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Mason Jar Valentines

Give the gift of handmade Valentines this year with these super simple mason jar Valentines.  The perfect way to bottle up your heart and give it to someone you love.  Grab a few supplies and your buttons from Buttons Galore and More to get started.

Fun mason jar valentines to make for someone you love!

Mason Jar Valentines Supplies:

Fun mason jar valentines to make for someone you love!

Paint both sides of the mason jar chipboard embellishment with the white paint.  It will take 2 – 3 light coats of paint to completely cover the embellishment.

Fun mason jar valentines to make for someone you love!

Allow your mason jar to dry completely.  Then wrap the top with baker’s twine.  Tie and leave your ends loose as shown below for now.

Fun mason jar valentines to make for someone you love!

Play with your buttons until you get a heart like shape.  Hot glue the first layer of buttons to your mason jar.

Fun mason jar valentines to make for someone you love!

Add a second layer of buttons with hot glue.  Write a sentiment on your tag and punch a hole.  Tie your tag to the mason jar.  Tie the baker’s twine in a bow and trim any excess.  Apply a rhinestone to the center of the bow again using hot glue.

Fun mason jar valentines to make for someone you love!

Slip your mason jar Valentines inside an envelope for delivery to that special someone.  Who will you give your heart to this Valentine’s Day?

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Candy Cane Button Tree

My candy cane button tree is the perfect addition to your holiday decor.  Grab a styrofoam cone and get started on this fun tree today.  It may look complicated but I will show you how to lay out your colors to get those perfect candy cane stripes every time.

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Candy Cane Button Tree Supplies:

  • Red and white buttons
  • 3 7/8″ Styrofoam cone
  • May Arts mini pom pom fringe in red and white
  • May Arts shear red ribbon (not shown below)
  • Hot glue

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Candy Cane Button Tree Instructions:

1.  Wrap your red and white mini pompom fringe around the cone.  Hold in place with sewing pins for now.  Adjust until you like the spacing and location of your candy cane stripes.  Hot glue your fringe into place and remove the pins.

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2.  You don’t want the white cone showing through your red buttons so add the red shear ribbon just in the “red” stripes of your candy cane.  Again hold in place with pins for now.

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3.  Because the ribbon is shear, there is no need to hot glue it down before you add your buttons.  The hot glue will seep through the ribbon with the buttons on top.  So start adding various size buttons with hot glue filling the red and white stripes all the way up the cone.  Remove the pins in the shear ribbon as you go up the red stripe.

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4.  Once you reach the top, add a mini bow from some additional red shear ribbon.  Again attach with hot glue.

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5.  Use a hair dryer to remove any glue strings.  You are ready to display your candy cane button tree for the holidays.  This is a super fun way to celebrate the holidays in your home.

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I love candy canes and of course candy cane button trees.  How about you?  Will you be making a button tree this holiday season?

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Fall Button Serving Tray

My fall button serving tray is one of my favorite buttons projects I have ever made.  Plus it is easy to make which is a win win right?  Grab your buttons and a thrift store tray to get started making your own version.  Don’t need a serving tray for fall?  Maybe use this same idea with a button ornament in the center for Christmas?  Or a heart in the center for Valentine’s Day?  I can think of all sorts of different tray designs for all seasons of the year.

Fall Button Serving Tray -- an idea to spruce up a plain thrift store serving tray for all of your fall parties.

I started with a tray from the thrift store for 99 cents and a bottle of Americana gloss enamels in Antique Gold.

Fall Button Serving Tray -- an idea to spruce up a plain thrift store serving tray for all of your fall parties.

I painted my entire tray with 2 coats of the paint then grabbed some fall themed buttons from Buttons Galore and More.

Fall Button Serving Tray -- an idea to spruce up a plain thrift store serving tray for all of your fall parties.

I laid the buttons out on my tray until I was happy with the arrangement.  I then used my 3 in 1 Beacon adhesive to glue them directly to the tray.

Fall Button Serving Tray -- an idea to spruce up a plain thrift store serving tray for all of your fall parties.

Once the glue was completely dry, I mixed a two coat epoxy to make my tray nice and smooth.  Don’t be afraid of epoxy!  Just mix and pour according to the package directions.  I spent quite a bit of time using a flame to pop bubbles that come up from the epoxy itself and the buttons.  Yes my finished project still has a few bubbles but overall it looks amazing.  The buttons seem to create more bubbles than is normal with an epoxy project.

