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Craft ideas using novelty buttons, clear buttons and buttons in every color of the rainbow for all holidays and occasions of the year. Many of these projects are very easy to customize for any season or holiday!

Decorate a Felt Christmas Tree Ornament with Buttons

Looking for an activity to entertain the kids this Christmas? Our felt Christmas tree ornament project is quick and easy, and perfect for kids of all ages! Better yet, it’s a great (and affordable) activity for doing with large groups for parties and class activities.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament with buttons

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Any felt will work for this project, but I chose to use the heavier Eco-Fi Plus because it stands up better to the weight of the buttons than thinner felts and hangs better as a result.

Constructing these tree ornaments are fast and simple. They are created from two simple shapes cut by hand from felt and/or burlap. Older children can draw and cut their own shapes, and the shapes can be pre-cut for younger children.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament assembly

Assembling the tree parts (and adhering the buttons) can be done with hot glue or with a clear drying white glue, depending on the age of the kids making the ornaments.  The hot glue will dry faster, if the ornaments need to be moved or hung quickly. Or, to make the project even more educational, practice some sewing skills and sew everything together!

The Merriest Button Bonanza

Choosing different buttons will make each kid’s felt Christmas tree ornament look unique! For a fun country Christmas look, I decorated my felt Christmas tree ornament with buttons from our new Button Bonanza called “The Merriest”.

To complete your ornament, it needs a hanger. I made a loop of twine and attached it to my ornament with hot glue. Ribbon or yarn could also be used.

This easy and fun felt Christmas tree ornament will provide fun for the whole family, and the kids will love creating their own personal design for it! These ornaments would also make beautiful custom gift tags (with the addition of an address label sticker on the back for writing on) for grandparents that can be saved and treasured for years to come.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament for kids of all ages - easy and fun! Great for family parties or class activity. | www.buttonsgaloreandmore.net

Are you going to button up your Christmas tree this year?

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Get Extra Life from your Stamps with Embellishments!

Stamps are a great investment because they are a tool that can be used over and over again. However, using them over and over again can quickly get boring…so how do you spice things up and put the fun back in your stamps again? 28 Lilac Lane has the answer!

Snowflake Happy Holidays Card

Supplies Needed:

  • 28 Lilac Lane Cotton Candy Embellishment Bottle
  • PPA Matte Adhesive
  • My Mind’s Eye “Sugar Plum” 6″ x 6″ paper pad
  • White cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Iced Spruce, Victorian Velvet, and Embossing
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Stamper’s Anonymous by Tim Holtz “Simple Sayings” stamps
  • Stamper’s Anonymous by Tim Holtz “Christmas Blueprint” stamps

One of my favorite ways to make my old stamps look new again is to embellish them! And with the 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles, I have the choice of seed beads, sequins, flat back pearls, and buttons to embellish my stamps.

Cotton Candy Embellishment Bottle

I chose the Cotton Candy bottle because it matched my paper pad. [The 28 Lilac Lane “Cotton Candy” embellishment bottle is available at the our online store, Scrapbook.com, A Cherry On Top, Ellen Hutson, Simon Says Stamp, Create for Less, and others, or check your local retailer].

To create this card, I first made a card base by folding a half sheet of letter sized cardstock. Then I cut a 3.75″ by 5″ piece of the blue plaid paper, and inked the edges in Iced Spruce before adhering it in the center of the card front.

Next I used embossing ink to stamp the snowflake design on the top of the card front, and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Once the heat embossing was cool, I selected embellishments from the Cotton Candy bottle and adhered them with small dots of clear drying white glue.

Embellishments on stamped image

The sentiment on the bottom of the card front was created by first stamping the label outline in Victorian Velvet on the pale turquoise patterned paper. Then I cut out the label using scissors, close to the edge of the stamped label. I stamped the sentiment in Iced Spruce, and adhered the label to the card front.

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What stamps do have that could be given new life with embellishments?

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It’s a 28 Lilac Lane Christmas Project Round-Up!

What’s sparkly, shiny, and shimmery all over? It’s a 28 Lilac Lane Christmas, of course! Here’s a round-up to all the projects that you need to make your Christmas a 28 Lilac Lane Christmas!

