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Button Snowflake


Popsicle SnowflakeButton Snowflake

This snowflake used either as an ornament or a tree topper is a great way to display all those white and translucent white buttons your mother or grandmother left you in their button jar.   With these special buttons the snowflakes would be a great way to share a treasured memory with your close relatives.   

This would also be a great inexpensive “bulk craft” for a church children’s group or a school classroom art projects.  To keep the project to one session, pre-glue and paint the snowflake. Then allow the kids to decorate their snowflakes with buttons, trim and markers.

Materials

  • Popsicle sticks (4 per snowflake)
  • White & translucent white buttons (assorted sizes)
  • Large decorative white buttons (for the center)
  • Lace & trims
  • DecoArt Snowflake White acrylic paint
  • White Glamour Dust Ultra-Fine Glitter paint (optional)
  • Green chenille stems
  • Clothespins (optional)
  • Clear fishing line (optional)

Also Needed

  • Craft glue
  • Glue gun
  • Wire cutters

Instructions

  1. Glue four Popsicle sticks together in a “snowflake” pattern then allow the glue to dry.
  2. Give the snowflake two coats of white paint and allow the paint to dry between coats.
    1. Spray paint the sticks white before gluing them together if you are mass producing the snowflakes.
  3. Flip and repeat.
  4. For a nice shimmery finish on the snowflakes apply one or two coats of white ultra-fine glitter paint to the front of the snowflake.  Allow paint to dry.
  5. Glue lace to the snowflake for a more Victorian effect.
  6. If needed cut the shanks off buttons with wire cutters.
  7. Lay out your buttons on the snowflake.  Graduate the sizes of the buttons starting with the larger ones in the center.  Use the smallest buttons on the ends of the snowflake.  Choose a large decorative button for the center.
  8. Glue the buttons down and allow the glue to dry.
  9. Attach a hanger to the snowflake.
    1. Glue a green chenille stem to the back of the snowflake (center).  If your tree is not green use a stem of a matching color.
    2. Mount your snowflakes on clothespins so they will clip to the branches.  Paint the clothespins green first so they will blend into the tree.
    3. To hang your snowflakes suspended in a window tie a long strand of clear fishing line to the top of the snowflake.
  10. You are then ready to display your snowflake.

Up-Cycled Button Container


Up-Cycled Button Container

I LOVE the buttons in the small “button containers” for around a dollar from Wal-mart and Michael’s – the ones with a plastic barrel and enormous button top – and I’ve saved all the empty containers with endless crafting possibilities in mind!

There are just so many uses for these little containers:

Decoratively store your buttons until you are ready to use them.  Try displaying them in an old shadow box!

  1. Decoratively store your tiny crafting materials (like those googley eyes that always end up EVERYWHERE) in the same manner.
  2. Use every part of the button container: Use the LARGE button top as a craft accent on a “Cute as a Button” photo frame or other button craft project.  Use the barrel of the container as a drawer organizer in a shallow drawer.  And finally use the ribbon as an ornament hanger.
  3. Turning the entire container into a sewing ornament with fabric, rick-rack, lace and buttons.
  4. What ideas can you come up with?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please take the time to leave me a comment.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Vintage Look-A-Likes: Mini Hat Pins & Mother’s Day Give-A-Way!


Vintage

Look-A-Likes:

Mini Hat Pins

I am so happy to say this was featured on Craft Gossip in the post More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!!!

These faux-vintage cuties inspired by real vintage hat pins are made using corsage pins or T pins and buttons or beads!  Pictured are a few I made to inspire you to make your very own set.

Vintage is all the rage now but I’ve long wanted my own set of old-fashioned hat pins.  I just haven’t yet scoured the antique shops to find them.  But with all the blogging and pinning on decorative straight pins my mind turned to making my own “look-a-likes” to grace my pin cushion.

