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Red White and Blue Button Flower Vase

I love decorating empty cans and turning them into something fun and useful again. All those canned beans and soup can really be a DIY project waiting to happen. Add some fabric, ribbon and brightly colored buttons and you have yourself a whole slew of possibilities. For today’s project I decorated a can with patriotic colors and turned it into a pretty little flower vase, perfect for adding to the table for July 4th.

Red White and Blue flower vase

Red White and Blue flower vase

Materials:

  • Empty aluminum can, washed and dried
  • Blue fabric
  • Red ribbon
  • White card stock
  • White and Blue embroidery thread
  • Red, white and blue buttons
  • Red eyelet and eyelet tool
  • Glue
Patriotic flower vase DIY

Patriotic flower vase DIY

Instructions to make your own patriotic flower vase decor

  1. Cut fabric and wrap around the outside of the can. Glue in place.
  2. Wrap ribbon around the can, tie in a knot, trim edges. Tie a red and blue ribbon together using white embroidery thread. Tie to center of ribbon covering the knot.
  3. Make a mini gift tag using the white card stock. Apply ribbon, wrap with blue embroidery thread and attach a white button. Add an eyelet with eyelet tool and then attach the tag to the button/ribbon on the can.
Recycled can to patriotic vase

Recycled can to patriotic vase

Simple patriotic flower vase

Simple patriotic flower vase

 

You can make a bunch of these patriotic flower vases to decorate for your July 4th festivities. I use these same kind of decorated cans as utensil holders and pencil/marker holders for parties. You can add a little sparkle by using glitter or rhinstones to the tag and ribbon wrap. You can even add buttons all around the can. Get creative and make your own fun patriotic decorations!

 

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Make an iPhone Purse with Duck Tape and Buttons

Make a Duck Tape  iphone purse with buttons galore and more buttons.  I was struggling with ideas to make for my projects this month featuring buttons. While I was sitting around brainstorming, I started playing with the fancy roll of Duck Tape I had and next thing ya know, I had made a mini purse. Now, I don’t have photos to share showing how I made the purse exactly. That’s what happens when a girl get crafty at 11pm with no plan. However, I’ll tell you how I did it.

I used buttons to create the closing feature on this purse. I hand stitched these buttons in place so they would be more sturdy than a simple adhesive attachment. I think it would be fun to sew extra embellishments and designs on the purse too.

 

Make a Duck Tape cell phone purse with buttons galore and more buttons

Duck Tape cell phone purse

 

Make your own iPhone purse

Make your own iPhone purse

Materials I used:

  • Duck Tape
  • Vacation – Coordinating buttons
  • Embroidery thread and needle

– no kidding, that’s it!

How to make your own iPhone purse with Duck Tape and Buttons:

  1. Create a sheet of double sided Duck Tape that is 3 tape strips wide and 11″ long. To make the sheet, tear off 3 pieces of tape that are about 11″ long,  lay them next to each other, overlapping on the side by about 1/4″. Repeate this step and then stick the two large pieces on top of each other.
  2. Fold the bottom up about 4″ and tape the sides. Now you should have a pocket with a flap.
  3. Cut a small hole on each side of the pocket opening.
  4. Using a long strip of duck tape, make a strap for your purse. Roll or fold the strip of tape until it is more like a cord with no sticky side showing. RUn the cord through each hole on the purse pocket. Place tape around the edges of the cord so that it stays in place.
  5. Add your buttons
    1. Sew buttons in place however you’d like.
    2. Wrap thread around the bottom button and leave a piece hanging so you can use it to wrap around the flap button to keep your purse closed.
iPhone purse pocket

iPhone purse pocket

 

iPhone purse flap

iPhone purse flap

 

iPhone purse button closeup

iPhone purse button closeup

 

Fun colors to make your own iPhone purse

Fun colors to make your own iPhone purse

 

I always carry a super small purse, so you could use this as your wallet or add more pockets to carry more little treasures. I think it would be neat to add a few different Duck Tape patterns too. Get creative with the Duck Tape to make your own fun purse. I’d love to hear what you come up with!

