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A Mermaid Tale Sequin Chalkboard For Summer Kid Fun!

You don’t have to know how to sew to use sequins! Besides using them on cards, and in fun little shaker packs, you can glue sequins to just about anything for a fun shimmer and shine! I glued some gorgeous turquoise blue sequins from the new 28 Lilac Lane “Mermaid Tale” Premium Sequin Tin to a wood surface for a fun Mermaid Tale Sequin chalkboard. This craft is simple enough for a child to participate in as well!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Mermaid Tale sequin chalkboard:

Mermaid Tale Sequin Chalkboard Materials

Step one:

Paint the wood bracket shape with the acrylic craft paint.  (This is a perfect step for little hands to help with!) I painted the front and back of my shape. Let the paint dry completely.

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Step two:

Paint the inside of the bracket-shaped board with black chalkboard paint following the instructions on your specific bottle. My chalkboard paint instructed to use two coats of paint and allow a relatively long cure time.

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Step three:

Glue the blue sequins from the 28 Lilac Lane “Mermaid Tale” Premium Sequin Tin around the outside edge of your bracket shaped board. I used three different size sequins from the tin all the way around the edge of the board. My kids had a lot of fun helping with this step! I had one helper finding the perfect sequins from the tin, and the other helper situating them just right on the glue I was spreading. In less than 30 minutes, we had the perfect Mermaid Tale border around our chalkboard!

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Step four: 

When your glue has dried completely, add a ribbon to hang your chalkboard.  I cut a length of ribbon about 12 inches long.  Add a dot of glue to the top of each side of the board, and add the ribbon.  I glued a blue button to each end of the ribbon and added one more sequin inside each button (at the direction of my little helpers).

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My daughter took the fun little chalkboard to hang in her room so she can write and draw her mermaid-y messages on it.

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Using different sequin tins from the new 28 Lilac Lane Premium Collection could result in completely different little chalkboards. I want to make a house shaped Halloween themed one next, using the Haunted House Sequin Tin!

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What shape and sequins would you use?

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How to Make a Rustic Vine Wreath with Buttons & Beads!

One of my favorite things to make are wreaths. There are so many ways to decorate them and endless opportunities to get creative. I put together this rustic vine wreath using the Victoria embellishment kit by 28 Lilac Lane.

rustic vine wreath with buttons and embellishments from 28 Lilac Lane by Anaya Whye

Supplies needed:

Start with the beading needle and invisible thread. Wrap the thread around the wreath and tie a knot to secure it. Stack beads and sequins onto the needle until you have about 1/2 inch or so on the needle. Wrap the thread around while keeping the majority of the beads and sequins in place on the front of the wreath.

Continue wrapping the thread around the rustic vine wreath until you get back to where you started. You’ll get the best results if you wrap the thread no more than about 1/2″ inch apart.

After adding the sequins and beads, I repeated the process with embroidery thread to add some little buttons.

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I cut a few pieces of felt to create leaves and attached them to the wreath with a glue gun, while leaving space for some buttons. Cut a length of wire long enough to wrap around the wreath. Stack 2-3 buttons and push wire through 2 holes in each of them. Wrap the wire around the wreath, twist, and cut  the ends.  Tuck the excess wire into the backside of the wreath so there are no sharp ends left sticking out.

After you have added as many buttons as you’d like, the last step is to tie a ribbon to hang your finished rustic vine wreath! I used a small 6 inch wreath for this project, but of course it can be done in a larger size. I find this to be a perfect size to decorate with inside the house. I often hang small wreaths around the house on the walls alongside my photos and even hang them in my work space at the office.

rustic vine wreath with buttons and embellishments from 28 Lilac Lane by Anaya Whye

Looking for a wreath project but prefer a different style? Check out all our button wreath projects!

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Straight from Heaven Baby Nursery Wall Decor [Free Template]

Hello! Kelli here. I am excited to share this sweet button nursery decor with you today! A dear family member is having her first baby soon – a girl! My family member is a Disney fanatic, and so I thought this sweet little project would be just right up her alley for nursery decor.

I wanted to create a button silhouette, but sometimes it can be difficult to get those round buttons to fit into a certain shape.  I solved the problem and saved some time by using a cut out to go over the buttons, giving it nice crisp lines.

