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Child’s Button Embroidery Sampler

Do you remember how much you loved to sift through your mom, aunt, or grandmother’s button boxes? I still play with my buttons all the time, and I know I can always keep my five year old daughter busy with buttons. I recently came up with a project that takes button play beyond just looking at buttons, but also uses them as a creative tool. The end result is a darling little sampler of all my daughter’s favorite buttons and artwork. It’s truly an heirloom piece that will be cherished for years to come. Here’s how to make a button embroidery sampler with your child.

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Hand Painted Floral Buttons

Floral Buttons - Laura Bray

Aren’t these hand painted buttons from design team member Laura Bray adorable? Visit her blog Katydiddys and see how you can make some for yourself!

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Pretty Button Flower Wall Decor

Pretty little blooms button flower picture by Jen Goode

This project can be made using a variety of recycled materials combined with your favorite pretty buttons. Add a touch of color to your decor for a flower garden inspiration all year long. I created this project to accent pieces in my daughter’s bedroom, but you can adapt it to fit where ever you’d like some “pretty little blooms”.

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Wish Big Birthday Card

Here is another card from the super talented Elise of Mamacow Creations.

I don’t think she posted step by step instructions but I had to share anyway. For inspiration purposes you know. ;)

Here is the post on her blog Mamacow Creations so that you can see more photos!

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Wood Button Monogram

Add texture and detail to a simple framed monogram using a variety of wood buttons from the Haberdashery collection. These buttons are a gorgeous mix of natural wood colors, and I couldn’t resist showcasing them in a project that let their beauty take center stage.

In order to play up the texture of the wood, I covered chipboard with neutral fabric to create a background that didn’t compete with the wood buttons. The buttons were then arranged to make the monogram, and glued into place using fabric adhesive (Beacon Fabri-Tac). A simple inexpensive Ikea wood frame painted navy gives just enough color to draw the eye to the project.

On a wall or on a table, this monogram is a great way to easily personalize a room.

Thanks for stopping by!

Carla Schauer

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Make a Party Favor and Thank You Card

Thank You Card and Party Favor

Thank You Card and Party Favor

 Read more about making this adorable Thank You Card and Party Favor project on 365 Days of Crafts.

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Shine On! (A Card of Encouragement)

Recently, my son participated in an Invention Convention- and when he didn’t win a prize, I could tell he took it kinda hard. So I whipped up this little card to encourage him to “Shine On” and not get discouraged.

To make it, I cut 2 circles from Core’Dinations cardstock Gemstones Collection and mounted them at the top of the card. Then I applied a Wacky Tacky Tape star shape and sprinkled silver microbeads on top. I finished it off with a white button threaded with a little embroidery floss, held in place with a mini Glue Dot.

To create the texture at the bottom, I “stacked” three rows of patterned and solid ribbon from the Retro Blue Button & Ribbons collection and adhered it with Zip Dry. I made a text block and brackets with more cardstock and used my trusty Dymo Label Maker to create the words.  A few more coordinating buttons finished off my design.

You could also use the sentiment, "Reach High."

I really love this color scheme, and it would be lovely for either a boy or a girl…and could easily stand in for a graduation card, too! Now wouldn’t it be a lovely card to send to someone who needs a little “pick-me-up?”

To see another card using another color scheme and a flower/ladybug motif, visit my blog, CraftTestDummies.com.

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