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Celebrate Fall with Button Vase Fall Canvas Wall Art

Autumn is one of my very favorite seasons. I love the cooler (but not cold) temperatures and the gorgeous bright colors that appear in nature. This Button Vase Fall Canvas wall art is the perfect project when you’re short on table space but want to add those beautiful fall colors to your home.

Button Vase Fall Canvas Wall Art

Supplies needed to make a Button Vase Fall Canvas Wall Art:

How to make a Button Vase Fall Canvas Wall Art:

Autumn Canvas Button Vase Supplies

Step one:

Use a pencil to draw (or trace) a simple vase shape to the bottom half of your blank 16×20 canvas.

Pencil Sketch Vase

It doesn’t need to be perfect, just a rough outline so that you know where to place the buttons for the button vase. The buttons will cover up any pencil marks. I drew a round vase, but you can make it any shape you want. Whichever shape you use, make sure to keep it on one end of the canvas.

Step two:

Glue buttons to the outlined vase you drew on the canvas.  I used a hot glue gun to attach the buttons.

Hot Glue Buttons

Because I was using Silk Autumn Leaves in my vase with beautiful red and orange colors, I made my vase Yellow to complement them. I used every yellow button in the Harvest and Fall Festival button sets to fill my round yellow vase. I liked that the shades of yellow in these two sets were in line with the yellow you’d actually see on fall leaves.

Yellow Button Vase on Canvas

Don’t glue buttons inside the mouth part of the vase at the top but fill the rest of the vase.

Step three:

Use a sharp craft knife to cut a line in the canvas just above the buttons in the mouth of the vase.

Vase Opening

Step four:

Insert your Autumn Silk Florals or Leaves through the hole in the canvas. Arrange them however you like.  I find that the canvas vase looks best when it’s full. I used four Silk Leaf stems to fill my vase.

Button Vase with Leaf Stems

Step five:

Turn your canvas over, and use hot glue to secure the stems in place for added stability.   I used an entire small glue stick to fix my stems in place.

Secure Leaf Stems

Step six: 

Use single leaves to fill in any blank spaces or gaps at the base of the stems.  Secure them in place with hot glue.

Single Leaves

If you have some unruly leaves on the stems that aren’t laying quite right, a dot of hot glue can help secure them to the canvas in a more pleasing way.

DIY Button Vase Fall Canvas Wall Art

Hang your canvas on the wall, or prop it up on a table for a beautiful bright pop of autumn colors! I think that I will take a slightly smaller canvas and use the red buttons in the Fall Festival and Harvest button packs to make a smaller red vase with some pretty silk sunflowers! The pair will look great together with my fall decor. The possibilities are endless if you just change the color of the buttons for your vase to complement the flowers or leaves you have! Happy Fall Crafting!

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Christmas in July | Embroidery Hoop Christmas Card Holder

You can celebrate a little bit of Christmas in July by crafting this fun and easy Embroidery Hoop Christmas Card Holder. This simple craft is a great way to get your kids involved and teach them basic button sewing. It will look so cute on the wall holding your Christmas cards! You can customize it by changing the button shapes, or colors to suit your decor needs.

Christmas in July Embroidery Hoop Card Holder

Supplies Needed to Make Embroidery Hoop Christmas Card Holder:

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Card Holder Materials

Step one:

To start making your embroidery hoop Christmas card holder, lay your embroidery hoop on your fabric and trace around the outside edge of the hoop. Don’t trace right along the edge of the hoop, since you want the fabric circle to be bigger than the embroidery hoop. The circle doesn’t need to be perfect. You will need two fabric circles. I used a canvas drop cloth that I already had, but you could also use a cotton fabric or even burlap. You don’t want the fabric to have too much stretch though, since it needs to hold the weight of the buttons and the cards firmly.

Cut out the circles of fabric, and then cut one circle in half. Don’t waste too much time trying to get the cuts perfect. You won’t even be able to tell if they are or not once the project is finished!

Step two:

Finish the straight cut edge of your half circle by gluing ribbon to the edge and folding it over.