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Supplies needed:

Step one:

Start by printing out the design templates. I used three sheets of 12×12 cardstock. The heavier the cardstock is the easier this project will be. The first sheet you print should be the quote with the stork outline. The second sheet will be the bag cutout, and the third sheet will be blank.

You can download the PDF templates here:

Step two:

Cut out the stork outline. Use a sharp knife or the point of your scissors to poke a hole in the center of the stork, and then cut it out. Alternatively, if you have a Cricut or a Silhouette cutting machine, you can upload the template into the machine’s software and use the machine to draw the lettering and cut out the stork for you, which is what I did.

Step three: 

Lay the sheet with the cut out stork on top of the blank sheet of cardstock. Use it as a template to trace the outline of the stork onto the blank sheet.

The outline will give you an idea of where the buttons need to be placed.

Glue pink buttons to the blank sheet of cardstock, filling in the stork outline. You don’t need to worry about going outside the lines with the buttons.

Step Four:

Cut out and color the stork’s bag. I ran it through my manual die cut machine with an embossing folder to give it a little bit of extra depth. Alternatively, you could use a patterned paper to print the bag template on for an extra something. Glue the stork bag onto the cardstock sheet with the cutout stork silhouette,  making sure to line up the knot on the bag with the stork’s beak. Glue an adorable clothes pin button to the bag. (Cut off the shank first with scissors or a shank remover.)

Step five:

Layer the pages into your picture frame.  First, the stork cutout sheet goes in face down.

Lay the cardstock sheet with the glued buttons on face down on top of the first sheet, and line them up.  Replace the frame back and you’re done!

Now your buttons have a perfect silhouette line without any fuss, and you have some adorable nursery wall art for a sweet new baby.  Change the pink buttons to blue ones for a boy (or yellow if you don’t know the baby’s gender), and it works for both!

 

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Decorate Your Walls with a Button Globe Mosiac

Hi! I’m Kelli, from the Craft Shack Chronicles blog and I’m so excited to be joining the Buttons Galore Design team! For my first project, I wanted to make a piece of home decor. I’m working on a gallery wall above my piano and I am having fun adding in lots of different colors and textures. You can easily add interesting depth and texture to your home decor pieces by using buttons and sequins to add color instead of paint. I used two 28 Lilac Lane kits to make this fun Button Globe Mosaic.

Supplies needed for Button Globe Mosiac:

Step one:

Draw the design outline onto the wood globe surface. You can trace it, transfer it, or freehand it. Draw the design onto the globe using a pencil. You won’t be able to see it when it’s covered in buttons and sequins so it doesn’t need to be perfect.

 

Step two:

Use green sequins from both Lilac Lane kits to fill in the land shapes. Add a little bit of glue and spread it out. Drop the sequins onto the glue one at a time. I find it easy to use a toothpick to arrange the sequins in the glue but you could use whatever you have on hand.

The glue will dry clear, so you don’t need to worry if you get a little messy.

 

Step three:

Fill the in the oceans with blue buttons. Try to mix large and small buttons into the mix to add interesting variations in the texture. The smaller buttons fit nicely in some of the small curves around the land, while the bigger buttons were easier to use further out in the ocean.

Cover the entire globe with buttons and fill in any gaps with seed beads, or blue sequins from the Lilac Lane Kits.

 

Step four:

Use wood stain to finish the remaining wood part or fill it in with buttons that complement your home decor colors. Finally, use the beautiful rope trim from the Let’s Go kit to attach the camera embellishment from the same kit to the top of the globe. A big white button from the Tea Time kit was the perfect size to put on the globe base.

I’m thinking about adding a little red button heart in the general area where we live on the globe. Would you add it, or leave it as it is? I can’t decide! I’m so excited to hang my new Button Globe Mosaic on my gallery wall soon!

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Make a Fun Wall Hanging with 28 Lilac Lane

Hey y’all! It’s Lorrie here with my first project for the Buttons Galore team! Today I am sharing a cool wall hanging canvas featuring an embellishment kit from 28 Lilac Lane.

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I had this cute quote that I loved and I wanted to show it off, so I decided to make a wall hanging using the quote and matching scrapbook paper on a 5″x 7″ canvas. Such an easy and fun project!

