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5 Great Summer Kids Craft Ideas

July means hitting the beach, blooming gardens – and stir crazy kids bored with all their summer vacation free time! Here’s our top five ideas for kids crafts projects to turn bored kids into busy kids!

Top 5 Summer Crafts with buttons by Buttons Galore

This project is great for even the youngest of kids! This button covered treasure box is an easy to make project using blank paper board boxes available in local craft stores. For the young ones, simple shapes like rectangles and square boxes are available. Older kids may want to try their hand at more challenging shapes like stars, or circles. To keep the kids busy for longer, let them add a coat of acrylic paint as a base before adding on their buttons.

ButtonsFlowerPotandBox

If you are worried about hearing hours of “are we there yet?” from the back seat, Road Trip Bingo may be the answer for you! Let the kids make their tin themselves before the trip, or surprise them in the car. To keep the kids from fighting over whose markers are whose, use a different color for each set (or use 3D buttons to create fun themed sets). Don’t forget to pack a stash of a few extra markers in case of lost ones!

Road Trip Bingo Tin close-up

This project will remind the kids to make the most of the last of their summer vacation by having them get ready for back to school! An upcycled can turned into a pencil holder makes a useful decoration for a homework desk, or a fun kid-made teacher gift. If you don’t have any fabric scraps, use contact paper or gift wrap for this easy project.

upcycled can to pretty pencil holder

Dollar stores are a great place to find an endless supply of simple items just waiting to be made beautiful. These basic photo clips, paired with a package of 3D buttons, can be easily turned into a fun themed display for favorite photos from any occasion with our wide range of shank buttons.

customize a photo holder with theme buttons

Thanks to the rubber band bracelet craze, many kids have a rubber band loom stashed that they’ve gotten bored with. Bring new life to that old crafty friend of theirs by showing them how to use 3D shank buttons to make charm bracelets!  Use themed buttons to make bracelets for special occasions, or use basics like flowers for every day wear! (This project also makes a fun take home activity for a girls birthday party or sleepover!)

Finished Rubber Band Bracelet

These are just a few of our favorite kid crafts for summer! For even more, ideas of great projects to keep kids busy (and learning) with crafts, visit the Kids Crafts section of the blog.

SUMMER CRAFTS

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Make Rubber Band Charm Bracelets with Buttons!

Buttons can bring new life to all sorts of crafts – and a rubber band loom is no exception! This project uses pink flower buttons with a shank from the Bazooples collection as charms on a rubber band charm bracelet.

Rubber Band Charm Bracelet suppliesPictured above is the entire supply list for the rubber band charm bracelets that I’m showing you today:

Bazooples Pink FlowersThese beautiful Bazooples flowers aren’t the only buttons that can be used as charms for this project. Try it with the Fun in the Sun collection for a rainy day project for the kids during a beach vacation, with the Happy Halloween collection for festive wear, or with Sweet Delights as a birthday party make-it-take-it.

Buttons on LoomUsing the buttons with your loom is easy – just thread the buttons onto the rubber bands and then weave your loom as usual. For this bracelet, I placed 2 empty rubber bands as spacers between each rubber band with a button to ensure that the buttons weren’t overlapping when the bracelet was complete.

Rubber Band Threaded ButtonA properly threaded button will have a loop of rubber band on each side  of the button shank. Just pull those loops and place them over the loom as usual.

Finished Rubber Band Bracelet

The finished bracelet will have the buttons sitting up on top of it, with the shanks down in the weaving.

 Finished Rubber Band Bracelet

Has the bloom worn off of summer vacation, and bored kids are asking you what to do? Visit our 3D button selection, dig out that rubber band loom, and set them to work creating rubber band charm bracelets with buttons!

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DIY Paper Clip & Button Bookmarks

Secret Garden Bookmarks

It’s almost time for summer reading. These quick and easy Paper Clip and Button Bookmarks are a great kids project. With our selection of unique buttons, you can make bookmarks to match your child’s interests. Does your child love the book, The Secret Garden? How about creating a collection of garden themed bookmarks? A gift of the book and the garden bookmarks would also make a darling gift!

These would also be great teacher’s gifts. Give your favorite teacher a stack of books, some beach-themed bookmarks the kids made, and they will  be ready to hit the beach and rest up after a long school year!