Fall Button Serving Tray -- an idea to spruce up a plain thrift store serving tray for all of your fall parties.

Allow your epoxy to dry for a nice long time before you touch it (don’t be tempted to touch!!).  You will be left with a glossy flat serving tray with buttons in it!  Now some of my buttons stick up just slightly out of the epoxy (there is a slight hump in the epoxy).  This can easily be fixed with a second epoxy pour however the bumps do not really bother me for my needs so I am leaving them.  You could also be extra careful when choosing buttons for your design and choose only the flattest buttons to include.

Fall Button Serving Tray -- an idea to spruce up a plain thrift store serving tray for all of your fall parties.

Just so you can see my entire button fall scene here is a picture of the entire tray.

Fall Button Serving Tray -- an idea to spruce up a plain thrift store serving tray for all of your fall parties.

It is so darn cute I could eat it up.  Speaking of eat it up, use your fall tray to serve snacks to the kids or for a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving and fall themed parties.  Want more buttons on your Thanksgiving table?  Be sure to check out my rustic burlap napkin rings as well.

Fall Button Serving Tray -- an idea to spruce up a plain thrift store serving tray for all of your fall parties.

Will you be adding buttons to a tray anytime soon?  Don’t let that epoxy pour scare ya!  My fall button serving tray will make an appearance at our Thanksgiving meal and many snacks in the meantime.

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Button Pumpkins Fall Craft

My button pumpkins are the perfect fall craft.   They are quick and easy to make plus make a fun little addition to any of your fall decor.  Grab some buttons and lets make some pumpkins.

Button Pumpkins -- make your own DIY craft pumpkins from just buttons and glue.  Learn how to with this tutorial.

Button Pumpkins Supplies

  • buttons (orange is required but green is optional)
  • green twine (if you don’t have green buttons)
  • hot glue

Yes that is it!

Button Pumpkins -- make your own DIY craft pumpkins from just buttons and glue.  Learn how to with this tutorial.

Button Pumpkins Instructions

Sort your orange buttons and find some that are various sizes.  When stacked they should be sphere shaped.  Hot glue the buttons together.

Button Pumpkins -- make your own DIY craft pumpkins from just buttons and glue.  Learn how to with this tutorial.

If you have some green buttons, find two mini sized ones that are the same size.  Hot glue those on top.

Button Pumpkins -- make your own DIY craft pumpkins from just buttons and glue.  Learn how to with this tutorial.

No green buttons?  Hot glue a couple of orange buttons on top that are mini size.

Button Pumpkins -- make your own DIY craft pumpkins from just buttons and glue.  Learn how to with this tutorial.

Then use hot glue and the green twine to wrap those two buttons for a stem.

Button Pumpkins -- make your own DIY craft pumpkins from just buttons and glue.  Learn how to with this tutorial.

You can have an entire field full of these mini button pumpkins in no time at all.  Use them in your fall decor or to give out as party favors.  This is also a great craft to do with older kids (be careful with the hot glue!).  Who doesn’t want some little button pumpkins?

Button Pumpkins -- make your own DIY craft pumpkins from just buttons and glue.  Learn how to with this tutorial.

 

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DIY Button Clock

A DIY button clock is fun and can make a pretty addition to any room in your home.  I am going to show you a super simple way to make this cute clock yourself.  Trust me you can make this clock at home in the colors of your choice easily.

A great DIY button clock that anyone can make easily.  Get the full instructions and make your own clock today.

 DIY Button Clock Supplies:

A great DIY button clock that anyone can make easily.  Get the full instructions and make your own clock today.

DIY Button Clock Instructions:

1.  Paint your wood clock base from inside the kit.  I did a base coat of white on the entire surface and allowed to dry.  Then follow with your stencil and blue (or color of your choice).  Paint your numbers that come with the kit in this step as well.  Allow all of your components to dry completely before continuing.

A great DIY button clock that anyone can make easily.  Get the full instructions and make your own clock today.

2.  The rim of this particular clock kit is just perfect for laying in buttons.  Layout your buttons and numbers until you are happy with the results.  Pick up each button and hot glue to the surface.  Once complete, use tacky glue to put your numbers into place.  Allow the glue to dry completely.