You can use vintage (or vintage look) materials or “new-fangled” plastics to create your very own set of lovelies that are as unique as real hat pins.   Use beads and buttons and lace from your mother’s or grandmother’s stash to make a memory craft for your sisters, daughters, granddaughters or other family members.  Almost everyone has a place this small memory can be pinned – in a pin cushion, in the top of a photo frame, even in a hat (be careful not to get stuck!).

Like my tea-cup pin cushion?  A link for a similar project tutorial, a cookie cutter pincushion, is listed below.  Wouldn’t these make a nice Mother’s Day gift?

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-27-ladybug-cookie-cutter-pin-cushion/

MOTHER’S DAY GIVE-A-WAY: It being Mother’s Day I am giving away a “kit” with materials to make a dozen pins (does NOT include glue): corsage pins, T-pins, lace, beads, and seed beads.  Simply follow, rate,  pin or share this post then comment below letting me know you have done so.  My random number generator (a.k.a. my granddaughter) will choose a number for me and that person will win the “kit”.  Give-a-way ends tonight (May 13, 2012) at 12:00 midnight CST.

Ok, NO – NOT EVEN ONE – comments on Mother’s Day.  SO I will leave the give-a-way open until the Sunday AFTER – May 20th!  Still time for u to enter!

 Materials

  • Corsage pins, 2 inch
  • T-pins, 2 inch
  • Seed beads
  • Beads
  • Buttons, shank backed
  • Lace

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • Paint to match lace & buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Pin cushion

Costs: 

This is an “on-hand” project aimed at using up those bits & pieces you already have in your craft and sewing stash.  I had everything I needed already so the cost of all my mini hat pins was $0!

  • T-pins & corsage pins: $1 and up.
  • Beads & buttons: $1 and up.
  • Lace: $1 and up.

Skill Level: 

Novice to Expert and All Crafters In-between!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble materials. Dig in your stash for any stray beads and buttons. This is a great project to use “onlies” and beads from broken jewelry, vintage or modern!

Photo 2: I only had a few corsage pins on-hand so I added a bow to the top of a T-pin to be able to use these. These also worked really great for the buttons I used as it gives you a place to securely glue the button so it doesn’t slide around. Paint the “t” of the T pin to match your lace or the back of the button in order to make it less visible (optional). .Insert a T pin into the middle of a 2 inch piece of lace.  Skip this step with the corsage pins.

Photo 3: Tie a knot in the lace.

Photo 4: Apply a dab of E6000 glue to the top of the pin with a toothpick and thread on beads or buttons. Push it securely against the top of the pin.  Wipe of excess glue and hold it for a few seconds for the glue to set. Add a dab of glue before adding each bead. I used three beads on most pins but if you have small beads you may want to try five. Since the E6000 is not going to set hard as a rock immediately you have plenty of time to change your mind about the bead arrangement. Stick your pins in a pin cushion to allow them time to dry.   It will take about 12 hours for the glue to set permanently. And that’s it – your very own imitation hat pins are ready for display and gifting!

   

Photo 5: Once your Faux-Vintage Hat Pins are dry they are ready to package for gifting.

                                           

To gift your faux-vintage hat pins glue fabric to an index card. After the glue dries cut a piece of wide enough to hold three or more pins with pinking shears. Make a fold in the card and then insert the pins through it. So no one will get stuck, use E6000 glue to attach a large button to a round mini eraser, let dry overnight then stick it on the end of the pins.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.  Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts  a.k.a. melba

Easter Garland


Easter Garland Right Side Upper

Easter Garland

Were has the time “flown”? It seems like yesterday was Valentine’s Day! I wanted to share with you my Easter Garland. I’ve done tutorials on some of these and will post the last few after Easter so you can get a jump start on next year!

Why am I craft blogging on Easter? because I am “home alone 2″. I stayed at home on Christmas because I had just had surgery. Now I have planter fasciitis (inflammation of the covering of the muscle on the BOTTOM of the foot) and each step is so painful (even with that drated boot!) that I didn’t go to Easter dinner either. So y’all eat some ham and coconut cake for me!