No 28 Lilac Lane Christmas would be complete without a tree! This little wooden Christmas tree bought from a craft store got a touch of alteration – including some 28 Lilac Lane button bling – from designer May Flaum to make it extra special.

Altered Christmas Tree

But why stop at a tree? Deck the halls with buttoned up banners that are fun and easy to make!

Holiday Banners

The gifts that go under the tree need their own sparkle too, and with 28 Lilac Lane, your gifts will look festive and gorgeous! A clean and simple understated look to your gift box is easy when you top it with charms and buttons:

Blue Christmas Gift Box

Or go for a more luxurious look, with a button and jewel encrusted top like this one by 28 Lilac Lane designer May Flaum that is rich and feminine! This is one gift box that won’t be going in the trash after the gift is opened!

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Since not everyone can get our Christmas wishes in person, how about some Christmas cards?

Pink 28 lilac lane Christmas Card

Heart 28 Lilac Lane Christmas Card

To see a video on how to make these two beautiful cards, and get information on a free card making class at Scrapbook.com that uses 28 Lilac Lane, visit May Flaum’s blog!

Or, if bright retro is more your style…try our funky paper pieced trees card:

Retro Merry Christmas Card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

A button border makes any project a little more special. The 28 Lilac Lane one on this Happy Howl-idays card is spiced up with pearls and sequins for some extra bling!

Dog 28 Lilac Lane Christmas Card

Have you made a 28 Lilac Lane Christmas project? Please share a link in the comments! We’d love to see it!

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Button Up an Ugly Christmas Sweater Card!

Nothing’s more fun at Christmas than an ugly Christmas sweater. So why not send one to a friend in the form of an ugly Christmas sweater card for the holidays?

Ugly Christmas Sweater Card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

Supplies Needed:

  • Buttons Galore “The Merriest” Button Bonanza
  • PPA Matte Adhesive
  • White cardstock
  • Pinkfresh “Oh Joy” Stamp Set
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Twisted Citron
  • Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear Super Fine Detail, Gold, & Red Tinsel
  • Black pen
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Candied Apple (optional)

This card’s technique is simple – just creating two strips of paper by stamping the sweater knit stamp over and over, alternating the color and embossing it. The Twisted Citron ink is embossed with clear embossing powder, and the red is clear embossing ink that is heat embossed with Red Tinsel powder. The strips need to alternate to create the effect on the front of the card.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Card construction

Doing all that stamping and embossing while changing colors takes a bit of time, but the result is a great effect!

Once strips are made, they can be adhered to a card base. Start by attaching the one on the right side of the front. Position it, glue it down, and then trim off any excess. The front is layered, with the left side overlapping the right panel, so there’s no need to worry about how wide the panel is on the card front.

To emphasize the layered effect and create bulk in it as if it really is a sweater placket, adhere two inch wide strips of paper underneath the right edge of the left panel before attaching it to the card front. This will slightly raise the area under the buttons up, creating depth and shadow that look like a true sweater! For a little extra shadow, run a dark red pen or inkpad along the paper edge where the pieces overlap as well.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Card by Nancy Nally for Buttons Galore

Now that your sweater has a placket, it needs buttons to fasten it! “The Merriest” Button Bonanza has red and green shades that match the card base. Adding in the the pink and blue shades that are also in the assortment looks a bit random on top of all of that red and green, and is the perfect way to “ugly” up your ugly Christmas sweater card. Glue your buttons down with a clear drying adhesive like PPA Matte Adhesive.

The finishing touch is the “patch” that has the sentiment on it. Just stamp and emboss the sentiment, and then draw stitching lines around it with a pen. Adhere it at a jaunty angle to your sweater’s “front” and you are done!

Who do you know that needs an ugly Christmas sweater card? Send them one today!

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Pretty Pastel Christmas Tree Card with Buttons & Stamps!

Christmas isn’t just green and red anymore…pink and blue are also becoming more part of the palette. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a beautiful pastel Christmas tree card with our versatile new “Coral Reef” Button Bonanza bag!

Pretty Pastel Christmas Tree Card

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This card uses our new “Coral Reef” Button Bonanza to create a fun pastel blue and pink Christmas look that is super trendy and oh-so-pretty! The shades of pale blue, soft rose pink, and white are perfect for a retro pastel Christmas tree card look.

