag instead. Or make it a holder for Halloween candy with the Scary button assortment. The options are as limitless as our button selection!

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Ladybug Button Card

by Admin on May 1, 2015

Yay for Fifteen MINUTE Friday!  The weeks just go by so quickly.  Katie from A Sweet Berry’s Blog created this adorable springtime Ladybug Button Card.  She is one of my best friends and super creative and fun.

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It looks like creating this masterpiece was a lot of fun!

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If you want more information about how she created this card, you can hop over to her blog here and find out.

The ladybug buttons are super cute to use while paper crafting and also adorable when sewn on to projects.  You can buy there HERE or by clicking on the photo below.

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Happy Springtime and Happy Crafting,

Laura

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DIY Paper Clip & Button Bookmarks

by Laura Bray on April 27, 2015

Secret Garden Bookmarks

It’s almost time for summer reading. These quick and easy Paper Clip and Button Bookmarks are a great kids project. With our selection of unique buttons, you can make bookmarks to match your child’s interests. Does your child love the book, The Secret Garden? How about creating a collection of garden themed bookmarks? A gift of the book and the garden bookmarks would also make a darling gift!

These would also be great teacher’s gifts. Give your favorite teacher a stack of books, some beach-themed bookmarks the kids made, and they will  be ready to hit the beach and rest up after a long school year!

Seaside Bookmarks

Flip Flop Bookmark Close-Up

Sea Bookmarks with Shell

The possibilities for these are endless! Here’s how to create your own Paper Clip and Button Bookmarks:

Supplies:

Instructions:

Slide the button onto the paper clip. Place a small drop of glue to hold the button in place. You can make dozens of these in only minutes!

Summer Reading Bookmarks

 

 

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Mother’s Day Card

by Admin on April 24, 2015

This adorable card was made by Laura Neiman from Housewife Hellraiser using simple and fun paper crafting techniques.  It is the perfect card that can be made quickly which makes this a great project for Fifteen MINUTE Friday!

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She used papers and a card/envelope combination from Darice and buttons from the Laura Kelly BRIGHTS collection along with adhesives from iLovetoCreate.

You can find out the details on her blog HERE.

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There are so many great ways to create handmade cards with buttons.  Browse the blog and you will be totally inspired!

Cheers,

Laura

 

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Earlier this week I shared this project on my blog for Craft Lightning.  It shows you how to button up a teacher gift in a flash which makes it perfect for Fifteen MINUTE Friday!  Score!!!

I used the buttons from the Laura Kelly BRIGHTS collection.  You can get them HERE!

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Just think of all the things you could put in a jar that a teacher would love.  Here are my top ten ideas!

  1. Candy or Gum
  2. Desk Supplies
  3. Gift Cards
  4. Markers
  5. Lotions and Body Spray
  6. Sprinkles for Cookies
  7. Homemade Drink Mix
  8. Colored Pencils
  9. Sharpies
  10. BUTTONS!!!

Isn’t is adorable with all the other fun jars?

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Teacher appreciation is coming up soon.  Are you ready?  I think you should recycle some jars and add a few buttons to create some handmade awesomeness for those who care for your kids all day every day!

Cheers,

Laura

 

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Here is a fantastic way to create custom  DIY gift wrapping in fifteen minutes (or less) using buttons, fabric markers and glue.  Check it out!  Yay, it’s Fifteen MINUTE Friday!!!

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A tip for buttons and fabric if you are not up for sewing…super tacky adhesives work best!  I love the Fast Grab Tacky from Aleene’s because it holds the buttons right away and keeps them in place until totally dried.  You can see in the next picture that the buttons are in place and the glue is still wet.  I love that!

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You can get more ideas and the full tutorial over on my blog HERE.

 

 

 

 

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DIY Flour Sack Gift Bag

by Admin on March 27, 2015

Handmade gifts are even better when they are wrapped in a handmade flour sack gift bag.  This DIY is an awesome way to use fabric and trim scraps along with your button stash to create unique and fun bags for gifts and goodies.

Flour Sack Gift Bag FInal

They are easy as pie.  Here is what you do…

Flour Sack Gift Bag

  1. Rip your fabric to be double the size you want your bag to turn out.  Mine is 18×9 inches.
  2. Cut your fabrics and trims in strips and stack them the way you like.
  3. Sew the strips to the half of your fabric you want to be the front.
  4. Fold your fabric and sew the side and bottom closed with a bright thread in a decorative stitch.
  5. Add your buttons with Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion.

TaDa!  I am making 525 of these for SNAP.  They will be given out at the breakfast on Saturday morning filled with Laura Kelly goodies and YES, buttons will be in the bags.

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Cheers and Happy Making,

Laura

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