Seaside Bookmarks

Flip Flop Bookmark Close-Up

Sea Bookmarks with Shell

The possibilities for these are endless! Here’s how to create your own Paper Clip and Button Bookmarks:

Supplies:

Instructions:

Slide the button onto the paper clip. Place a small drop of glue to hold the button in place. You can make dozens of these in only minutes!

Summer Reading Bookmarks

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Leapin Lizards Toy Bucket with Laura Kelly Pet Shop Dies from Sizzix

Boys will be boys and that means the little ones will probably collect “stuff”.  This pail has been transformed to an adorable “catch all” with a leapin lizards theme to match the cutest of little boy personalities.

Lizard Bucket Buttons Galore

It is easy to make.  I used the lizard from my newest collection of Sizzix dies – the Pet Shop collection.  I cut eight lizards out of fun decorative papers in greens and oranges.

Ellison Pet Shop

Then I used Collage Pauge from iLoveToCreate to adhere them to the pail.

Collage Pauge

I added a complete coat of the Collage Pauge over the whole bucket to add strength to the paper.

Lizard Pet Shop Collage Pauge

To finish it off, I added a wire twisted with buttons in Outrageous Orange and Candy Apple Green from my Laura Kelly collection and tied some ribbons on it.  I added it to the pail handle with a few twists.

Buttons Galore Wire Trip

And now to fill it up with all of these goodies.

Boy Stuff

Ta Da!

Lizard Bucket Collage Pauge

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Happy Creating,

Laura

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Button Up Some Doll Sized Fun

Girls love to make things for their dolls.  Some of these girls are little as in young.  Some of these girls are bigger as in not so young.  The magic of doll play never grows old.  There are lots of things that can be made for doll using Laura Kelly’s collection of bright colored buttons.

Buttons Projects

If you are interested in making any of these projects, I encourage you to give them a try.

Happy Creating,

Laura

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“Cute as a Button” Ring Kit Party

Pinable Button Party Badge

It’s party time! BGM Creations and Suzann Sladcik Wilson just launched a new line of Button Ring Kits. I love the Kids Ring Kit and decided to design a craft party for my daughter around making button rings. The kits are super economical at $10 a kit (each kit makes 10 rings). You can have a lot of kids over without breaking the bank-especially since the finished rings can also be the party favors.
Ring Party
It’s pretty simple to get inspired when you pick a button theme for a party. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Crafting can be messy, so I created workstations for each child. I cut up some craft paper into placemats, doodled on it, and then glued some buttons down. I opened up the ring kit packaging and made the kits match my party by adding silk flowers (with buttons glued in the center) and ribbon to the kits. I transferred glue into smaller size tubes, which makes it easier for little hands to squeeze. Of course, the glue tubes also got a makeover by adding scrapbook paper, ribbon and buttons to them.
Kit Decor

You really don’t need to plan much to do at the party except make rings, because the girls love all the combinations they can create. Just make sure you have enough kits on hand for each girl to make more than one ring!
Ring Assembly

We had cupcakes for a snack (because crafting makes a girl hungry!) I just bought cupcakes at the bakery and then dressed them up for the party. You can create super cute cupcake picks with a lollipop stick, buttons and ribbons.
Cupcake Topper copy

Or just decorate a cupcake wrapper with some buttons. Or do both (more is more around here). We also glued some buttons onto some plastic silverware to add even more button goodness to our party.
Cupcakes & Silverware copy

This party is so simple! I didn’t even wait until my daughter’s birthday to throw it. We just invited a few girls over to have some crafting fun. All the projects here only took me about an hour to get ready, but it looked like I spent days getting ready. The best part? Seeing how happy my daughter was making button rings!
Rings II

For more crafty lifestyle tips come and visit me on my blog at www.laurabraydesigns.com.
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DIY Craft a Rainbow

This is a really fun activity for kids, for kids of all ages that is.   You can use this project as a guideline to create using a variety of bright materials but I, of course, love BUTTONS!  You can find all of the colors of the rainbow in buttons in my Laura Kelly collection for Buttons Galore!

RainbowWindow

To create a rainbow of colorful fun, use a piece of waxed paper and create the arcs with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

GlueRainbow

Then add objects in the colors of the rainbow to create the beauty.  Buttons works GREAT but so do other embellishments and random things from around the house.

GlueRainbowColor

Ta Da!  Once it is totally dry, cut it out and hang it up.  It works great on a glass window or door.

GlueRainbowFinal

Happy Being Bright and Cheerful,

Laura

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