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Christmas Craft with Styrofoam Brand Authentique

Vintage Style  Christmas Craft Decoration with Styrofoam cubes, Authentique papers, Red and Green Button Galore Buttons.

Christmas Craft Bristle Brush Tree

Today I bring you a Christmas Craft for your home.  The Vintage Christmas Cube has an old world Christmas feel.

I love digging through my Buttons Galore buttons. I selected several from the Color Bulk buttons. This is a tree I purchased at a hobby shop (for train landscape). I simply adhered tiny buttons with Mini Glue Dots.

Close Up

This is the full project.

I used a styrofoam cube from the Styrofoam Corporation. It’s about 3×3. I cut some papers (Authentique) 2 3/4″ square and applied them with Buttons Galore’s Beacon 3-in-1 glue. I’ve decorated some chipboard letters (Want2Scrap) with some sharpies that I received in my DT box. I then coated those with a layer of adhesive and some glitter from Donna Salazar. I finished the project off with a little bling (also Want2Scrap) and a Christmas tree that is decorated with what else … BUTTONS, using some mini dots, also from Buttons Galore. There are also some buttons held in place with a fancy pin (Maya Road).

 Supplies for  Vintage Style Christmas Craft :

  • styrofoam cube – Styrofoam Corporation

  • buttons – Color Bulk buttons

  • paper – Authentique

  • bling, chipboard – Want2Scrap

  • adhesive – Beacon’s, Glitter It, Mini Dots – all from Buttons Galore

  • glitter – Clearsnap

  • flowers – prima

  • stick pin – Maya Road

    I hope you enjoyed this Vintage Style Christmas Craft.
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Needlefelted Winter Scene

It’s Christmas in July with Buttons Galore & More and STYROFOAM Brand Foam!  I used my buttons and STYROFOAM Disc to create a holiday needle felting project.   Styrofoam is a wonderful base for needle felting, since the wool roving can be felted directly onto the surface, and if the piece is thick enough, no pad is needed.  I used a non-traditional color scheme of light blue, raspberry, and lime.  This color scheme can go up before Christmas and last through January.

Styrofoam and Button needlefelted scene

Supplies:

Buttons:  Sea Glass, Clear, Wood
Styrofoam Disc, 6×1”
wool roving, light blue
Clover needle felting tool
ric-rac, lime green
cardstock, raspberry
hemp twine, raspberry and dark brown
ribbon, light blue
accent ink, Smooch (Clearsnap)
thread, white
scissors
Beacon Adhesive
heat tool, optional
Needlefelting on Styrofoam supplies

Instructions:

  1.  Needle felt wool roving onto STYROFOAM disc using needle felting tool until entire front is covered.  (Note:  fibers felt together with motion of felting tool.  Be sure to use straight up/down motion to keep needles from breaking.)
    Steps for Needlefelting on Styrofoam
  2. Cut lime ricrac into pieces, each smaller than the last.  Layer smaller pieces over longer, and glue together.
    Making a tree with ricracUse scissors to trim into desired tree shape.  Wrap raspberry twine around tree to create “garland”
  3. Thread wood button with dark brown twine.  Glue into place as trunk, and glue tree over top of button.   Thread clear button with white thread.  Draw star on button using Smooch, covering thread.  Allow to dry (or use heat tool), and glue to top of tree.
    Drawing on clear button with Smooch Ink
  4. Thread Sea Glass buttons with white thread and glue to roving around tree for “snow”.
  5. Cut cardstock strips to cover sides of STYROFOAM disc and glue into place.
  6. Carefully apply thin layer of glue to raspberry twine and attach between cardstock sides and felted front of disc to create finished look.
    Needlefelted Styrofoam with buttons
  7. Cut length of aqua ribbon and attach to back of disc to form hanging loop.

Try this holiday project with the tree, or create your own winter scene with Buttons Galore & More!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Make an Aqua & White Holiday Wreath

Christmas in July?  With much of the United States suffering through a massive heat wave, I think we could all use an escape to something cool!  When challenged by Styrofoam and Buttons Galore and More to create Christmas decorations, I’ll admit to struggling, but one look at the cool, aqua of the Mint Cooler Color Blends buttons, and all I could think about was ice.  The great thing about this wreath is that it can be used for Christmas or Hanukkah.  It could even just be used throughout the entire winter season.  I few snow men and you have a Winter Wonderland!

 

Supplies:

  • 5 1/2″ Styrofoam Wreath
  • Buttons: Buttons Galore and More, Color Blends: Mint Cooler
  • 1″ Circle Mirrors
  • Silver beads
  • Craft Glue
  • Aqua & White Ribbon: 1 1/4″ wide

Directions:

  1. Glue ribbon around outside and interior edges of Styrofoam wreath
  2. Glue buttons, mirrors, and silver beads onto front surface of wreath.  It’s best to do one layer and then go back in and a second layer of buttons, strategically placed around the mirrors, with some overlap.  This gives the wreath extra dimension.
  3. Using more ribbon, tie a bow with extra long tails.  Glue the bow onto the top of the wreath and arrange the ties so that cascade down either side of the wreath.  Tack them in place with a dot of glue.
  4. Stack a few buttons and then glue the stack over the knot of the bow.

So there’s your super quick, holiday project!  If you get started now, you’ll have your holiday decorating “buttoned” up before you know it!

Craftily yours,

Laura Bray

Winter Wonderland Wreath by Laura Bray

 

 

 

 

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Button up Christmas in July!