I hope everyone has had a Blessed Easter!

buggaalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Mother’s Day Crafts: Mini Button Flowers in a Mini Clay Pot & Button Words


Mother’s Day Crafts: Mini Button Flowers in a Pot & Button Words

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you are a teacher (Sunday School or grade school) it’s time to start thinking about what craft the children will do for that special woman in thier lives – mother or grandmother.

Here are two simple crafts suitable for pre-school and the lower elementary grades.

 

 

Mini Button Flowers in a Mini Clay Pot

I used muted colors on this project but you can use any color scheme you desire  to make this project a little extra special I used vintage lace and buttons.  You could even ask your students to bring in a small piece of trim and buttons that belonged to their grandmother.

Materials

  • Mini clay pat
  • Paint
  • Varnish
  • Lace
  • Buttons
  • Moss
  • Bamboo skewers or other thin wood stick
  • Green trim for leaves (rick-rack, lace, ribbon)
  • Mini silk flowers
  • Small foam letters
  • Glue

 

Instructions

  1. Paint clay pot.  Paint rim a contrasting color.  Allow to dry then varnish.
  2. Paint foam letters with the color used on rim.
  3. Glue trim on rim.  Glue buttons evenly spaced around rim.
  4. Glue “Mom” on pot.
  5. Paint skewers (or sticks from bottle rockets) green.
  6. Remove flower heads from the stems.  Discard plastic center.
  7. Glue flower heads on a small circle of cardstock that is the same color as the flower head.
  8. Glue buttons in the center of the flower.
  9. After it is dry glue it to the green “stem” for leaves.
  10. Once dry tie on small pieces of green trim Insert a fall of moss into pot.
  11. Plant the “flowers” in the pot.

 

Button Word

The second project is very simple.  You can use pre-painted wooden words or let the children paint unfinished ones.  Again, any color scheme can be used.

Materials

  • Wooden “word” (Friends, Love, Laugh, etc.)
  • Paint
  • Buttons
  • Glue

Instructions

  • Paint the “word” if needed and allow to dry.
  • Glue the buttons on the “word” arranging buttons in a pleasing pattern.

 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

Mini Bunny Hug Wreath


Mini Bunny Hug Wreath

I found an Easter Egg Decorating Kit at the Dollar Tree last week and immediately said “I can make something with that!”. So here it is, my Mini Bunny Hug Wreath!

This would be a great craft for the kids.  It is easy and inexpensive.  No-one will guess that this is an up-cycled shower curtain ring!

Materials

  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Quilt Batting
  • Egg Decorating Kit
  • White Pom-Poms
  • Pastel Buttons
  • Rick-Rack

Instructions

  • Wrap shower curtain ring with quilt batting and torn fabric strips.  See my previous post “Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath” (link below) for instructions.
  • Cut a short piece of the strip that is designed to wrap around an egg.  Glue it to the wreath before gluing the bunny paws to the wreath.  Glue a rick-rack strip on top of this.  Glue a nesting set of buttons in the middle.
  • Glue the bunny parts from the kit on the wreath like the bunny is hugging the wreath.
  • Glue buttons on the bunny’s paws.
  • Add a rick-rack bow with a small button centered on it to the base of one of the bunny’s ears.
  • Glue a white pom-pom on the bottom of the wreath.

 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

Easter Egg Craft Foam Wreath


Easter Egg Craft Foam Wreath

This is my Easter Wreath this year.  I found the craft foam egg wreath at Wal-Mart for 97 cents.  I had all the lace, trim, ribbon, stickers, buttons, and another embellishments on-hand.

It is very simple and lots of fun.  You can decorate it i with almost anything!  Plus it will be a snap to store as it will lay flat.

The wreath was also available in bunnies and I belive also came with chicks.

Thanks for taking a look.  What kind of wreath have you done for spring or Easter?

