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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.


  • 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


  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.

Handmade Cardinal Die Cut


Handmade Cardinal Die Cut

I love cardinals so when I found the instructions on how to make these cute little red birds on-line at Blinkin’, Thinkin’, & Inkin’ I had to make them and adapted the instructions to fit my purposes.  My birds are a little bigger than then ones by Ellen so if you need some tee-tiny ones check out her directions.

They are super easy, super cheap, and super cute!

They would be adorable perched on a fence, branch, or highline wire on a handmade winter greeting card.


  • Red cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock

Also needed

  • 1 inch scalloped circle punch
  • Hole punch
  • Mini heart punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Red ink pad – 2 shades
  • Black permanent marker

Photo Tutorial

Thanks for taking a look and as always I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Valentine Gingerbread Angel Revisited


Valentine Gingerbread Angels Revisited

Christmas is over and my mind has turned towards late winter and spring crafting.  So last night after making several examples of one of my last year’s Valentine project, Gingerbread Angels, for a friend on Listia I decided to re-work the project.  The wings just don’t look right to me – maybe if the hearts making the wings were larger?   I set myself to ponder the matter and it didn’t take very long!

That’s because recently my eyes were opened to the infinite ways your punches can be used other than to just punch out the same old boring shapes.  See my Pinterest board Using Your Stampin Up Bird Punch for the examples of creative uses for a bird punch that inspired me.

So giving the desire to re-work the angel’s wings and my newly acquired punching skills I quickly came up with a punch to use – ok, it was the first punch I picked up but I did have to play around with it for a few minutes!!!  A cameo punch cut in half turned out to be perfect to give my baby Gingerbread Angel flight!

Here are photos and instructions for the newly designed wings.  Please take a minute or two to look at the old tutorial, Gingerbread Angels, as there are some good suggestions there and some tips to make this project without having the punches I used.


  • Light brown cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Pink or red cardstock
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Baby rick-rack or other trims
  • Narrow ribbon

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • EK Success Large Slim Paper Punch – Gingerbread Man
  • Fiskars large squeeze punch – 2” cameo
  • Heart punch (0.25 inch)
  • Small diameter hole punch (1/4th inch)
  • Glue stick, Elmer’s purple
  • White glue

Photo Tutorial

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.   

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Thanks again. 

“You Warm My Heart!” Cocoa Packs

You Warm My Heart Cocoa Packs“You Warm My Heart!” Cocoa Packs

I came up with these little goodie packs for our Santa Shop at my granddaughter’s school.   Our best sellers are mugs and all the kids want one for their mother, father or grandparent.  These packs made the best little accompaniment to the mugs.  They are very simple to put together and inexpensive.   They were about 33₵ to 45₵ each.  I also did up some packs as a little token of appreciation for the school’s staff.

Adding a homemade cookie or two would make this a perfect little take-home party favor for your holiday party or a cheap bulk Christmas gift for those you need to just give a “little something” too.  Pair it with a holiday snowman mug.

Materials Needed

  • Cocoa packs
  • Candy canes
  • Snowmen marshmallows
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 3×4 zip lock bags (craft bags)
  • Treat bags (clear or snow print)
  • Ties: chenille stems, tri-color yarn, ribbon
  • White cardstock
  • Red cardstock

Also Needed

  • Tag punch
  • Heart punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Bamboo skewer


  1. Wash hands well and assemble supplies.
  2. Break the cinnamon sticks in half if they are too long.  Then if they are too “fat” insert a knife in the center of the curls and twist to split them in two.
  3. Put two or three marshmallows in each small zip lock bag.  If you can’t find snowmen marshmallows use plain or make a marhmallow snowman for each bag.  Search the internet – I found a whole flock (herd? gaggle? troop?) of different marshmallow snowmen crafts on Goggle from the simple to complex.
  4. On your computer open a document and make a label that will fit your tag punch or that’s at least 2×4 inches.  I used a candy cane font in red to type the words “You warm my _ .” leaving a blank space for a heart punch.  Print tags.
  5. Punch the tags and the hearts.  If you don’t have a tag punch then handcut the tags.
  6. Glue the hearts on the tags.
  7. Punch holes in the ends of each tag.
  8. Place a cocoa packet, cinnamon stick, candy cane and marshmallow pack in each goodie bag.   I used full size canes for the bags I gave the staff.
  9. Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.
  10. Tie the trim around the bag and attach the tag to the ends.  I cut chenille stems in half to use as the ties.  After twisting the chenille stem around the bag insert both ends through the hole in a tag.  I then bent the ends of the stem back on itself to eliminate any sharp ends that might poke someone.  Lastly I curled the ends around a bamboo skewer.
  11. I also used tri-color yarn to tie off some of the bags.   Tie a bow and then knot a tag on one end of the yarn.
  12. Place bags in a basket and they are ready to gift!
Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.

Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.

Thanks for taking a look.  As always I’d love to hear from you.  

Scandia Jul Chipboard Ornaments

002Scandia Jul Chipboard Ornaments

Scandinavian style decorating is such a popular theme this year that I couldn’t resist buying some “Making Materials” when I saw these on CLEAREANCE on Oriental Trading!   I can’t say that the way I decorated my ornaments is in anyway at all authentic.  I looked extensively on-line but did not find any pre-made ornaments or tutorials on this style of ornament.   What gives there?  So here is MY version of these ornaments!  There are so many ways to go with these items that I haven’t even explored them all yet!   So check back and see what photos I’ve added.

 “Making Materials”:

 Also Needed:

  • Foam Glue
  • Plaid engine red (2702) shiny craft paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Wood Skewer


Chip Art Assortment: 

  1. Trace the shape of the chipboard item on the paper.  I like the lines of the paper skewed a little so they are not vertical or horizontal.   Be sure that you turn the paper over for the “other side” of the ornament or your shape will not face the right way.
  2. Paint the edges of the ornament to coordinate with the paper.  I choose red.
  3. Cut out the 2 sides of the ornament.
  4. If there is not a hole to thread and ornament hanger through screw an eye hook into the top of the ornament so it hangs evenly.  Be sure this is a SMALL eyehook so it won’t split the ornament.  Add a large jump ring.
  5. Glue (Mod Podge) the paper shape to one side of the ornament and allow it to dry.
  6. Repeat Mod Podge coat if needed.
  7. Repeat both steps for the other side.
  8. After both sides are dry cut tri-color trim (ribbon, rick-rack, yarn, etc.) and thread the trim through the jump ring.
  9. Thread a red or green bead on the trim. If you don’t have a red or green beads simply thread any wood bead on a chopstick and paint it. Allow to dry, repeat coat if needed.
  10. Settle the bead over the eyehook, flush with the ornament.
  11. Tie a knot right above the bead and slowly pull it tight.  Insert an ornament hook before you tighten the knot completely.
  12. Another alternative is to simply thread tri-color yarn through the hanger hole then tie a loose bow.  Tie jingle bells on the ends of the yarn.

“Wood-tone” Die Cuts: 

  1. I tried the rub-on cross-stich stickers with the Ornament Decorating Set but just was not happy with how they showed up.  They were really light on the “wood-tone” ornaments and you can’t see them very well.  They would show up better on a white ornament and I plan to try this later.
  2. Punch shapes from the scrapbook paper and glue them on the ornaments.  I use a wood skewer to apply dots of glue.
  3. Accent with the rhinestones from the Ornament Decorating Set.
  4. Thread tri-color trim through the hanger holes in the ornaments and then tie a knot.  Insert an ornament hook before you tighten the knot completely.
  5. If desired, thread a red or green bead on the trim before knotting.  Or tie bells on the loose ends of the trim.

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Thanks for taking a look.  I’d love to hear your comments.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

005Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

In my e-mail this week was an awesome project from Crafts By Amanda that I just HAD to try right away – – –   Paint Stick Snowmen.  As you can tell by my title (and because I’m me) I made some changes.  I think both projects look great and what I love the best about crafting is the fact that you can take a pattern or tutorial and do something a little bit different and personalize the project.  It impresses me that there are just so many ways to go when you first look at a project.

I didn’t do a photo tutorial but this is a simple fairly straight forward project.  Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial if you get lost.

These would look great on a seasonal tree in January. I see white bark and white lights.