Step three:

Trace a small circle onto the half circle of fabric. I used a wide mouth mason jar lid to trace the circle for my wreath.It was a perfect size. You can make your wreath bigger or smaller as desired.

Step four:

Stretch the half circle fabric piece into the embroidery hoop for stability. Sew green buttons around the circle that you traced on the fabric. Tie a knot in your string and start under the fabric. Bring the needle up through the button and back down into the fabric.

Repeat this step again so that your button is firmly attached to the fabric.

I used big buttons and small buttons around my wreath for some visual interest, and I used green buttons from both the Contemporary Christmas mix and the Button Bonanza Christmas Mix to vary the colors.

Step five:

Use a few small red buttons for berries in the wreath. Sew them randomly into the green buttons using the red thread.

Step six:

Add a small red ribbon bow to the button wreath. You can sew the bow to the wreath with your red thread, or you can use hot glue to attach it.

Step seven:

Lay your button wreath half circle of fabric over the full circle you cut in step one, and stretch them into the embroidery hoop. This creates the pocket for your cards to go into. Trim any extra pieces of fabric on the back of the hoop.  Hang your completed embroidery hoop Christmas card holder on your wall!

You can fit quite a few cards in one hoop, but if you typically get lots and lots of cards from your friends and family, you might want to make a couple of these fun hoops and hang them in a fun arrangement on the wall.

Christmas in July Embroidery Hoop Card Holder

I think I will make two more hoops and put a Christmas tree shape on one, and perhaps some Christmas holly on another. The buttons are such a fun and cute way to add the colorful shapes to the fabric. Do you do any Christmas in July crafts?  If Christmas in July isn’t your thing, this fun card holder can be customized to any time of the year! Create a fun button flower shape and hang it on the wall year round to hold other special occasion cards you might receive, or even just to hold your mail!

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A Mermaid Tale Sequin Chalkboard For Summer Kid Fun!

You don’t have to know how to sew to use sequins! Besides using them on cards, and in fun little shaker packs, you can glue sequins to just about anything for a fun shimmer and shine! I glued some gorgeous turquoise blue sequins from the new 28 Lilac Lane “Mermaid Tale” Premium Sequin Tin to a wood surface for a fun Mermaid Tale Sequin chalkboard. This craft is simple enough for a child to participate in as well!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Mermaid Tale sequin chalkboard:

Mermaid Tale Sequin Chalkboard Materials

Step one:

Paint the wood bracket shape with the acrylic craft paint.  (This is a perfect step for little hands to help with!) I painted the front and back of my shape. Let the paint dry completely.

Paint

Step two:

Paint the inside of the bracket-shaped board with black chalkboard paint following the instructions on your specific bottle. My chalkboard paint instructed to use two coats of paint and allow a relatively long cure time.

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Step three:

Glue the blue sequins from the 28 Lilac Lane “Mermaid Tale” Premium Sequin Tin around the outside edge of your bracket shaped board. I used three different size sequins from the tin all the way around the edge of the board. My kids had a lot of fun helping with this step! I had one helper finding the perfect sequins from the tin, and the other helper situating them just right on the glue I was spreading. In less than 30 minutes, we had the perfect Mermaid Tale border around our chalkboard!

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Step four: 

When your glue has dried completely, add a ribbon to hang your chalkboard.  I cut a length of ribbon about 12 inches long.  Add a dot of glue to the top of each side of the board, and add the ribbon.  I glued a blue button to each end of the ribbon and added one more sequin inside each button (at the direction of my little helpers).

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My daughter took the fun little chalkboard to hang in her room so she can write and draw her mermaid-y messages on it.

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Using different sequin tins from the new 28 Lilac Lane Premium Collection could result in completely different little chalkboards. I want to make a house shaped Halloween themed one next, using the Haunted House Sequin Tin!

LL322 Haunted House sequin tin

What shape and sequins would you use?

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Straight from Heaven Baby Nursery Wall Decor [Free Template]

Hello! Kelli here. I am excited to share this sweet button nursery decor with you today! A dear family member is having her first baby soon – a girl! My family member is a Disney fanatic, and so I thought this sweet little project would be just right up her alley for nursery decor.

