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Decorate with a DIY Berrylicious Button Bouquet

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Flowers are pretty, but they are also expensive and don’t last very long. A button bouquet is affordable and simple to make and will add some vintage charm to your home, wedding, or shower – and never needs watering! Continue Reading →

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Party On Sequin Pendant Necklace

Who doesn’t love an invite to good party? I know I do! When you walk through the door (fashionably late, of course) you can be the center of attention in this quick, easy to make sequin pendant necklace! Continue Reading →

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Learn How to Make a Candy Corn Bracelet with Buttons!

Hi everybody! It’s Anaya from the Buttons Galore & More Design Team. Halloween is fast approaching and I must confess, I’m excited. No, I’m not into the creepy scary stuff – I’m just looking forward to the candy!  If you love Halloween candy like I do, I know you’ll enjoy making this super sweet candy corn bracelet.

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

Supplies Needed for Making Candy Corn Bracelet:

How to Make a Candy Corn Bracelet:

Start your candy corn bracelet by separating the buttons by color and size. You will need to select buttons of a similar size to stack and create little button candy corn charms for your bracelet. Cut a 3-4″ length of wire and gently fold into a ‘U’ shape. Stack buttons with yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle, and white on top. Push the buttons together and twist one end of wire tightly around the other. Trim the excess wire and create a loop using round nose pliers.

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

Repeat this step a until you have enough to fill your your chain. My bracelet is 7″ and I have attached a button charm to every other link.

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

After filling the candy corn bracelet with button charms, gather your selection of beads. I am using 10mm yellow, orange, and white glass pearls along with larger clear and white glass beads. Using headpins, add 2-3 beads to each of the remaining empty links in the chain.

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

Once the bracelet is as full as you’d like, place a jump ring on each end of the chain. Attach the toggle clasps to the jump rings and your candy corn bracelet is complete!

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

I hope you’ll give this candy corn bracelet a try! It’s so cute that it’s definitely worth the time and effort to make. You can even modify the steps a bit to create a matching Halloween necklace and earrings. With this kind of arm candy, you’ll be sure to get all the sweet treats you desire this Halloween candy grabbin’ season!

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

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Create Fall Wood Coaster Wall Decor with 28 Lilac Lane

If you’re like me, you just can’t wait for the temperatures to drop. Now is the perfect time to get started on some fun and simple projects for fall. Today, I’m going to show you how to use the Autumn Afternoon embellishment kit by 28 Lilac Lane to create an awesome fall wood coaster wall decor piece for your home.

fall wood coaster wall decor by Anaya Whye for 28 Lilac Lane

Supplies needed to create Fall Wood Coaster Wall Decor:

Instructions to create Fall Wood Coaster Wall Decor:

The first thing you need for this project is a wood surface. I’m using a 4 1/2″ round wood coaster that is about 1/2″ thick. Next, you will need to find a stamp with a word or phrase that expresses the perfect sentiment. I have selected a “smile” stamp. Smiles are always in season! You can of course go with something specifically related to fall. Most importantly, ensure that anything you choose will fit nicely onto your coaster.

fall wood coaster wall decor by Anaya Whye for 28 Lilac Lane

I have drilled a hole in the top in order to attach a string, but you may be able to find one that is pre-drilled for crafting. On a scrap piece of duck cloth I have stamped the word “smile” in black ink and then glued the fabric to the coaster’s surface. Then I used a clear-drying glue to begin adding pearls and sequins.

fall wood coaster wall decor by Anaya Whye for 28 Lilac Lane

Don’t forget to leave room for buttons! Using a glue gun, I arranged the buttons closely together near the bottom edge and stack a few for extra dimension.

fall wood coaster wall decor by Anaya Whye for 28 Lilac Lane

The kit includes leaf and feather pendants in bronze that look great hanging and add just the right touch for the season. I looped the cord through the wood coaster and each pendant. I used a 7″ length of hemp cord. After I attached the pendants, I just tied a knot in the cord to finish it off.

fall wood coaster wall decor by Anaya Whye for 28 Lilac Lane

For the last step, I applied a few seed beads using the tiniest dab of glue. Using tweezers will assist in applying the beads exactly where you want them. As we all know, glue can at times get messy!

fall wood coaster wall decor by Anaya Whye for 28 Lilac Lane

And its just that easy! Your newly embellished fall wood coaster wall decor is complete.

fall wood coaster wall decor by Anaya Whye for 28 Lilac Lane

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Christmas in July | Make an Easy Snow Scene in a Jar

It’s Christmas in July! I’m thinking cool thoughts and making cool things, like this sweet snow scene in a jar!