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Make Pretty Dragonfly Decor for your Wedding

You can add your own pretty handmade art to every guest table at your wedding reception with just a few steps.   Use the Buttons Galore and More blank craft shapes to create mini masterpieces that coordinate with your wedding theme. You can use these pieces to embellish candle votive holders, make into wedding party gifts or even as jewelry for the bride and bridal party. I played with different colors and color combinations, use what works for your event theme. I used  the idea of dragonfly decor.

Wedding Votives with Dragonfly  Decor Art by Jen Goode

Wedding Votives with Dragonfly Decor Art by Jen Goode

 

Materials you need Make Pretty Dragonfly Decor for your Wedding:

Start Ups are mini canvases for your own art

Start Ups are mini canvases for your own art

 

Steps to make your own Make Pretty Dragonfly Decor for your Wedding:

  1. Make sure to cover work space with paper to prevent spraying in unwanted surfaces.
  2. Create a stencil using a decorate punch or use a pre-made stencil. I used a tiny dragonfly paper punch to create this image.
  3. Spray adhesive on one side of the stencil and adhere to the craft shape.
  4. Spray Smooch Spritz, one color at a time on to the craft shape. You can blot the ink with a tissue to lighten it, blend it or to remove it.
  5. Use the heat gun to set color between applications.
  6. To blend colors, spray two to 3 colors before blotting or applying heat.
  7. Finish the piece of art, remove the stencil and then liberally spray Champagne Smooch Spritz and applying heat. This will give an overall sparkle to the entire piece, even on the stenciled area.
  8. Thread organza ribbon through the craft shape holes and tie around a glass votive holder.

 

Spray layers of Smooch Spritz to add color

Spray layers of Smooch Spritz to add color

 

Finish with Champagne Smooch Spritz

Finish with Champagne Smooch Spritz

Tips:

Don’t be afraid of adding more color. If you don’t heat set, you can wipe off some of the excess color and start over. Although you may not be able to wipe off all the color, you will be able to remove quite a bit of it.

If your stencil comes loose from the heat gun use, simply reapply with more adhesive spray.

Most importantly, have fun creating your own personalized dragonfly decor!

Dragonfly Art sparkles

Dragonfly Art sparkles

 

Add color layers to other Start up shapes

Add color layers to other Start up shapes

 

Wedding votives with handmade Dragonfly art by Jen Goode

Wedding votives with handmade Dragonfly art by Jen Goode

 

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Felt Easter Egg Treat Pouches

Use felt scraps and buttons to create cute little felt Easter eggs with a hidden surprise. Each little egg is actually a pouch. Each has a pocket in the back so you can put a little treat. You can make your eggs whatever size you like, I made these just big enough to hide a single little chocolate kiss. Add buttons to accent each egg, complimenting colors and adding a little bit of cute fun to each piece.  If you want to make them larger to hold a gift card you can.

Mini felt Easter Egg treat pouches

 Directions and materials to make the felt Easter egg:

Fiesta buttons are perfect for this Easter project! It’s a nice mix of spring colors you can mix and match with purples, greens, blues and yellows too. You can find the full tutorial to this project on my site. Learn how to make your own Mini felt Easter egg pouches.

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Hand Stitched Birds – Button Embellished

You can create these adorable hand stitched little birds using a wide array of materials. Use your mixed-media mojo to create birdies with your own unique look and then embellish with pretty buttons to add color, sparkle and dimension. I absolutely love the new wedding buttons, so I had to use these little glittery hearts for my bird ornaments. Today I’ll share with you how you can make them too.

Button Embellished hand stitched birdies

Materials to make the hand stitched birdies:

From the Buttons Galore and More Store:

Other materials used:

  • Neutral colored fabric
  • Coordinating brightly colored fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (white and black)
  • Polyfil
  • DecoArt SoSoft® Fine Glitter fabric paint (Ice Crystal) and paint brush
  • Twine or ribbon

Colorful buttons

How to make button embellished hand stitched birds

  1. Cut 2 identical bird shaped pieces of fabric
  2. Stitch both pieces of fabric together, 1/4″ from the edge leaving a 1″ opening. Do not cut thread. Stuff with polyfil. Stitch closed and tie off.
  3. Cut 1 wing shape from colored fabric. Adhere in place (stitch or glue).
  4. Cut a small triangle for the beak and glue in place.
  5. Paint accents using sparkly fabric paint. Allow to dry.
  6. Stitch buttons in place as desired. For buttons that do not lay flat, snip off the button hole ring and glue button in place.
  7. Using black thread, stitch a small eye.
  8. If you’d like your bird to be able to hang to display, stitch a small twine or ribbon loop at the top.
Sparkly wedding buttons

