Home Decor

Today we’re joined by designer Lorrie McCullers, who is sharing a back to school project that is both a countdown calendar and school picture frame! 

It’s back to school time! And what better way to keep track of time until the big day than with a countdown frame?

back to school frame I used three sets of buttons for this project: the School Value Pack, the Primary Grab Bag, and the Primary Tiny Round Buttons. I also used a pre-colored acrylic frame so there was no need to paint!

buttons galore buttons

Supplies needed:

Buttons Galore School Value Pack
Buttons Galore Primary Grab Bag
Buttons Galore Primary Tiny Round Buttons
Deflecto acrylic 5”x7” frame
Aleene’s Liquid Fusion glue
button shank remover
dry erase pen
computer and printer (optional)


  • Choose your larger buttons first. That way, you can fill in the empty spaces with smaller buttons.

  • Some of the buttons in the School Value Pack and the Primary Grab Bag have shanks on the back. To have your buttons lay flat to the frame, remove the shanks with a button shank remover.

  • Apply Aleene’s Liquid Fusion to the back of each button. Don’t apply too much or the glue will ooze out the sides of your buttons! Let dry for about 24 hours.

  • Print (or handwrite) a countdown for the first day of school, such as “____ days until school begins” or “School starts in ____ days!”

  • Keep track of the days with a dry erase marker. Acrylic frames are so great because you can just write on and wipe off!


After school starts, you can then use your project as a frame for that first day of school picture of your kiddo! Since the dry erase marker comes right off, you can use this frame year after year. This is a great project for kids to help with as well as a fun gift idea for a favorite teacher!

Lorrie McCullers is a paper crafts designer who blogs at Forty11 Designs. She is a Craft & Hobby Association Designer Member and currently designs for Etch All and Deflecto Crafts. To see more of her work, visit her blog


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.


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


This little garland is super festive and so easy to create.  The mini shamrock garland can be used to decorate in lots of fantastic ways and is perfect for a fifteen MINUTE Friday project.

Button Shamrock Garland

You will need scissors, green decorative paper, Candy Apple Green Buttons, Ribbon or Ric Rac and Aleene’s Always Ready Fast Grab Glue.

Creating Wreath Garland

  1. Cut your shamrocks out free hand so they are all a little different.  You can make a little pattern if that makes you more comfortable.
  2. Glue them from the backs to your ribbon using the Fast Grab and let dry.
  3. Flip over and add buttons with the Fast Grab.

Wreath with Garland

Ta Da!  It looks so fun on this wreath on the front door.

Wreath Front Door




How cute is this pillow that I made with my Laura Kelly buttons and a few things from i Love to Create?  I think is creates adorable decor for to celebrate the holiday of love.


I used Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion to adhere the rick-rack around the edges.  Then I used Tulip dimensional paint (red) to spell out love and add the buttons.  I LOVE that it works as a paint and as an adhesive too!


There are so many ways to create with buttons and products from i Love to Create.  Here are a bunch.

iLTC Valentines Mystery Box Collage Labeled

You can click around and check them all out.

You can also enter to win this awesome contest.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cheers and Happy Decorating,


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Fifteen minute Friday is all about creating projects that are quick, simple and fun.  This week’s project is using recycled jars (that tall one is from honey) and adding ribbon and buttons to create decor.

Winter Decor Jars

I simply tied the ribbons from Offray around the jars and bowed one while knotting the other.  I secured the ribbon and  added the buttons with Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion because it works great and dries so fast.


These two jars are a perfect addition to this amazing pillow that Laura Neiman created this week using these colors.  Find out more about that over on her awesome blog HERE.

Bird Pillow

The buttons are all from my collection with Buttons Galore.  The red buttons are Radiant Red and the blue in the bird is Robins Egg Blue.  You can buy them all on the website of course!

Buttons and Ribbon on Jars

Happy Creating!






Football Cork Board

by Laura Kelly on October 3, 2014

in Home Decor

I found this awesome football cork board project by Laura Neiman over on Housewife Hellraiser and decided to give it a try.  It totally worked and I love it.  Check out this speedy craft project that takes only minutes to create an awesome football gift for a fan.

Steelers Football Cork Sign

You will need cork board, wire, buttons (Black Beauty and Sunshine Yellow), Tulip Slick Paint, scissors and ribbon.

Craft Supplies Tulip Slicks

After you cut out a football shape from your cork board, paint on it and let it dry.  I used Tulip Slick Paints.  Then stick the wire through and bend it to stay before adding buttons and ribbon to decorate.  Stick it through again and twist to complete.

Buttons Galore Wire Ribbon Hanger

Happy Friday,





Okay, so this is really cute don’t you think?  It was wayyyyy easy to make and creates awesome decor initials with recycled cereal boxes.  Yipp, it’s Fifteen MINUTE Friday!

BGM Letter L Buttons 2

Cut your favorite letter out of the cereal box.

Fruit Loops L

Cover it in Aleene’s Max Tacky Glue.  This works best because it is thick so it won’t run and won’t get your cardboard soggy AND it is strong.  Cover the letter with buttons.  I used the Laura Kelly BRIGHTS collection.

Glueing Buttons

Add layers if you would like.  I added some Embellishment Buttons to make my L for Laura super fun.  I used the Retro Embellishment Set!

Glueing Buttons

Let it dry completely then find a great place to display it.

BGM Letter L Buttons 2

Happy Quick Crafting with Buttons,