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Celebrate Fall with a Festive Holiday Frame!

Welcome to our new Holiday Frame series! This is the first in a series where I will be creating interchangeable inserts for a photo frame to provide year round seasonal decoration for any room in your home!

This 8″ x 10″ frame can stay out all year round, and the interchangeable inserts can be easily filed away when the seasons change until it is time to use them again.

Our first design, with the word “Autumn” and pumpkins, can take you through the fall season and both the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays.

Autumn Frame

Supplies:

  • Burlap Sheet
  • Cotton Quilt Fabric (green and orange)
  • Heat-n-Bond Ultra
  • Glitter Iron-on
  • Cricut Explore machine
  • Chipboard Sheet
  • Button Bonanza in Natural
  • Kraft thread or twine
  • 8″ x 10″ frame

Instructions:

  1. Trim burlap sheet to 8″ x 10″ size to fit frame.
  2. Adhere Heat-n-Bond Ultra to reverse side of fabric by ironing. Cut out pumpkins with Cricut Explore machine.
  3. Cut strip of green fabric for the bottom of frame. Snip ends of it to look like grass.
  4. Autumn Frame close upCut the word “Autumn” from glitter iron-on material.
  5. Iron all of the cut pieces onto the background.
  6. Stitch buttons onto the pumpkins.
  7. Remove glass from photo frame. Insert the completed burlap sheet, backed with a sheet of chipboard to replace the thickness of the glass.
  8. Display and enjoy!

The buttons provide dimension to the design, as well as providing some brown that ties the design to the frame.

Come back in mid-November for the next installment in the series – for Christmas!

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Have a Happy Fall with a Button Card!

Even thought it’s still hitting temperatures close to 90 degrees at blog central here in Florida, Labor Day passing means fall will rapidly be settling in at Buttons Galore headquarters in New Jersey. And fall means a chance to pull out some colors and designs that many of us haven’t used all summer!

How about the Buttons Basics in Caramel and Outlandish Orange?

Caramel and Outlandish Orange by Buttons Galore

Add a nice holdover from summer – some deep pink from the “Summertime” Button Bonanza – and you’ve got a great mix of fall leaf colors!

Fall leaf button mix

Fall brings many occasions that call for dashing off a quick note to someone. Let’s make them pretty – and festive!

Happy Fall card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

Look for Outlandish Orange, Caramel, and the Summertime mix at AC Moore!

Supplies:

  • Pink & Main stamps: Directional Borders, Tab Alpha
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade & Worn Lipstick
  • 8.5″ x 11″ Cream Colored Smooth Cardstock
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Adhesive dots
  • Buttons Galore Button Basics in Caramel & Outlandish Orange
  • Buttons Galore Button Bonanza in Summertime

Instructions:

1. Cut paper in half longwise and fold to make a card base.

2. Starting near the fold, use the stamp set to stamp the arrow border once from each side, leaving a gap in the middle to place a button. Work your way down the card, changing colors as you get closer to the bottom.

3. Use the alphabet stamps to create the phrase “Happy Fall,” aligned with the right edge.

4. Thread buttons and tie them using embroidery floss and needle.

5.  Attach buttons in border gaps with adhesive dots.

This versatile button card design could work for any season or holiday, simply by changing up the color scheme and the sentiment that is stamped. Try the bright primary colors in our Primary Button Bonanza (also available at AC Moore) for a birthday card, or red, white, and blue for a patriotic theme!

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Make a Headband with Buttons & Ribbon

So, what can you do with some button basics and a pretty piece of ribbon?

buttons and ribbonAdd a plain satin headband to the mix and you can make a headband that is fabulously perfect just for the young style diva in your life!

Button Headband headshot

Making this headband is easy! Here’s what you need:

  • Satin Headband
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Buttons Galore Button Basics in Blush (available at AC Moore)
  • Embroidery Floss & Needle
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

Headband close-upInstructions:

1. Glue ribbon to satin headband, turning under raw ends to finish them before gluing. If your ribbon is very thin or sheer, attach using dots of glue in locations that will have buttons over them, so the glue won’t show.

2. Thread buttons with floss and tie off to finish them.

3. Hot glue buttons to headband on top of ribbon.

That’s all it takes to get a beautiful custom accessory!

headband display

This headband is easy to make for any occasion or season – just switch up the color scheme and you have an instant accessory for Christmas, Halloween, or even school spirit! What occasion will you make a headband for?

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Quick & Easy Button Pillow Box

It’s easy to whip up a pillow box on my die cut machine to hold a small gift, but keeping it closed is not so easy. Adhesive will do the job – permanently, leaving the box difficult to open and not reusable. But a little bit of ribbon and a few buttons will provide a solution: a pretty string tie! This box is perfectly sized for presenting a gift card, a difficult item to wrap creatively.

Button Pillow Box

To make this box you need:

  • Buttons Galore Bubblegum Button Bonanza (also available at AC Moore)
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Small doily
  • Cricut Explore machine & digital cutting file
  • 7/8″ wide gold ribbon
  • Needle & Thread
  • Jute Twine
  • Double-sided adhesive tape

Instructions:

1. Cut out and assemble your pillow box. Adhere doily on top of box.

2. Cut ribbon slightly longer than needed to wrap around long dimension of pillow box. Turn under ends.

Gift Package Supplies3. Sew buttons loosely onto ends of ribbon.