Supplies Needed:

How to make a Snow Scene in a Jar:

Begin by rolling up a 1″ ball of aluminum foil,  and then press it down to make the ball flat on the bottom. Cover the foil with a layer of white paint and allow to dry. To make the button tree, cut 6″ to 7″ inches of wire, and fold in half. Start with one of the snowflakes in the embellishment kit to attach as the tree topper. To keep the snowflake centered, apply some glue to hold it in place. Continue adding buttons from smallest to largest until it is to the height you desire. Twist the remaining wire and trim.  Leave just enough wire to place in the hole of your snow hill with a dab of glue.

Glue the snow mound, along with any other little holiday figures you may have to the bottom of your glass jar. 

The last step is to add some sparkle and ‘snow’. Pickling salt may sound like a strange item to use in crafting, but it’s really awesome because it’s bright white and looks so much like snow! Also, the salt is heavy and will keep the sequins and beads from settling directly to the bottom of the jar. Pour in as much salt as you want until it reaches a height that makes you happy. Add sequins and beads from the kit, and then give the mixture a gentle swish from side to side to mix things up. That’s it! Your scenic snow jar is complete.

Have fun and experiment with various jar sizes and embellishments to decorate your home or give as gifts.  This project takes just a little time and very basic craft skills. I hope you’ll give it a try if you’re looking for something quick and easy to craft up for the holidays.

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Sequin Safety Pin Jewelry will bling up your look!

I’m constantly on the look out for fun accessories. But what I love more than looking for cool things is making my own. If you feel the same way, I have a beginner project to help you accessorize. In just a few easy steps, you can make sequin safety pin jewelry!

Here’s what you’ll need to make sequin safety pin jewelry:

How to make sequin safety pin jewelry:

To start making your sequin safety pin jewelry, open the 8mm jump rings with jewelry pliers and add about 4-6 sequins to each ring along with a bead or two if you’d like. The rings will move around a lot if you start adding them to the pin as you go, so you may find it easier to just make a pile of completed jump rings.

Once you have about 10-12 rings finished, add them to the safety pin. The jump rings should be added to the immovable side of the pin. At this point the pin will look pretty awesome as is, but I just love to add buttons to everything! I find the buttons not only give the pin a unique look, but they will also help keep the jump rings from floating around the loop at the end of the pin.

Cut a 5 inch length of wire. Place wire through one of the buttons holes. Bend one end of wire toward the back of the button. Twist that wire around 3-5 times and trim it. Cut the other piece short, but leave enough wire to create a loop.
sequin safety pin jewelry assembly

Be sure to add a button before the first jump ring and behind the last ring on the pin. This will keep the jump rings from sneaking past the loop and getting away.

And your sequin safety pin jewelry is done!

There are so many options and color combinations available that I have already made myself a nice variety of sequin safety pins! I hope you find this to be a fun and easy way to bring a unique jewelry touch to an old shirt, jacket, or backpack.

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How to Make a Rustic Vine Wreath with Buttons & Beads!

One of my favorite things to make are wreaths. There are so many ways to decorate them and endless opportunities to get creative. I put together this rustic vine wreath using the Victoria embellishment kit by 28 Lilac Lane.

rustic vine wreath with buttons and embellishments from 28 Lilac Lane by Anaya Whye

Supplies needed:

Start with the beading needle and invisible thread. Wrap the thread around the wreath and tie a knot to secure it. Stack beads and sequins onto the needle until you have about 1/2 inch or so on the needle. Wrap the thread around while keeping the majority of the beads and sequins in place on the front of the wreath.

Continue wrapping the thread around the rustic vine wreath until you get back to where you started. You’ll get the best results if you wrap the thread no more than about 1/2″ inch apart.

After adding the sequins and beads, I repeated the process with embroidery thread to add some little buttons.

rustic vine wreath close-up

I cut a few pieces of felt to create leaves and attached them to the wreath with a glue gun, while leaving space for some buttons. Cut a length of wire long enough to wrap around the wreath. Stack 2-3 buttons and push wire through 2 holes in each of them. Wrap the wire around the wreath, twist, and cut  the ends.  Tuck the excess wire into the backside of the wreath so there are no sharp ends left sticking out.

After you have added as many buttons as you’d like, the last step is to tie a ribbon to hang your finished rustic vine wreath! I used a small 6 inch wreath for this project, but of course it can be done in a larger size. I find this to be a perfect size to decorate with inside the house. I often hang small wreaths around the house on the walls alongside my photos and even hang them in my work space at the office.

rustic vine wreath with buttons and embellishments from 28 Lilac Lane by Anaya Whye

Looking for a wreath project but prefer a different style? Check out all our button wreath projects!

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