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DIY Wedding Frame with Button Heart

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and that means love, romance…and proposals! So, for everyone who woke up this morning with a wedding in their future (or their family’s future), we’ve got a fun and easy project for you  – a DIY wedding frame!

This wedding frame is multi-purpose – it can serve as a wedding or shower decoration, and then transition to home decor as a treasured memory after the big day is over.

Project PlanningThe first step in this project is to select a color scheme. This project is built around a fabric background, which can really be any color. I’ve chosen a beautiful aqua, but the wedding’s theme color or a color from the bride’s home decor might both be excellent choices.

The gold iron-on material matches both the frame and a fleck that is in the fabric. Our Haberdashery button pack is variegated between cream and white, so no matter what color of wedding dress the bride chooses, the collage will work.

Wedding Frame construction

Use a fabric pencil to sketch out the area for the heart.

Measure the remaining area and create the text and other elements on your die cut machine. Cut from glitter iron-on material, and iron on to fabric following manufacturer’s instructions.

For the fabric to stand up to holding the collage of buttons in the frame, it needs to be stiffened. I used Krylon Spray Adhesive to laminate the fabric to a sheet of white chipboard as a backing.

Using white glue (I used PPA Matte by ArtQuest), adhere white buttons from the Button Basics and Haberdashery packages. Continue until the entire heart is filled. I ensured that the largest ones were spread around in a balanced fashion by laying them down first and then building around them.

Finish by removing the stem from a heart button, and gluing the heart on top of the glitter flourish.

Remove the glass from the frame, and place the cardboard sheet in place!

And now your beautiful memory of a special day is ready to enjoy!

DIY Wedding Frame with button heart

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Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples out there, and we look forward to seeing you make our DIY wedding frame!

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Quick & Easy Button Pillow Box

It’s easy to whip up a pillow box on my die cut machine to hold a small gift, but keeping it closed is not so easy. Adhesive will do the job – permanently, leaving the box difficult to open and not reusable. But a little bit of ribbon and a few buttons will provide a solution: a pretty string tie! This box is perfectly sized for presenting a gift card, a difficult item to wrap creatively.

Button Pillow Box

To make this box you need:

  • Buttons Galore Bubblegum Button Bonanza (also available at AC Moore)
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Small doily
  • Cricut Explore machine & digital cutting file
  • 7/8″ wide gold ribbon
  • Needle & Thread
  • Jute Twine
  • Double-sided adhesive tape

Instructions:

1. Cut out and assemble your pillow box. Adhere doily on top of box.

2. Cut ribbon slightly longer than needed to wrap around long dimension of pillow box. Turn under ends.

Gift Package Supplies3. Sew buttons loosely onto ends of ribbon.

4. Tie piece of jute string around the thread holding one of the buttons, between the button and the ribbon.

5. Wrap the ribbon around the pillow. Fasten the ribbon band by wrapping the string in a figure 8 around both buttons (similar to fastening a string clasp envelope).

Pillow Box with Button BandThis gift wrap could be great for any holiday or occasion. Changing the colors of the ribbon band and buttons could make it seasonal for any holiday, or match the decor of any event (such as a wedding).

What gift do you plan to tie up with a button-fastened ribbon band?

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An Easy All Occasion Gift Bag with Washi & Buttons!

Pre-designed gift bags can easily run $5 or more, and it’s not always convenient to run out and buy one at the last minute. What to do? Craft up a solution, of course. Keeping a stash of blank bags in your craft supplies means that with a few minutes of creativity, you always have the perfect gift bag on hand!

all occasion gift bag

To make this gift bag, all you need is:

  • a blank gift bag
  • assorted washi tape rolls
  • Vacation button assortment (HB107)
  • embroidery floss & needle
  • 7/8″ sheer ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • die cut machine
  • white vinyl & transfer tape

Making this bag is super easy:

1. Start by tearing off some strips of washi tape and attaching them to the bag as stripes, varying the colors.

2. Using embroidery floss, sew thread through buttons and tie it off.

3. Attach the buttons to the top few rows of washi tape in random positions, using a hot glue gun.

washi tape and buttons4. Using a die cut machine, cut out the words “for you” from vinyl. Use transfer tape to attach it over the bottom layers of washi tape. (I used the Cricut Explore machine for this project.)

vinyl sentiment on gift bag

5. Tie a bow from sheer ribbon around one side of the handle.

And there you have it…five steps to a fabulous all-occasion gift bag! While my bag is a generic theme, this bag design could be customized for any holiday by selecting washi tape and buttons that are themed and colored appropriately (such as red and green for Christmas).

What occasions do you use gift bags for?

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DIY Gift Wrapping with Buttons

Here is a fantastic way to create custom  DIY gift wrapping in fifteen minutes (or less) using buttons, fabric markers and glue.  Check it out!  Yay, it’s Fifteen MINUTE Friday!!!

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A tip for buttons and fabric if you are not up for sewing…super tacky adhesives work best!  I love the Fast Grab Tacky from Aleene’s because it holds the buttons right away and keeps them in place until totally dried.  You can see in the next picture that the buttons are in place and the glue is still wet.  I love that!

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You can get more ideas and the full tutorial over on my blog HERE.

 

 

 

 

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DIY Flour Sack Gift Bag

Handmade gifts are even better when they are wrapped in a handmade flour sack gift bag.  This DIY is an awesome way to use fabric and trim scraps along with your button stash to create unique and fun bags for gifts and goodies.

Flour Sack Gift Bag FInal

They are easy as pie.  Here is what you do…

Flour Sack Gift Bag

  1. Rip your fabric to be double the size you want your bag to turn out.  Mine is 18×9 inches.
  2. Cut your fabrics and trims in strips and stack them the way you like.
  3. Sew the strips to the half of your fabric you want to be the front.
  4. Fold your fabric and sew the side and bottom closed with a bright thread in a decorative stitch.
  5. Add your buttons with Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion.

TaDa!  I am making 525 of these for SNAP.  They will be given out at the breakfast on Saturday morning filled with Laura Kelly goodies and YES, buttons will be in the bags.

SNAP_Bags

Cheers and Happy Making,

Laura

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Button Up a Decorative Pinwheel

Pinwheels are so much fun for adding pizzazz and energy to decorating for parties and events.  Here are the directions to make them using just a few simple materials.  You will need the following:

  • Decorative Paper Squares (6 inches)
  • Scissors
  • Brads
  • Paper Straws
  • Aleene’s Always Ready Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Laura Kelly BUTTONS for Buttons Galore and More

Pinwheel_Supplies

The first step is to cut from the four corners in towards the centers, stopping to leave a one inch square center that is uncut.  Then using your brad fold the first point of each corner in poking a hole through them as you go then through the center and securing with the brad in the back.

PinwheelOne_Two

Add your straw to the back and buttons to the front with the tacky glue.  The Fast Grab is great because is holds them right away.  Then allow time to dry before using them.

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They are so bright and cheery and simply fun.

Pinwheel_Single

Cheers,

Laura

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Puppy Treat Gift Tags with Self-Inking Stamps

It is Fifteen MINUTE Friday!!!

And it is true…. Adding a little button to about anything ups the adorable factor exponentially.  I stamped these little puppy tags for Jordan to use when giving out treats to dogs that she walks and they came out so cute.

Puppy Stamp Expressionery

Just stamp, color (we like Tombow dual tip markers and their colored pencils bunches) then add buttons (from the Laura Kelly Brights) with Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  Let it dry and tie it on to goodies.

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It is that simple, fun and well….adorable!

Button Nose Puppy Stamp Expressionery

This stamp is one of the new ones in my collection that is available on expressionery.com.  You can check them out here.  And here are a few other great ideas for stamps and buttons if you like this one…

Stamp Handmade By Stamped_Expressionery_Button

 

Happy Gift Tag Making,

Laura

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