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Make a Thread Spool Photo Holder with Buttons!

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team sharing a simple and cute (as a button) thread spool photo holder. I will be using the Buttons Galore “Winter Mist” Haberdashery button mix. The buttons are a beautiful mix of vintage greens, purple, burgundy and light tan.

thread spool photo holders

I created several of these thread spool photo holders using the supplies I had on hand. They can be enhanced many different ways to make them each unique. I wanted the original spool label to remain. I used felt to wrap around the center of the spool adding color to the project. (The spools could also be painted or pattern paper could be used.) The Winter Mist Haberdashery button pack comes with different size buttons and beautifully coordinated. You get a nice mix of color!

thread spool photo holders

Supply list to make thread spool photo holders:

How to make thread spool photo holders:

  1.  Insert large paper clip into spool hole – if it is loose glue it in.
  2.  Measure and cut felt for center of spool. Wrap around the spool and glue.
  3.  Glue buttons and embellishments to front of spool.
  4.  Let dry.

thread spool photo holders

These thread spool photo holders can be used as teacher gifts, personalized place cards, displays for vintage photos, to show off a proud kid moment, and in many more ways. What about holding a favorite recipe? There’s so many ways for using these photo stands.

thread spool photo holders

thread spool photo holders

These thread spool photo holders are fun to make and the kids can join in too. Adding different elements can truly make them a “one of a kind” thinking of you gift. Buttons Galore & More have gorgeous buttons that would be perfect for this project! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Gift A Beautiful Beaded Pendant

My project today is a sweet little pendant necklace that comes together pretty quickly and makes a great gift.

Don’t be daunted by the idea of sewing on the beads! It’s true that sewing beads can be a little fiddly because of their tiny size, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a great beginner project for jewelry making.

Here’s what you need to make this little beaded pendant necklace:

Put your scrap of fabric inside your embroidery hoop for sewing and outline the inside circle of the mini embroidery hoop with a pencil onto your fabric. Using the little cameo from the 28 Lilac Lane set, use craft glue to glue this to the center of the circle you just outlined. Let dry completely before moving on.

After your cameo is completely dry and securely attached to your beaded pendant, take a small plate (or use the lid of the Tea Time set) to pull out the beads. From your divisible embroidery floss, pull out one thread strand and thread your needle, making sure to leave a knot in the end. Sew a row of the larger green beads around the edge of the little cameo. Then repeat with the gold beads and then the blue beads.

To finish your beaded pendant, position the mini hoop on your design and draw a cutting line approximately 1/2 inch around the hoop. Cut it out. Place the cut design on the center plate. Then place the mini hoop on top and push it down to secure it. Flip it over and using a hot glue gun, place the glue around the inner edge. Push the fabric down in a circular motion. Add glue to the backing piece on the inner edge. Position it on the back of the hoop with the notch top and center.

You can either add a jump ring to your beaded pendant for your necklace chain to go through or thread the chain through the bolt in the center of the hoop.

Voila! You have a sweet little beaded pendant necklace ready to wear on a fun night out or to gift to a friend!

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Learn How to Make a Candy Corn Bracelet with Buttons!

Hi everybody! It’s Anaya from the Buttons Galore & More Design Team. Halloween is fast approaching and I must confess, I’m excited. No, I’m not into the creepy scary stuff – I’m just looking forward to the candy!  If you love Halloween candy like I do, I know you’ll enjoy making this super sweet candy corn bracelet.

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

Supplies Needed for Making Candy Corn Bracelet:

How to Make a Candy Corn Bracelet:

Start your candy corn bracelet by separating the buttons by color and size. You will need to select buttons of a similar size to stack and create little button candy corn charms for your bracelet. Cut a 3-4″ length of wire and gently fold into a ‘U’ shape. Stack buttons with yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle, and white on top. Push the buttons together and twist one end of wire tightly around the other. Trim the excess wire and create a loop using round nose pliers.

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

Repeat this step a until you have enough to fill your your chain. My bracelet is 7″ and I have attached a button charm to every other link.

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

After filling the candy corn bracelet with button charms, gather your selection of beads. I am using 10mm yellow, orange, and white glass pearls along with larger clear and white glass beads. Using headpins, add 2-3 beads to each of the remaining empty links in the chain.

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

Once the bracelet is as full as you’d like, place a jump ring on each end of the chain. Attach the toggle clasps to the jump rings and your candy corn bracelet is complete!

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

I hope you’ll give this candy corn bracelet a try! It’s so cute that it’s definitely worth the time and effort to make. You can even modify the steps a bit to create a matching Halloween necklace and earrings. With this kind of arm candy, you’ll be sure to get all the sweet treats you desire this Halloween candy grabbin’ season!

how to make a candy corn bracelet using 28 Lilac Lane buttons!