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

 

 

 

Foam Shamrock Crafts


Foam Shamrock Crafts

Feeling Lucky This Month?

The shamrock has long been used to explain the Trinity and even Saint Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to teach the then pagan Irish about the three persons of God.   

Wearing & displaying shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have come to symbolize Saint Patrick’s Day.

Use foam shamrock shapes and embellishments to create ornaments for a seasonal tree or wreath, lapel pins, magnets, or bookmarks.

This craft is easy enough for kids and the variations of designs are infinite therefore interesting to a wide range of ages. 

 

Foam Shamrock Crafts

 

Materials

  • Foam clovers, assorted colors and sizes
  • Craft foam, assorted shades of green
  • Green glitter foam
  • White & green foam heart stickers (glitter & plain)
  • Trim: rick-rack, lace, ribbon
  • Embellishments: buttons (green & white), lady bugs, pompoms, etc.
  • Thin white ribbon for hanger
  • Tie tack pin backs
  • Magnets

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Foam glue
  • Heart punch, assorted sizes
  • Paint brush or cotton swab

Instructions

The craft projects in the post are all based on the same basic design.  Instead of doing a step-by-step tutorial I am going to post a few simple directions then I am going to post a number of photos with design variations.

  1. The base shamrock is reinforced by backing with green (use a different shade than the base) or white craft foam or by adding foam hearts or smaller shamrocks (use a different color than the base) to the front of the project.
  2. The center of the shamrock is embellished with a bow and topped with a button or ladybug.
  3. It is important to get a flat bow for the center.  Otherwise the center embellishment will not lay flat.  To get a flat bow do not pull the ends tight.  Leave the bow loosely tied and then flatten the center.
  4. A ladybug may be added to a leaf for extra interest. 
  5. Other tips are included in the caption of each photo.

 Notes

  • When applying glue spread it on with a cotton swab. 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts 

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 19: Cookie Cutter Shaped Note Cards


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 19: 
Cookie Cutter Shaped Note Cards

Make a one-of-a-kind note card to send to a friend or create a set of cards for a unique, inexpensive, quick & easy gift. 

This is a great craft for adult and kids alike.  On the next rainy day let your young ones make several sets of unique handmade greeting cards for your last minute gift stash.

  • Versatile & Inexpensive: Your imagination and whatever arts & crafts materials you have lying around the house are the only limits in making and decorating these cards!
  • Easy to Customize for the Holiday and/or the Recipient:  Make a dog bone shaped card for the dog lover on your Christmas card list.  Use ribbon roses, buttons, and lace to make a Victorian heart for your old fashioned Valentine. “Bake” (make) up a batch of sugar cookies for your baking obsessed friend. 
  • Recycle & Reuse:  Give old Christmas & other cards and other cardboard materials a new life.
  • Easy & Fun For All Ages:  This project can easily be adapted to any skill level, from beginner to experienced card maker.  Create a simple shaped note card or a more complex card with inserts in the middle. 

 Materials

  • Blank note card
  • Unlined index card
  • Cardstock or old Christmas/other cards
  • Trims & embellishments
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Stickers, glitter, tissue paper, etc.

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Stick glue
  • White glue
  • Decorative scissors
  • Large cookie cutter

Instructions

The photo tutorial below is for a “sandwiched” or a three layered card created with a blank note card and an index card.

Photo 1: Assemble materials. You will need a blank note card (red) and an unlined index card to make the middle of the card (white). Choose the biggest cutter that fits on the card. Insert the white card into the red outer card. Place the top of cutter along the folded edge of the card and trace the cookie cutter.

Photo 2: Use deckle scissors or pinking shears to cut out all three layers at one time.

Photo 3: Punch two holes in the top of the card through all three layers. Then thread trim through the holes and tie off.

Photo 4: Decorate front as desired and then write your message on the white inner card. Repeat as needed to make the desired number of cards.