A great DIY button clock that anyone can make easily.  Get the full instructions and make your own clock today.

3.  Add in your clock movements from the kit and your clock is ready to hang.  Please note that you may have to adjust the hands so they don’t hit your numbers (since they stick up).
A great DIY button clock that anyone can make easily.  Get the full instructions and make your own clock today.
A simple DIY button clock that anyone can make.  The kit from Walnut Hollow makes this one a breeze to complete.  Grab your buttons and get started today!


A great DIY button clock that anyone can make easily.  Get the full instructions and make your own clock today.

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Back to School Embellished Pencil Pouch

Send your kids back to school in style with my embellished pencil pouch.  Who wants plain old school supplies when you can have some with a little flair?  You daughter will love showing off this little pencil pouch to her friends this school year.  The best part is that it only takes a few minutes to add this little embellishment.  You could coordinate a backpack or other back to school accessory to go with the pencil pouch as well.

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Back to School Embellished Pencil Pouch Supplies

  • Pencil pouch (mine came from the Dollar Tree)
  • Felt (I used zebra stripes felt)
  • Button in your choice of color
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors, Sizzix die cutter, or other ways to cut circles

Back to School Embellished Pencil Pouch Instructions

I have a treat for you all today.  I am not going to just tell you how to make this great back to school accessory….I am going to SHOW you.  Come on over to my house and grab a glass of sweet tea.  Sit back and watch this short (less than 4 minute) video to see how to make a pencil pouch of your own.  The video is captured live and is just me sitting and crafting along with you all.  It is the equivalent of you coming to a crafting party at my house…if it was possible to squeeze all of y’all in here.  So come on over and craft along with me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHod6JPk3Nc

Did you have fun?  Come back anytime y’all and craft with me via video.  I love inviting my readers into my home with fun live videos.  Plus when it is live there is no retakes.  Just me, the camera, and some crafty fun.  I have included a close up shot of the finished flower embellishment below in case y’all had a hard time seeing it on the video.

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I hope you will add these fun flower embellishments to your daughter’s back to school supplies this year.  What a fun and unique way to carry your pencils and even books.  Grab some felt and have fun going back to school this year.

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Beach Theme Button Decor with Starfish

Make this great beach theme button decor with a starfish for your nautical themed room.  A great addition for summer or any time of the year.  This button decor is easy to make and will look great in your home.

Beach Theme Button Decor Craft -- perfect nautical themed art with buttons and starfish.  Add this one to your summer decor with a super simple tutorial.

Beach Theme Button Decor Supplies Needed

  • Wood Buttons
  • Styrofoam
  • Rope
  • Starfish
  • Styro Cutter or equivalent
  • Hot Glue
  • Scrap fabric

Beach Theme Button Decor Craft -- perfect nautical themed art with buttons and starfish.  Add this one to your summer decor with a super simple tutorial.

 Beach Theme Button Decor Instructions

1.  Lay your buttons out on your Styrofoam then mark the perimeter.

Beach Theme Button Decor Craft -- perfect nautical themed art with buttons and starfish.  Add this one to your summer decor with a super simple tutorial.

2.  But around the perimeter with a Styro Cutter, serrated knife, or other cutting tool.

Beach Theme Button Decor Craft -- perfect nautical themed art with buttons and starfish.  Add this one to your summer decor with a super simple tutorial.

3.  Cover the front with a scrap piece of white fabric.  Then use hot glue to add buttons, rope, and starfish.

Beach Theme Button Decor Craft -- perfect nautical themed art with buttons and starfish.  Add this one to your summer decor with a super simple tutorial.

4.  Add a rope to hang your project that is also secured with hot glue.

Beach Theme Button Decor Craft -- perfect nautical themed art with buttons and starfish.  Add this one to your summer decor with a super simple tutorial.

5.  I added my beach theme button decor to the center of an empty white picture frame to really make it shine.

Beach Theme Button Decor Craft -- perfect nautical themed art with buttons and starfish.  Add this one to your summer decor with a super simple tutorial.

Enjoy this beach theme art in your bathroom or any other part of your summer home.  This nautical inspired art will bring the beach indoors this summer.

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