  • Craft sticks
  • Homespun fabric
  • Embroidery thread
  • Whole peppercorns
  • Mini buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Snow scene “fabric” or quilt batting

Also Needed

  • White craft glue
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Orange marker
  • White paint


  1. Paint the craft sticks white and allow them to dry.  I used two coats.  On some of the sticks I use some white fine glitter paint over the last coat to add some sparkle to the ornaments.  I’d recommend 2 coats of this for maximum effect!
  2. Break off about a third of the toothpick.  Then color it orange with the permanent marker.  This is much easier than getting the paint out and making a mess!  I also like Amanda’s idea of using an orange toothpick and I have some colored toothpick on-hand but wouldn’t you know it there are no orange ones!
  3. Cut a 2 inch by 2 inch square from the material.  I like the way homespun fabric drapes and how flannel looks but you can use any you have on hand.
  4. Glue the square to the top of the craft stick to make the hat.  See Amanda’s excellent tutorial for how to do this.  I found that doublestick tape works really well for attaching the fabric when you are doing a bunch – and it eliminates drying time!   But when you tie off the hat with the embroidery thread leave long tail ends and tie them in a knot so you will have a hanger.  I forgot to do that with mine so will have to go back and attach a loop.
  5. Cut a one half inch strip of the snow “fabric” and glue it to the bottom of the cap.  Then trim the end off.
  6. See Amanda tutorial and read the comments for some additional hat ideas.
  7. Cut (or tear) a one inch strip of homespun fabric for the scarf.  Tie it around the snowman’s “neck” and then fringe the ends.  How long you want your scarf is up to you.  I prefer a short scarf.
  8. Apply 2 dots of glue with the bamboo skewer for the eyes (cut the sharp tip off if kids are doing this project) and then glue on two peppercorns.
  9. Apply a line of glue for the nose and glue down the orange toothpick piece to finish the carrot nose.  You could also cut a nose out of orange craft foam.
  10. Apply 5 dots of glue for the mouth and glue down 5 peppercorns.
  11. Glue 2 or 3 mini buttons on the snowman’s “body”.
  12. Let dry completely and the hang on the tree.

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love to hear your comments! 

Buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Mini Beaded Candy Cane Earrings

Mini Beaded Candy Cane Earrings

Made from just seven beads these mini canes are the perfect holiday earrings for a young girl or any time you just want a hint of bling.

The real beauty of these little earrings is there are so many variations you can make  – change the color – or the direction – or the length – or just make as many pairs in as different ways you can dream up!  I’ve listed a few below to get you started.


  • Any Color Combination: Why stick with the traditional candy cane color combinations of red & white or red & green? Candy canes now come in so many different colors so why not make a pair to coordinate with every holiday outfit!
  • Any Size: Use a longer  headpin and more beads for longer earrings.  Use a different size bead for a more delicate or heavier look.
  • Any Direction: Turn your canes upside down to make a “J” for a “Jesus Cane”. Substitute an eyepin for the headpin to give you a ready to hang loop at the “bottom” of the cane.
  • Any Materials: Don’t have      headpins, eyepins or the like on-hand? Simply substitute a 2 inch piece of jewelry wire. Experiment with materials to achieve different looks – acrylic or glass beads – faceted or smooth – round or square.


Why only use these cute little canes to make earrings?  Like real candy canes they have a bevy of uses.  I’ve listed a few below to get you started.  I’d love to hear about how you’d use these beauties in your crafting this season!


  • Beaded Charm Pin:  “String” them as charms on a coil-less safety pin along with some beads.
  • Decorate a Dollhouse For Christmas:   Hang on the tree or have thempeeking out of a doll’s stockings.
  • Greeting Card Embellishments & Bonus Gift:  Attach a pair to a handmade greeting card with removable glue dots to serve as both!
  • Decorate a Christmas Scrapbook Page:   Hang them all in a row on a paper chimney to add some dimension to your page.
  • Wine charms:  Attach them to a wire hoop earring along with a few beads.
  • Dress Up a Pillar Candle:  Attach a dozen with a beaded pin made by gluing a small bead to a regular straight pin.
  • Decorate a Twig Tree:  Stick a twig from the garden in a rock filled container and hang some of the longer baby canes from the bare branches.