Supplies needed:

  • 28 Lilac Lane “Let’s Go” embellishment kit
  • 5″x 7″ stretched canvas
  • light brown acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • red liner tape
  • adhesive dots
  • brown ink
  • foam adhesive dots
  • patterned scrapbook paper
  • quote (from patterned paper, or use a stamp)

I started by painting the canvas using a light brown acrylic paint. I then cut out the quote and a 3″x 5″ piece of coordinating paper (the quote came from a sheet of quotes as part of a paper collection), and inked the edges.

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I attached the paper to the canvas using double-sided tape. Then I used adhesive foam dots to “pop up” the quote —  this is an easy way to add dimension to your paper projects. Next came the fun part: adding the embellishments from this adorable “Let’s Go” embellishment kit by 28 Lilac Lane!

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I will let you in on a little secret — I am not a big fan of liquid adhesives. I use them on projects, but they aren’t my favorite, mainly because here in the hot, humid south they take forever to dry. So to hold the sequins and beads from the embellishment kit onto my wall hanging, I used my not-so-secret weapon: red liner tape! Red liner tape is a double-sided tape that holds just about anything. It is the perfect alternative to liquid glues.

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I applied red line tape to the edges of the canvas, and then sprinkled the sequin mix onto the tape. Just like when you’re using glitter, sprinkle the sequins liberally onto your project, then pick up and shake the item to remove the excess. Once most of the tape has been covered, fill in any empty spaces with the tiny seed bead mix and pearls from the kit.

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For the finishing touch, I placed gold pearls from the Embellishment Kit on each corner of the quote using mini adhesive dots.

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Now you have a fun quote wall hanging that would look great on any wall in your home – and plenty of embellishments left over in your “Let’s Go” kit for lots more creative fun!

Quote Wall Hanging by Lorrie McCullers for Buttons Galore using 28 Lilac Lane embellishments. Great wall art for office

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Quick Flower Banners for a Girl’s Room

Buttons are a great way to add detail to home decor projects. This flower banner project uses them to finish off the flowers and banners that make a plain valance into a pretty accent for a girl’s room.

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Supplies:

My daughter’s room has had this simple white valance since I first designed her nursery before she was born. She’s nearly 14 now, and it seemed time to change it up a bit. She loves everything with flowers, so I thought a flower banner would be an easy and fun way to add some more color to her room.

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To make this flower banner, cut the number of triangle banners you think that you’ll need from burlap or cotton fabric. Die cut the flowers from felt and  hot glue them to the front of the banners. Hot glue a button into each flower center to finish it.

Cut a length of jute twine that is long enough for your window. Fold over the top of each banner, lay the string into the crease, and hot glue the fold down. Once all of the banners are glued onto the string, finish each banner with two buttons.

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If you are decorating on a budget – or even if you aren’t – this is a great way to add some style to a simple valance. And because it isn’t permanent, it can be easily removed for washing the valance, or redecorating. Make one today!

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Easy DIY Flower Placemat for Easter & Mother’s Day

Spring means lots of special occasions! This flower placemat design is great for Easter, Mother’s Day, or for making a birthday girl feel extra special – and it’s super quick and easy to make!

Easy DIY Flower Placemat

This flower placemat uses supplies from the popular 28 Lilac Lane “Tropical Twist” kit. You can tell that it’s definitely one of my favorites since many of the supplies are used from it! Although the name of this kit, and its themed charms, are definitely summer themed, this project is a great reminder to look at your kits not just as themes but as color palettes as well.

Easy Floral Placemat color palette

Supplies Needed:

To start making this flower placemat, get out a large needle. Thread it with the baker’s twine from the Tropical Twist kit, and stitch around the outside edge of the placemat. (I recommend doing this is several short lengths to avoid abusing your twine and for efficiency.) To make more than one placemat, use embroidery floss for this step as the kit only contains enough twine for one.

Next, use a flower die to cut flowers out of felt (or hand cut your own). Use scissors to hand cut the leaves.

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Position your flowers, and select buttons from the Tropical Twist kit to create their centers. Stitch through both the buttons and the flowers with a needle and embroidery floss to attach the flowers to the placemat. Use a needle and thread that matches the felt to stitch the leaves in place under the edges of the flowers as well.

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Whether the occasion is Easter, Mother’s Day, or something else…this flower placemat will definitely brighten your spring table!

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