Photo 5: Glue tan or brown cardstock on the front of a blank card. Then trace and cut out a gingerbread boy. Next add a white “icing” decorations made with white cardstock to create a gingerbread cookie card.

Photo 6: Write your message on the inside of the card.

Photo 7: Recycle an old Christmas, birthday, etc. card by tracing a shape on the front of the card.

Alternatives

  • Alternate “Sandwich” Card:  Another method of creating a three layered card is to use two SEPARATE pieces of colored cardstock for the outer layers (instead of a colored blank card) and unlined index card (for the inside layer).  Stack the three pieces of cardstock.  Trace the cookie cutter on the top layer. Then cut out the three separate layers at one time.  You will then need to join the layers.  Punch two holes in the top of the card through all three layers at the same time with a two hole punch.  Then thread trim through the holes and tie off.  Decorate front as desired and then write your message on the white inner card.
  • Recycle Old Cards:  Recycle an old Christmas, birthday, and etc. card by tracing a cookie cutter shape on the front of the card.  Pair it with a piece of plain cardstock or other white cardboard for the back card and cut out the two layers at the same time.  Punch holes in the top of the two shapes and join them together with ribbon or other trim.
  • Create Your Own Blank Note Card:   Instead of using a pre-made card make your own by taking folding a half sheet of cardstock in half.
  • Inserts:  Have more than one sentiment to express?  Then don’t limit yourself to just a single middle layer!
  • Decorating Suggestions:  Attach small pieces of party streamers or tissue paper in a pattern to create a mosaic.  Make a “Sugar Cookie” Cookie Cutter Card by cutting a shape from a tan or brown card as a base and then cutting a slightly smaller white icing shape from white cardstock.  Glue it on top of the tan card and then decorate with paper “sprinkles”.
  • Materials:  Use crayons, markers, stickers, alphabet stickers, glitter glue, etc. to decorate the card.  Consider using craft foam to create and/or decorate a card.
  • Sandpaper Gingerbread Man Card:  For directions on creating a gingerbread man out of sandpaper click on this link:  http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/mr-sandman-661508/

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts

Another Valentine Craft: Mini Valentine’s Button Grapevine Wreath


Mini Valentine’s Button Grapevine Wreath

I found these darling little heart shaped buttons at Hobby Lobby the other day and just had to get them to make a couple of these wreaths.

I had made one with regular buttons and it came out super cute so I knew this one would be darling too – and it is!  This was a hard craft to get  good photo of – the Glitter Mod Podge creates tons of sparkles on “film”.

This can also just as easily be a Christmas or other holiday ornament. Keep an eye out for the Mardi Gras and Easter wreaths in a post coming soon.

Materials:

  • Mini grapevine wreaths
  • Red rick-rack
  • Glitter Mod Podge
  •  Mini glittery foam hearts

Costs:

  • The buttons are $1.99 a package.  I bought 2 packs because I wanted to use them for several crafts.
  • I had the grapevine wreaths, rick-rack, Mod Podge, and tiny white buttons on-hand.

Instructions:

  1. Attach mini hearth shaped & round buttons and mini hearts with Glitter Mod Podge and let dry.  Drizzle the Mod Podge over the wreath and attach the buttons randomly.
  2. Suspend a couple of heart shaped mini cookie cutters with narrow white ribbon and tie on the wreath to dangle down in the center of the wreath.
  3. Next tie some red rick-rack on the wreath and make a bow.
  4. Add a couple of homemade heart shaped sugar cookies to the top of the wreath (punch a heart shape from tan craft foam and then a smaller one from white or red craft foam and glue together.).
  5. Display your wreaths:  Suspend from a curtain rod on ribbon or fishing line.  Attach a ribbon to either side and use as a curtain tie.  Tie on a wreath or garland.

ALTERNATIVES:

  • Wrap the wreath with lace before gluing on vintage buttons in assorted colors.
  • Use mini shells in the place of buttons.  Add a gauzey gold ribbon.

 

Mini Grapevine Wreath With Vintage Buttons

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