4. Tie piece of jute string around the thread holding one of the buttons, between the button and the ribbon.

5. Wrap the ribbon around the pillow. Fasten the ribbon band by wrapping the string in a figure 8 around both buttons (similar to fastening a string clasp envelope).

Pillow Box with Button BandThis gift wrap could be great for any holiday or occasion. Changing the colors of the ribbon band and buttons could make it seasonal for any holiday, or match the decor of any event (such as a wedding).

What gift do you plan to tie up with a button-fastened ribbon band?

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Send Some Halloween Love with Buttons

Even though summer is in full swing, Halloween is sneaking up on us (boo!). Today’s project will show you how to use some Halloween products without having to wait for Halloween – and how to kick it up a notch with buttons!

Halloween love card

You won’t have to wait until Halloween to give someone this card! With it’s message of love, it can be delivered anytime during the Halloween season.

The buttons are a critical element in this design. They add a pop of color that breaks up the dark purple, but more importantly they add dimension to a design that would otherwise be entirely flat.

Supplies:

  • Patterned Paper (all patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “Rare Oddities” collection – 6×6 & 8×8 pads)
  • Cricut Explore machine & Cutting Files
  • Inkpads in black, purple, green and brown
  • Adhesive dots
  • Black thread & needle
  • cream cardstock
  • Buttons Galore “Vacation” button pack

1. Cut a 3.5″ by 8″ piece of background paper for the card base. Ink edges. (While this is a non-standard card size, it will fill in a standard business sized envelope.)

2. Use die cut machine to cut out vine and flowers. Ink edges of all pieces.

3. Cut sentiment block from patterned paper. Ink edges and mat on patterned paper.

4. Adhere all pieces to background.

button flower centers

5. Sew thread through buttons and tie off. Adhere buttons on the center of the flowers.

6. Cut an 8″ x 7″ piece of cream cardstock to use as cardbase and fold. Adhere card front to base.

Who would you like to send a bewitching message of Halloween love to this season?

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An Easy All Occasion Gift Bag with Washi & Buttons!

Pre-designed gift bags can easily run $5 or more, and it’s not always convenient to run out and buy one at the last minute. What to do? Craft up a solution, of course. Keeping a stash of blank bags in your craft supplies means that with a few minutes of creativity, you always have the perfect gift bag on hand!

all occasion gift bag

To make this gift bag, all you need is:

  • a blank gift bag
  • assorted washi tape rolls
  • Vacation button assortment (HB107)
  • embroidery floss & needle
  • 7/8″ sheer ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • die cut machine
  • white vinyl & transfer tape

Making this bag is super easy:

1. Start by tearing off some strips of washi tape and attaching them to the bag as stripes, varying the colors.

2. Using embroidery floss, sew thread through buttons and tie it off.

3. Attach the buttons to the top few rows of washi tape in random positions, using a hot glue gun.

washi tape and buttons4. Using a die cut machine, cut out the words “for you” from vinyl. Use transfer tape to attach it over the bottom layers of washi tape. (I used the Cricut Explore machine for this project.)

vinyl sentiment on gift bag

5. Tie a bow from sheer ribbon around one side of the handle.

And there you have it…five steps to a fabulous all-occasion gift bag! While my bag is a generic theme, this bag design could be customized for any holiday by selecting washi tape and buttons that are themed and colored appropriately (such as red and green for Christmas).

What occasions do you use gift bags for?

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Upcycled Tin Can Storage Containers

Lisa Fulmer visited us this week to share a project! We hope your enjoy her immensely creative interpretation of storage using the Farmhouse Button Bonanza! 

With the right type of can opener that leaves no sharp edges, you can turn any tin can into an adorable storage container!

upcycled tin cans lisa fulmer

I used the Buttons Galore Farmhouse Button Bonanza in creams, blues and greens, along with some adorable scrapbook papers, to embellish these tin cans that used to hold mandarin oranges. A trio of these little tin can storage containers would be perfect for your desk or craft table.

Supplies:

upcycled tin can suppliesDirections:

  1. Trim a long strip of scrapbook paper to fit the height and circumference of the can. Wrap it around the can and secure with glue.
  2. Cut a circle from the paper to fit inside the top of the can lid and glue in place. Punch a small hole through the center of the lid with a hammer and nail (place on top of a piece of cork or wood).
  3. Glue a narrow contrasting strip of paper around the center of the can, if desired.
  4. Glue an assortment of buttons around the can. Try nesting smaller buttons on to larger buttons for color contrast.wiring button knobs
  5. To make a knob for the lid, thread a folded length of wire down through one large button and two small buttons and twist the wire to secure. Poke the wires down through the hole in the lid and spread each wire to one side, flat against the underside of the lid. Secure with a small piece of duct tape.
  6. Lining the inside of the can or lid with more paper is optional. Keep your storage containers in a dry area to prevent rusting over time.

upcycled tin can storage lisa fulmerWhat would you like to store in these containers? They’d be perfect for storing buttons!

Lisa Fulmer is an artist, crafter, teacher, writer, on-air talent, as well as a marketing consultant. She’s also the author of two books – Craft Your Stash and Stylish Craft Foam Projects – and has worked with brands such as Spellbinders Paper Arts, Ranger Ink, DecoArt, SmoothFoam and Plaid. She’s currently a columnist and blogger for Bella Arts Quarterly magazine. To learn more about her work, visit her website

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