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Decorate with a DIY Happy Halloween Photo Holder

Hello, everyone! This is Katie from the Buttons Galore & More Design Team and today I have a fun Halloween Photo Holder project that you can make to display those Halloween photos or reminders!

This Halloween Photo Holder is perfect for the Halloween season, due to all the pictures you will be taking during the holiday month. With that being said, even though I’m labeling this project as a photo holder, it could also hold other items as well. For example, it could hold notes, reminders, or that special Halloween party invitation.

To decorate my Happy Halloween Photo Holder, I decided to go with a vintage Halloween look. I achieved this look by using scrapbooking paper that had a vintage Halloween theme and by using the Buttons Galore & More ‘’Scary’’ button tote. This particular button tote was a perfect color palette to use in this project because it included all of the main Halloween colors.  Besides the color selection being great, this pack of buttons also provides a wide variety of buttons in different styles and in different shades of those main colors. Overall, whether you like a vintage, modern, or spooky Halloween look, this button pack (I believe) could be used to achieve any number of styles.

So, to find out how to make your own Happy Halloween Photo Holder, keep reading below!

Supplies to make Halloween photo holder:

  • Buttons Galore & More “Scary” Button Tote
  • wooden sign
  • wooden house shape
  • wooden Happy Halloween phrase
  • small wooden close pin
  • Halloween scrapbooking paper (I used Carta Bella Trick or Treat collection)
  • paint
  • foam brushes
  • Mod Podge Glossy Decoupage Glue
  • scissors
  • twine
  • hot glue gun + glue sticks

Step 1: Paint your wooden pieces in whatever colors you like and then set them aside to dry.

Step 2: Cut out pieces of scrapbooking paper that will fit on the front of your wooden sign and on the front of your wooden house shape. Then grab your Mod Podge and adhere those pieces of scrapbooking paper to your wooden pieces. Finally, set everything aside to dry.

Step 3: Grab your hot glue gun and begin assembling your photo holder! To do this, first glue on your ‘’Happy Halloween’’ phrase and your wooden house shape to the main wooden sign. Then have fun decorating the sign by adding all the buttons that you like! For my photo holder, I chose to use a variety of buttons from Buttons Galore & More ‘’Scary’’ button tote.

Once the front of your photo holder has been decorated, flip it over to the back. Then hot glue your close pin to the back of your sign with the clamp side facing up and sticking out over the edge of your sign. Finally, glue on a piece of twine to create a way to hang your photo holder.

Once you have added your twine you are ready to display your new Happy Halloween Photo Holder!

I love how this Happy Halloween Photo Holder turned out! It would look so cute hanging in an office or even on a simple cork board.

This design could be adapted for any holiday (such as Christmas) by changing up the buttons and paper. What holiday would you like to make it for?

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Make a DIY Tailgate Party Invitation with Buttons Galore

Fall is quickly approaching, and we all know that fall means FOOTBALL! Today, I will show you how to make the cutest DIY tailgate party invitation using football themed buttons from Buttons Galore. So get ready to fire up the barbecue and cheer on your favorite team!

DIY tailgate party invitation

Supplies needed for DIY tailgate party invitation:

How to make a DIY tailgate party invitation:

Using a paper trimmer, I cut the brown cardstock to 5″ x 7″ and the tan cardstock to 4.5″ by 6.5″. I then inked the edges of the tan cardstock with brown chalk ink to add dimension. I used a tape runner to attach the tan cardstock to the brown cardstock to make the base of the invitation. Next, I hand lettered the words on the invitation. I used a fineline pen to do the lettering, then used a brush pen to darken all my downstrokes. This is an easy way to make your hand lettering look great, even if you aren’t that good at it! The word “football” made from alphabet stickers was then added.

DIY tailgate party invitation

I then chose the buttons I was going to use. Most of these buttons had shanks on the back. In order to use them on a flat surface like this one, I had to remove the shanks. This is easy to do using a button shank remover or a pair of side cutters. I clipped off the shanks, then attached the buttons to the invitation using red line tape. This tape is strong enough to hold these buttons securely!

I placed the buttons all around the card in the white spaces. The buttons give this invitation a fun feel and cool dimension that you just can’t get with any other embellishments… plus they are absolutely adorable!

DIY tailgate party invitation

Your guests won’t be able to resist this super fun invitation! Go team!

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Reversible Halloween & Thanksgiving Fall Countdown Calendar

It’s hard to believe it, but fall is creeping upon us and with Fall comes holiday after holiday. Here is a fun and fairly easy fall countdown calendar project to count down the days till Halloween and/or Thanksgiving using some easy to find craft materials and of course…buttons!

Here’s what you need to make this fun, reversible witch and scarecrow fall countdown calendar.