Sparkly wedding buttons

 

Cut off button back before gluing

Cut off button back before gluing

 

Pretty button embellished birds by Jen Goode

Pretty button embellished hand stitched birds by Jen Goode

These hand stitched birdies make a great decoration you can add to any centerpiece, accent other key piece or even include as a gift tag accessory. Mix and match the colors of fabric and buttons to create pretty handmade pieces you can include in any occasion.

 

 

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Mini Easter Egg Art – make your own art

Mini Easter Egg Art is fun to make.  Combine paint and buttons to create a pretty vintage look when decorating this Easter. Create your own mini Easter egg art in just a few steps. You can make a whole pile of these cute little art canvases and use them to accent your Easter decor throughout the house, just change the design and alternate the colors and you’ve got a new art piece.

Easter Egg canvas art by Jen Goode

Easter Egg canvas art by Jen Goode

Easter Egg canvas art with buttons

Easter Egg canvas art with buttons

Materials you need for Mini Easter Egg Art:

  • Small brown buttons
  • Mini canvas
  • Twine
  • DecoArt Americana Craft Paint – tan, white, pink, purple and yellow
  • DecoArt One Step Crackle
  • DecoArt Gel Stain
  • Liquid glue
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Black fine tip marker

Steps to make mini Easter Art

Allow materials to dry between applications.

  1. Paint each canvas tan.
  2. Dry brush paint over tan with white.
  3. Create an egg shape stencil using the cardstock.
  4. paint the egg art on each canvas. Alternating tan and white, create an egg shape on each canvas with the stencil. Layer color until you get the look and texture you’d like. Lightly paint color on each egg. Create a pattern or apply in various areas for each piece. Coat with One Step Crackle. Using a cloth, rub on gell stain. Immediately wipe off.
  5. Using black marker, doodle outlines and patterns on each egg design.
  6. Tie twine through each button. Glue buttons in place as desired.
paint canvases

paint canvases

 

close up of Easter Egg art

close up of Easter Egg art

 

Easter egg button art by Jen Goode

Easter egg button art by Jen Goode

 

Tip: Use colorful Spring buttons in mini Easter baskets to accent your Easter decor instead of jelly beans. Just make sure not to leave the buttons where young children can reach them. Have a Happy Easter!

Basket with spring buttons

Basket with spring buttons

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Pink Fabric Hearts with Buttons – Valentine decoration

I’ve recently started making little fabric ornaments using just plain canvas or linen fabric and embellishing with different materials. It’s an inexpensive material that you can paint, glue and sew with and using colorful buttons you can great a whole variety of different looks. So today I’m going to show you how I made these pretty little pink fabric hearts embellished with fabulous pink buttons. Don’t fret if you don’t sew, just use a fabric glue instead! You can do it.

Fabric heart ornaments with buttons

Fabric heart ornaments with buttons

Materials you need  to make Fabric Hearts:

Materials for making button hearts

Materials for making button hearts

How to make fabric hearts with buttons:

  1. Fold fabric and cut a heart shape so you end up with 2 matching heart cut outs.
  2. Stitch heart 1/4″ from edge. Leave a 1.5″ opening.
  3. Stuff with Polyfil.
  4. Stitch buttons in place as desired.
  5. Stitch a loop of ribbon or twine at top for hanging.
Stitch buttons into place

Stitch buttons into place

Add a hanging loop to the top of the heart

Add a hanging loop to the top of the heart

Optionally, if you choose to use fabric glue in lieu of sewing, glue the buttons on first and allow to dry. Then glue heart pieces together, leaving a space to stuff and then seal closed.

You can add extra embellishments, decorative stitching and other accents to create a look that’s all your own.

Pretty button heart ornament Pink Fabric Hearts with Buttons - Valentine decoration

Pretty button heart ornament

You can make a whole pile of these fun fabric heart buttons. Make each one unique by choosing from a wide array of red and pink buttons in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

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