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Patriotic Pail for USA Fun

Here is a festive, fun and simple to make PATRIOTIC PICNIC PAIL, great for holding snacks, silverware, candles, etc. and totally useable for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans’ Day too!


I gathered the products and materials I would need first.  You can get my patriotic mix of buttons from Buttons Galore and save yourself from having to buy all of the colors individually.


I painted the tin pail with blue paint, applying three coats to get it bright and covered completely.  Then I added polka dots with white, applying two coats.  To complete the painting, I added polka dots inside the white ones with red, again applying two coats.  I also painted inside of the bucket.


When the paint was totally dry, I used decopauge to add a few “I Love the USA” additions.  I printed them out on the computer and cut them first.  My favorite choice here is Matte Collage Pauge from I Love to Create.

Collage Pauge

To decorate the handle, I added buttons from my Patriotic Mix from Buttons Galore by threading them onto red wire and twisting in onto the handle as I went from one end to the other.  I added a few ribbons tied in knots.

Button Handle

Then I added my favorite red, white and blue packaged snack to complete the project and turn it into a great hostess gift!

Happy Celebrating the USA and Creating with BUTTONS,




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


  • 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!



Quick and Easy Patriotic T-Shirt Makeover with BUTTONS

It is that time of year, the red…white…and blue time that is!  Here is a quick and easy way to up-cycle an old t-shirt into a festive masterpiece fit for the grandest of parades.  It is shown in patriotic style but could be done in any color theme for any occasion.


You only need a few things…buttons (Laura Kelly’s patriotic mix is best), embroidery floss (Coats and Clark is my favorite), HOT glue (Ad-tech of course)  and ribbon.


Make the ribbon flowers with button centers using your HOT glue.  It works best to do the ribbon part first and then add the buttons at the end.  Then sew them and additional buttons around the neck of the shirt.  If you want to go button crazy, you can sew red, white and blue buttons all of the shirt to look like polka dots.

If you like the shirt and you want an additional patriotic button craft idea to upcycle these denim shorts, visit Laura on her blog for directions.

If you want to win this prize, (buttons in an awesome Viewtainer, Beacon Zip Dry, and a Laura Kelly notepad with a Sharpie,  go like Laura on her Facebook page or post a comment on this blog and you will be entered!


Happy Creating using BUTTONS, imagination and LOVE.






Red, White and Blue Altered Canvas

Today’s crafty inspiration is this red, white and blue altered canvas featuring fabric from Laura Kelly Designs and of course buttons! It’s an easy to create project for your home or for a gift.

All of the July 4th celebrations are fast approaching. So that means get out your Red, White and Blue, and get crafting. 


I started with and 8×8 canvas that I covered in cardstock and patterned paper. Tip: Make sure you use a strong adhesive that you trust for altered projects to ensure your paper will stay attached to your canvas.

Other Products Used:


Make sure to cover the sides of your altered canvas as well. I like to cover all surfaces that can be seen with patterned paper, ribbon or fabric.






An altered canvas makes a great gift or display for your own home. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope your 4th of July celebration is full of red, white and blue craftiness. A celebration to remember!


Snap Happy

It’s Red, White & Blue season, the perfect colors for this Snap Happy Card. Will you be taking lots of pictures on the 4th?

Every week we share fresh card making ideas using buttons. This week we’re using my absolute favorite Heart Novelty Buttons. I made a card with a gift card inside that’s good for some prints at one of our local stores. What family doesn’t print a ton of pictures?

Snap Happy

Supplies for creating Snap Happy Card

Buttons – two Heart Novelty Buttons – Buttons Galore and More

Stamps  – Gina K Designs

Cardstock – DiscountCardstock.com

Embellishments – Turquoise Rhinestones – Want2Scrap; Twine – Doodlebug Design; Stickers – SRM

Tools: Dies (Inverted Scalloped Circles, Star, Circles – Spellbinders Paper Arts; Labels – My Favorite Things) ; Embossing – Sizzix

Adhesive: Hot Glue – Adtech; Dimensional Foam Tape – 3M; Scor-Tape – Scor-Pal

Other: Ink – Tsukineko; Markers – Copic; Flashing Tape – available at most Home Improvement Stores