First, print out your patterns and cut out the felt according to the directions on the patterns. You will have 1 brown hat, 1 black hat, 1 green face and 1 tan face. If you are sewing your project together, go ahead and sew around the curved part of the face. Don’t forget to leave the top open! You will then need to sew your black button eyes onto the green face and onto the tan face.

If you are gluing your project, go ahead and glue the two faces together and then glue the black buttons for eyes onto each face. Let dry well before going on to the next step.

Cut out a wiggly, carrot shaped nose for your witch, along with a circle nose for your scarecrow. Attach them to your faces with craft glue. Use the black permanent marker to draw a mouth for each.

Next, if you are sewing your hats together, sew up and around the two sides, leaving the straight edge of the hat open. Then slide your face inside the two pieces of your hat and sew together; making sure to sandwich all the layers of the felt together when you are sewing.

If you are gluing, glue the hat pieces together and then slide the face inside the hat. You can attempt to glue these parts together, but I would recommend leaving them unattached. They will appear one piece when you attach it to the cork board.

Heat up your hot glue gun and while it’s heating, separate your button pack. The witch hair uses 31 of the purple and green buttons and the scarecrow uses 28 of the orange  from the Trick or Treat Button Basics BCB129. Glue the buttons on the thumb tacks and let them cool off.

And there you have it! Attach your witch to your cork board with straight pins and either start out with all 31 buttons, taking one off each day until Halloween arrives, or add a button each day as it gets closer! Whichever you prefer!

Once Halloween is past, flip over your witch and start counting down the days till Thanksgiving!

fall countdown calendar

Thanksgiving and Halloween are coming fast…make your fall countdown calendar today!

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How to Make a Cute Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow

Halloween is coming soon – can you believe it?! You can make this fun Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow in less than 30 minutes. This is one spider web your little girls won’t mind having on their heads because it’s just so cute! It’s easy to customize too, using the same technique with different kinds of fabric, different colors or different accessories.

How to Make a Cute Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow

Supplies needed to make a Cute Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow:

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow Supplies

Step one:

Cut circles in the tulle and black fabric. You will need two  3-4″ black satin circles, and one 1″ black circle. You will also need to cut six 3-4″ circles from the white tulle as well. I used a styrofoam cup to trace my circles. It was the perfect size.

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow - Tulle Circles

Lots of fabrics will melt great for this project, but I find cotton fabrics don’t melt as well as the synthetic blends. My favorites to work with are satin or chiffon fabrics. This is a great project to use scraps, and you should use whatever you have on hand. It doesn’t take much!

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow Fabric Circles

Step two

Use a black marker to draw spider webs on the tulle circles. Be sure to put a piece of paper under the tulle so you don’t end up with black spider webs all over your work surface.

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow Tulle Spider Webs

Step three:

Assemble the fabric circles. I use hot glue to assemble mine, but you could easily sew them together if you prefer. Place a dot of hot glue in the center of each circle and press two circles together.

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow Assembly

Stack the two black circles on the bottom, and the white tulle circles on top of those with a dot of hot glue between each layer.

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow Assembly

Step four:  

*Please use caution when working with an open flame.  The melting fabric is hot to the touch.  Always keep a bowl of cool water next to your work station when working with a flame in case of burns or fabric that accidentally catches fire.*

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow Melting

Using a small candle flame (I use a small tea light candle), melt the edges of the tulle and satin fabrics. Carefully hold the fabric down next to the flame. Don’t get it too close.  It just needs the heat from near the flame to curl and melt the fabric.

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow Melted Tulle

The tulle is very easy to burn. It does not need much heat to curl and melt. A little bit of charing on the edges of the tulle just adds to this cute Halloween spider web hair bow though!  Satin fabric needs just a little more heat to curl and melt. Please be careful not to get your fingers too close!

Step five:

Use glue to attach the adorable 3D Spider Button to the center of the Spider Web Hair Bow. Glue some sequins from the Trick or Treat Bead and Sequin mix to the bow. I used black sequins from the mix and some black seed beads.

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow 3D Spider Button

Step six: 

Attach the alligator hair clip to the back of your spider web bow using hot glue and the 1″ circle of black fabric.

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow Alligator Clip

Isn’t it the cutest little spider web you’ve ever seen? I love how the adorable little spider buttons have a cute little heart shape on their backs. Even my spider phobic four-year old didn’t mind wearing this cute little spider in her hair!

Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow

You can easily change this technique to suit any style or holiday! Chiffon is my favorite fabric to melt. The curl is fantastic! Change the color of the fabric and the tulle and add other fun embellishments for endless combinations! I want to make one with red chiffon, white tulle, and these adorable 3D Candy Cane buttons for Christmas!3D Candy Cane Buttons

Which 3D buttons would you put in your hair bows?

How to Make a Cute Halloween Spider Web Hair Bow

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