July is a great month to get a head start on those Christmas decorations and using BUTTONS in your creations is always FUN!  For this project I am using a Styrofoam Ball, Glitter, Kreinik Thread, Beacon Adhesives and beautiful BUTTONS!

Supplies:

  • Buttons Galore and More Buttons: Fancy Gold Grab Bag GB102
  • 6″ Styrofoam Ball
  • Gold Thread by Kreinik
  • Fast Finish Decoupage byBeacon Adhesives
  • Quick Grip Adhesive by Beacon Adhesives
  • Red Ultra Fine Glitter by Clearsnap
  • Skewer
  • Scissor

Instructions:

Apply Fast Finish Decoupage to entire Styrofoam Ball

Place Styrofoam ball onto skewer.  Sprinkle Glitter to cover; let dry.  Apply second coat of Fast Finish Decoupage; let dry.

Choose thread of choice and buttons.

Wrap thread around ball making 8 sections, then around center to create 16 sections.  Glue white and gold buttons at the top and bottom of ball where all threads meet.  Glue gold buttons around center where threads meet; let dry.

You have a beautiful ornament for your tree or a gift….Enjoy!

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Opulent St. Nick Christmas Ornament

 

It has long been established that nobody likes a skinny Santa, so make him regal and utterly unforgettable with some festive button embellishing!

Suitable for framing – I’m so excited to share with you a super craftilicious project, beckoning for buttons and a place of importance in your seasonal decor!

Armed with  some of my favorite Buttons Galore & More products, and a smattering of extras, then this project is READY for fun…

In case you’ve never par taken in the mini canvas WRAP – {OMG!  So FUN!} Here’s a quick breakdown of how to do, exactly that:

1.) Prepare to wrap a mini canvas by facing the “opening” or backside of the canvas, to the blank, or backside, of desired decorative paper.

2.) Score fold lines around the edge of canvas and cut flaps, so that the ends can be glued onto the “traditional” front surface of the canvas.

3.) Glue flaps down so that paper fits snug and clean around the edges. (The desired printed side should be exposed)

4.) Using a ruler guide, make a small “x” opening across the solid paper, exposing the recession from the original back of canvas.

5.) Crease and work edges so that paper will wrap snugly.  Glue flaps to exposed wood and canvas.

6.) Using two sewing pins at opposing points, push from the inside of opening, so that the pin tip comes through at the two opposing corners.

7.) Cut 1.5′ length of embellishing wire and thread through, following the pin holes, from the inside of canvas “box”, out.  This will be the spine of the ornament.

8.) Cut a small square of coordinating paper to fit inside opening and glue.  Finish the inside lip of the box with decorative tape or paper.  Fill with snowflakes, etc.

9.) Cut a matching acrylic square to fit on top of the entire front of the ornament.  Using clear glue, adhere.  Use clamps, if desired, to make a secure seal.

Glue Santa image to the top of the acrylic and embellish edges with buttons, shanks removed, from Buttons Galore & More,  Gold and Silver Grab Bag.

Create a ribbon flower to embellish ornament:

1.) Cut a length of red and white gingham ribbon, sew the ends together to create a cuff.

2.) Sew a running stitch around one end of the cuff.  Tie off and cut excess.

3.) Tighten ribbon to create bloom.  Tie not and cut excess.

4.) Embellish with transparent button and bakers twine.

Enjoy! {But WAIT – there’s more!}

1.) Make a pretty angel “dangly” for ornament using two Start Up – Angels.

2.) Add color using alcohol ink and a blank alcohol ink pen, to add color directly to Start Up material. {No sanding required!}

3.) Sketch out angel robe in color of choosing.

4.) Add accent values, but allow ink to “do it’s thing”, making sure each color is dry before adding more ink.

5.) Change color by merely wiping pen onto scratch paper, until color doesn’t transfer, then change color.

6.) Build face, hair and suggestion of song book and wing definition.  If results don’t please you, simply wipe surface with alcohol blending solution and let dry.

7.) Don’t overwork – just let the angle appear!

8.) Repeat steps for second angel and sandwich over wire with glue and glue dots, so that painted angels will be visible from both sides of ornament.

Embellish wire with beads of your choosing.  Tie a festive ribbon from Buttons Galore & More Red and White Gingham Ribbon and thread through wire, so that it sits on top of the ornament.  Add more beads or desired accents to the top of the ornament.

When complete, add ornament to your tree or use in window display to let the big man you’ve been VERY good this year!

Happy Holidays!

 

Buttons Galore & More products used:

Gold and Silver Buttons – Grab bag

Red and White Gingham Ribbon – 1″

Start Ups – Angels

MU – Clear Round Celebration Buttons

Mini Glue Dots

3 in 1 Craft Glue

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Tiny Bright Button Ornaments for Your Tabletop Tree

Tiny, Bright Buttons Ornaments for Your Tabletop Tree

 

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love these small brightly colored ornaments! Kristin at Urban Paisley shows you how to create a colorful table top tree to chase away any overcast winter day doldrums in her Tiny Button Ornament post.

Do you think I could get away with keeping this one out until Spring?

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Santa and Mrs Claus Puppets

Santa and Mrs Claus Puppets

 

I know this is a little “patting myself on the back” but I thought I’d share a project I recently made and have posted on my blog at vickiodell.com.

There is a Mrs. Claus too and I’m thinking I might go back and add buttons to her dress.

You’ll find all the buttons you need for this project on our website at www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com.

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