Coral Reef Button Bonanza by Buttons Galore

Making this card is fast and easy, but with the gorgeous patterned papers and the pearly button accents, it looks anything but plain!

To begin your card, cut the pink background for your card base to 4.25″ by 5.5″. Then cut the garland paper to 4″ by 5.25″, and adhere it on top of the pink base. Next, get out a blank card base and adhere the layered background to the front of it.

Stamp the Christmas tree in brown ink on blue text pattern paper, and then add the star in gold at the top. Trim closely to the tree in a rectangle shape. Adhere the tree block on top of the pink striped paper, and trim it to leave a small border around the edges of the tree.

Pastel Button Christmas tree Close-up

Select buttons from the Coral Reef collection, and use PPA Matte Adhesive (or other clear glue) to adhere them to the tree. Once the glue is dry, attach the tree block to the card base, angled in the upper left corner.

Stamp sentiment on green patterned paper, and trim to size. Adhere in lower right corner.
Pretty Pastel Christmas Tree Card

This pastel Christmas tree card design could be used to create seasonal trees all year round – pretty spring blossom colors mixed with bright green, fall colors, or all white for a snow covered winter tree! What season’s tree will you button up?

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Video | DIY Rose Christmas Ornament with 28 Lilac Lane

Pink is hot, hot, hot for Christmas this year! Today we’re sharing a beautiful rose Christmas ornament by 28 Lilac Lane designer May Flaum that will add a brilliant touch of pink and gold to your Christmas tree.

DIY Rose Christmas Ornament by May Flaum using 28 Lilac Lane shaker mixes.

May’s rose Christmas ornament is created with one of her six brand new 28 Lilac Lane shaker mixes that have just been released. This pink and gold shaker mix is called – you guessed it! – Rose Garden. This gorgeous mix will take you from a retro pastel Christmas, into Valentine’s Day, or use it to create beautiful girly embellishments year-round!

And now, May herself will show you how it is done!

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DIY Rose Christmas Ornament by May Flaum:

With the holidays fast approaching I am always looking for hand crafted gift ideas and special homemade touches. These new shaker mixes are great for so many projects including homemade ornaments. In this video tutorial I will walk you through creating a lovely rose garden ornament perfect for my aunt who loves pink & gold at the holidays.

Here’s a closer look at my finished DIY rose Christmas ornament project!

DIY Rose Christmas Ornament by May Flaum using 28 Lilac Lane - make Christmas pink!

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Don’t miss the chance on our Black Friday Sale to get May’s 28 Lilac Lane embellishment bottles for 15% off! Use code EMB15 through Friday, November 25th to save on all your favorite bottles from the collection. Don’t miss out on the new ones like Savannah Stroll, Winter Wonderland, and Coral Reef!

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DIY Holiday Gift Ideas with Buttons

Nothing says you care at the holidays like a handmade gift! These DIY Holiday Gift Ideas with buttons will help you create a gift that matches everyone on your list.

diy holiday gifts

Mixed Media Locket

DIY Holiday Gift Jewelry close-up

With a few jewelry findings and one of our 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits, you can make a one-of-a-kind locket for a special woman (or girl) in your life. Make it sweet, or make it dramatic…you decide and choose the embellishments!

Button Collage Frame

Button Frame with Glam Girl Buttons by Buttons Galore

A button collage frame is so easy to make the kids can do it…but with the right color choices, it can be perfect for any decor from farmhouse to graphic. This one, made with our Glam Girl Button Bonanza, will fit in a tween room or a country decor. An all white version (like the tray below) could go shabby chic, or try shades of pink for a cute girl’s room accessory!

Button Tray

Button Tray close-up

A simple wood tray becomes a beautiful accessory for decor or entertaining with a button collage and some resin.  For a shabby chic look, choose the Ivory/Pearl Haberdashery buttons, or for a more rustic or beachy feel for poolside entertaining, try the Natural Haberdashery.

Button Charm Bracelet

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How about a little button bling? Pair some of our Gold/Silver Haberdashery buttons with a chain link bracelet and you’ve got a retro Button Charm Bracelet. It’s a great piece to accessorize all of those trendy 70’s looks with!

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Looking for something pretty and practical too? This mason jar sewing kit will make it easy and fun for your college student or newlywed to replace that missing button. And it is decorative while it is waiting to be used!

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