I wanted to create a button silhouette, but sometimes it can be difficult to get those round buttons to fit into a certain shape.  I solved the problem and saved some time by using a cut out to go over the buttons, giving it nice crisp lines.

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Supplies needed:

Step one:

Start by printing out the design templates. I used three sheets of 12×12 cardstock. The heavier the cardstock is the easier this project will be. The first sheet you print should be the quote with the stork outline. The second sheet will be the bag cutout, and the third sheet will be blank.

You can download the PDF templates here:

Step two:

Cut out the stork outline. Use a sharp knife or the point of your scissors to poke a hole in the center of the stork, and then cut it out. Alternatively, if you have a Cricut or a Silhouette cutting machine, you can upload the template into the machine’s software and use the machine to draw the lettering and cut out the stork for you, which is what I did.

Step three: 

Lay the sheet with the cut out stork on top of the blank sheet of cardstock. Use it as a template to trace the outline of the stork onto the blank sheet.

The outline will give you an idea of where the buttons need to be placed.

Glue pink buttons to the blank sheet of cardstock, filling in the stork outline. You don’t need to worry about going outside the lines with the buttons.

Step Four:

Cut out and color the stork’s bag. I ran it through my manual die cut machine with an embossing folder to give it a little bit of extra depth. Alternatively, you could use a patterned paper to print the bag template on for an extra something. Glue the stork bag onto the cardstock sheet with the cutout stork silhouette,  making sure to line up the knot on the bag with the stork’s beak. Glue an adorable clothes pin button to the bag. (Cut off the shank first with scissors or a shank remover.)

Step five:

Layer the pages into your picture frame.  First, the stork cutout sheet goes in face down.

Lay the cardstock sheet with the glued buttons on face down on top of the first sheet, and line them up.  Replace the frame back and you’re done!

Now your buttons have a perfect silhouette line without any fuss, and you have some adorable nursery wall art for a sweet new baby.  Change the pink buttons to blue ones for a boy (or yellow if you don’t know the baby’s gender), and it works for both!

 

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Decorate Your Walls with a Button Globe Mosiac

Hi! I’m Kelli, from the Craft Shack Chronicles blog and I’m so excited to be joining the Buttons Galore Design team! For my first project, I wanted to make a piece of home decor. I’m working on a gallery wall above my piano and I am having fun adding in lots of different colors and textures. You can easily add interesting depth and texture to your home decor pieces by using buttons and sequins to add color instead of paint. I used two 28 Lilac Lane kits to make this fun Button Globe Mosaic.

Supplies needed for Button Globe Mosiac:

Step one:

Draw the design outline onto the wood globe surface. You can trace it, transfer it, or freehand it. Draw the design onto the globe using a pencil. You won’t be able to see it when it’s covered in buttons and sequins so it doesn’t need to be perfect.

 

Step two:

Use green sequins from both Lilac Lane kits to fill in the land shapes. Add a little bit of glue and spread it out. Drop the sequins onto the glue one at a time. I find it easy to use a toothpick to arrange the sequins in the glue but you could use whatever you have on hand.

The glue will dry clear, so you don’t need to worry if you get a little messy.

 

Step three:

Fill the in the oceans with blue buttons. Try to mix large and small buttons into the mix to add interesting variations in the texture. The smaller buttons fit nicely in some of the small curves around the land, while the bigger buttons were easier to use further out in the ocean.

Cover the entire globe with buttons and fill in any gaps with seed beads, or blue sequins from the Lilac Lane Kits.

 

Step four:

Use wood stain to finish the remaining wood part or fill it in with buttons that complement your home decor colors. Finally, use the beautiful rope trim from the Let’s Go kit to attach the camera embellishment from the same kit to the top of the globe. A big white button from the Tea Time kit was the perfect size to put on the globe base.

I’m thinking about adding a little red button heart in the general area where we live on the globe. Would you add it, or leave it as it is? I can’t decide! I’m so excited to hang my new Button Globe Mosaic on my gallery wall soon!

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