  • Four 4 mm Red Beads
  • Three 4 mm Green Beads
  • Two 1½ Inch Headpins
  • Two Fishhook Earring Wires
  • Two Jump Rings

Also Needed

  • Round  Nose Pliers

Photo Tutorial

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buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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

Curtain Ring Ornament Revisited: Gingerbread

Curtain Ring Ornament Revisited: Gingerbread

Back in January I did a tutorial on curtain ring ornaments and as July is the start of the Christmas crafting season I have revisited the craft for Christmas.  I LOVE gingerbread and sugar cookies so I went with a Gingerbread Theme!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and I welcome your comments and suggestions!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Gingerbread Curtain Ring Ornament


  • Wood Curtain Ring
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Gingerbread Button
  • Assorted Buttons: Heart, Mini White
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Narrow Rick-Rack
  • Embellishments: Tiny Cookie Cutters, Candy Canes, Merry Christmas, etc.
  • Jump Rings

Also Needed

  • White Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint: Gingerbread Brown, Antique Copper Metallic
  • Jump Ring Opener (optional)

BoTTle ChArMs

BoTTle ChArMs

This spring I found some really cute colored bottles with clear plastic daisy “charms”... and I wanted more, more, and even more – – – BUT of my OWN design and my OWN price of course!

So, the “bottle idea” that has slowly been simmering in the back of my head since February (and YES, that IS spring in Louisiana!) has FINALLY spring-ed sprung forth!

After several “comme ci, comme ça” (which is just about the extent on my high school French) attempts at using wire to attach beads or charms to bottles the perfect solution struck me – WINE CHARMS!

AND for further “wowzers”, I actually had some on hand AND I could put my stubby crafty little fingers on them! Well I finished off that package up in one sitting “sew” it was time to start looking for more charm rings and thought maybe, just MAYBE, I could make some of my own?

So, heigh-ho, heigh-ho it’s off to the web I go!  A search turned up several wine charm ring tutorials from wire loop earrings and memory wire and I had the further idea to use chain in place of the ring.

With the addition of a few fresh seasonal flowers wouldn’t these make adorable party decorations – any where from sweetly old-fashinned to casual to sime-formal?  I can see them as individual place setting decorations & take-home-party-favors for a wedding or shower.  Fill the bottles with colored water.  For Thanksgiving or a fall party group an old number of bottles of differing heights in the center of a round table for a greater impact as a centerpiece.  For a rectangular candle place a rattan table runner (or four placemats) down the center of the table.  For a beach wedding or party stagger bottles of differing heights, add water or sand and flowers to the bottles and lay sea shells & starfish, fishnet, etc. among the bottles.  The possibilities are endless!  You can even add paper hearts or other shapes on a bamboo skewer cut to fit the bottles.

B.T.W.: Did you know you can EASILY clean old bottles with SALT WATER? This tip comes courtesy of my friend Maggie. Pour about a half teaspoon of salt in the bottle and fill with warm water. Shake up and then let sit (I waited overnight). Then simple empty the salt water and rinse out with warm water. The air dry and your bottle should sparkle like new! I REALLY like that you do not have to rinse and rinse and rinse some more to get the soap residue out of the bottle.


  • Wine charm rings
  • Wire loop earrings
  • Memory wire
  • Chain
  • Small round beads
  • Seed beads
  • Charms
  • Old or broken jewelry:  beaded or charm bracelets, chains, necklaces and chain bracelets
  • Jump rings

 Also needed 

  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Round tip pliers (optinal)
  • Small bottles & vases

Costs: This is a great rainy day activity and “use-it-up craft” to make something with the odd bottles & vases (new or old) and those odd & end pieces of jewelry, charms and beads you have laying around the house!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble supplies.


Photo 2: Add beads and a charm to the charm ring or hoop earring . If the ring is not big enough to close around the bottle extend the ring a little with jump rings!

Photo 3: As you can see darker beads show up better on clear bottles. White and translucent light colors will disappear against the clear glass. Use light colored beads on amber or other dark colored bottles.

Photo 4: Another alternative is to use chain. This actually is an old chain bracelet with a charm added.

Photo 5: The back of the bracelet closes with a toggle clasp.

Photo 6: You can even make your own chain by joining split ring jump rings!

Photo 7: I joined the jump ring chain on this bottle with a short piece of torn fabric and then knotted it. The bottle actually has a chip in the lip (say that five times fast!).

Photo 8: Add a key charm and you have the finished product. The fabric “knot” totally hides the chip!

Photo 9: Canalize old bracelets for beads and charms! I got two bottle charms out of one old bracelet I got on sale for $1 years ago. I never wore it and it came in handy for this project. Note that oval or rectangle beads with a horizontal hole can only be strung on flexible wire.

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial on decorating your bottle with bottle charms. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that you have great sucess in decoraing som four your windowsill . If you have any questions or if ANYthing is not clear, please let me know in a comment so that I can improve the tutorial.

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