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Zinnia Style Button Brooch

Zinnia Style Button Brooch

Zinnia Style Button Brooch

I was tooling around the web recently, minding my own business when I happened upon this tutorial by Diane Gilleland of Crafty Pod over on Craft Leftovers.

I’m madly in love with these little zinnias with button centers. Check out the tutorial here to see how quick and easy they are to make.

If you ask me this is the PERFECT time of year to make a batch of them to wear… or to give!

I’ll take one in red please! :)

Try these bright and cheerful buttons for YOUR zinnia brooch

JB115 Tulip Button Jar

“Tulip” button jar

JB117 Citrus Button Jar

“Citrus” button jar

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Mixed Media Home Decor

365 Days of Crafts

This is a very peaceful and beautiful bit of mixed media art from our own Design Team member Niki Meiners. Handmade home decor. You can’t go wrong with that!

You can read more about it on 365 Days of Crafts.

And here are some supplies to get you started:

“Spring Green” Button Bonanza Bag

“Emerald Green” ToHo Seed Beads

“Luck” Button Tote

“Natural Mix” Bulk Buttons for the trunk if you’d like

Beacon’s 3 in 1 Glue

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Button Art on the Cheap

Button Art - mod podge rocks

I’m loving this adorable button art from Mod Podge Rocks. Leave it to Amy to find a simple way to add a whole lot of color! Please visit Mod Podge Rocks to see how it’s done.

And here are some recommended supplies:

Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry

Button Grab Bags

Button Totes

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Victoriana Fabric Party – Row 4 and Give Away

VQDFabricParty

The instructions for row 4 are up on the Fabric Party page here.

And as always there is a give away that includes Nautical buttons from Buttons Galore and More!! WhooHoo! :)

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Buttons Galore and More Appears on Cleveland TV Show

Buttons Galore and more on TV with Vicki O'Dell

Buttons Galore and more on TV with Vicki O'Dell

Our very own Design Team member (ME!) appeared on a local Cleveland TV show in June to show viewers how easy it is to make a one of a kind button bracelet.

While there is a can of old collected buttons in a tin can shown – and they are fine to use – you may not find enough buttons in the colors you need or you may not want to use Grandmas buttons on a piece you will give away.

Our Button Bonanza packages hold enough buttons to make 2-3 bracelets and they come in lots of colors!

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Make Easy Accessories Straight From the Button Jar

While some people look at jewelry as investment pieces, keeping them to wear long-term over the years, I love bright funky jewelry that I can wear as my mood or the trends change.

Button web ring

Button web ring

This particular piece I made in under 10 minutes, using supplies I had on hand, buttons from the Mixed-Color Grab Bag from Buttons Galore & More, a large metal jewelry finding, a ring blank, and a 6 inch piece of wire.

I started by choosing buttons of different colors and sizes.  The Grab Bags are fun to use because the colors and sizes are all mixed together and it’s easy to just pluck several different buttons from the same package.  The Button Bonanzas and Button Totes would also work well to get the same look.

After choosing my buttons, I strung the wire up from the bottom button through one hole of each, then bent the wire and strung it back down through one different hole of each button.  I wanted the funky look, so for my piece it didn’t matter which hole I used or whether the button had 2 or 4 holes, I was going for the wacky stacked look.  After the buttons were strung, I fed both ends of the wire through the jewelry finding and twisted the ends of the wire together to secure, clipped the extra wire off, and pressed the twisted ends as flat against the jewelry finding as possible.

Button ring for Buttons Galore & More by Carla Schauer

I decided to use the piece as a ring, so I glued it to a ring blank using a heavy duty, multipurpose glue.  I could have also used it as a pin, a pendant, or a hair accessory.  The sky is the limit when making button accessories.  Have fun!

Carla Schauer

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Framed Flower Art from Spellbinders

Framed Flower Art from Spellbinders

Super cute framed flower art from the designers at Spellbinders. Go here to see how it’s done.

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