  1. Create a Neenah Solar White cardstock base 4.25 x 11″. Score and fold in half.
  2. Cut your mats: Neenah Solar White mat 4 x 5.25″ – Black Licorice mat 3.5 x 3.5″ – Currant Red mat 3.25 x 3.25″ – Emboss Currant Red mat.
  3. Adhere mats to card with Scor-Tape.
  4. Die cut pieces: inverted circle from Lunar Blue Cardstock, a Black Licorice circle, and slightly smaller Neenah Solar White circle and label shape.
  5. Stamp and color image on Neenah Solar White circle. Stamp sentiment on label shape and attach to card.
  6. Embellish with Turquoise Rhinestones. Tie black and white twine through one Heart Novelty Button and glue to stamped image.
  7. Layer round pieces with Dimensional Foam Tape.
  8. Adhere Flashing Tape to scrap paper and die cut and emboss star. Adhere to card with Dimensional Foam Tape
  9. Wrap aqua and white twine around card and secure with second Heart Novelty Button.
  10. Add sticker sentiment to bottom of card.

Thanks for stopping by today. To see more of my art, please visit me at My Card Party. I’ll see you on Thursday with some new Button Jewelry.

Until then, keep creating!


Seasonal Door Wreath – Red White and Blue

If you visit my house during the month of July this seasonal door wreath will welcome you at my front door. I decided to go big and bright this year using festive patriotic ribbon, painted stars, and red, white & blue buttons from Buttons Galore. I love the nostalgic look of the dimensional stars and the traditional Americana design.

Grapevine Star Wreath

Patriotic Wreath with Stars and Buttons

I’m a sucker for wreaths. It’s a rule in my house to have a seasonal wreath on my door at all times. Of course, if I made a new wreath for every season, I’d have a lot of them to store. My husband wouldn’t like this very much either. I have a little secret to share when it comes to my seasonal wreaths. I don’t make a new wreath – I just recycle this grapevine wreath into something new every season.

My secret is to use a heat gun to melt off the hot glued embellishments. It works great every time!

Supplies used to make seasonal door wreath:

painted paper mache star

Paint Paper Mache Stars with Plaid Craft Paints

Twine Paper Mache Star

Add a dab of hot glue onto each side of star and wrap twine around
Add festive button from Buttons Galore to center.

Hot glue painted stars onto a grapevine wreath

Hot glue painted stars onto a grapevine wreath


Add stacked buttons to the center of your patriotic bow.

I hope my idea of recycling the same wreath for the seasons inspires you to creative you own festive wreaths to welcome visitors at  your door. Seasonal door wreaths are a nice festive touch.


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Americana Decorations: Buttons and Stars Garland

Are you looking for Americana decorations for the 4th of July for your home?  This buttons and stars garland is the perfect solution.  A great way to combine the red, white, and blue for a patriotic display that your family and guests will love.

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Americana Decorations Supplies:

  • Styrofoam Sheet
  • Styrofoam Cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Laura Kelly fabric (available at JoAnns)
  • Ribbon
  • Assorted buttons
  • red, white, and blue embroidery thread from Coats and Clark
  • hot glue


button and stars garland for the fourth of july


Americana Decorations Instructions:

1)  Cut stars from your styrofoam sheet as shown above.  You could also substitute wood stars if you can find them.  I used a Styro Cutter to cut my foam.

2)  Cut fabric into squares leaving at least a couple of inches around your star.


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3)  Cut into the square to the points on your star.


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4)  Use Mod Podge to adhere the fabric to the star as shown below.  Trim away any excess fabric.

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5)  Cover the outer edge with ribbon and use Mod Podge once again to adhere it to your star.

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6)  Twist your red, white, and blue embroidery thread together to form one string.  Add your stars and buttons to the string using hot glue.  I assembled this garland right on my mantle.


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All that is left is to step back and enjoy your creation.  A wonderful addition to your 4th of July decor.  This buttons and stars garland will be the hit of your Americana decorations this year.

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