Kids Crafts: Buttons

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Sorted Button Valentine by Hands on as we Grow

Sorted Button ValentineHands On as we Grow

 Buttons come in so many shapes and sizes lately, you’re bound to find something to fit your child’s personality. Whether they’re old enough to learn to sew (buttons are a great place to start) or just love the feel, there are plenty of button crafts out there for your little one.

Homemade Knitting Needles with Dowels and Buttons. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Kid Friendly Knitting Needles

Use buttons at the ends of these knitting needles for a fun embellishment that fits your child’s personality. They’ll love using their personal knitting needles to learn how to knit!

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For the love of Buttons

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

When I was a little girl, my mother had a crystal bonbon dish on her dresser filled with every color and size of button imaginable. I loved to stare at it, sitting up there with her perfume and her jewelry box. And I loved it even better when she would take it down and let me dump it out and play with all those buttons. Its led to an adult case of button love. And since my kids still play with that same crystal jar full of buttons (although the buttons are, I think, different these days) it’s probably genetic.

I love finding buttons in crafts. Buttons AS crafts. These days buttons come in SO many shapes and colors and styles that there really seems to be a button for every craft. A button for everything. I mean, look at these awesome DIY shrinky dink buttons. SO CUTE. And infinitely customizable.

This shirt with it’s swath of buttons is, frankly, genius. Not only does it turn something boring ( a white tee) into something fun a cool, it’s also a good stain coverup tool. Think of all the shirts you could save with the addition of some button decorations on it!

And clearly, this teeny button on a boutonniere is just, georgours. Perfect touch.

Sometimes, the button itself is the art. Is the craft. Theses button drawings are gorgeous, and wonderful, and whimsical.

Tell us some of your best button crafts so we can add them to the pinboards! And don’t forget to check out our Craft Trends Board for more great button related ideas!

Buttons

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By Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Contributor Jennifer, from the blog “So Many Products, So Little Time”.

Buttons are one of my favorite embellishments to use – they are very versatile, not very expensive and they come in every color under the sun. They can also be dressed up, but that is for another post. On this project I grabbed a handful of green buttons and went to work. In my organization process I haven’t sorted my buttons by color yet, but instead keep them in a variety of jars and buckets and enjoy digging thru them to find what I’m looking for. Some people do sort their buttons by color and that works well too. Do whatever works for your creative process. I used a variety of shades and sizes and used a lighter green thread to tie them all together.

To create the card:

I selected a lightly patterned brown paper for my card base. You can use any color of patterned paper or cardstock for this. Each color will set a slightly different mood to the card.

I cut the tree from my patterned paper, but if you do not have one that is preprinted, you can easily make your own tree by tracing ttree and trunks shapes onto paper. I like things that are quick and easy…so I cheat when I can and cut directly from the patterned paper.

Adhere alphabet stickers to spell your sentiment.

Using green thread, thread thru each button hole, tying a knot on the back. Here is where I cheat again. Instead of threading them thru the paper, I use my favorite adhesive…Glue Dots! Adhere the threaded buttons to the tree and you are done!

Buttons Galore, Dritz Embellishments… Oh my!

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Trent Jaxon.

Brrrrr Crafters! It’s cold outside. My motto has always been: when the weather decides to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow that means it’s time to sew, time to sew, time to sew!

2011 is bringing us some great things for the textile inclined. For starters there is some amazing fabric out there. But I will save that for a different time. Let’s look at some hot new notions and threads that will totally kick your haberdashery.

Let’s start with cutting. There is a great new ruler from Sullivan’s that is edged with a diamond grit paper. This awesome new innovation sharpens your rotary blade while you cut. It’s a great and easy way to make the most out of your blades. Couple that with a needle sharpening mat from USA Sharpeners and you are going to get a huge bang for your buck.

Next, on to quilt tools. As a new generation of quilters is expanding their skills, things like English Paper Piecing are coming back to the forefront. This more advanced skill can be made easier using precut shapes. Paper Pieces has stepped forward to provide a great line of products to help you. Expect to see more tools and supplies like these for your more advanced projects including free motion quilting and hand appliqué.

There are always a ton of embellishments out there but there are a couple of continuing trends to look at. The first is buttons. Expect to see colorful buttons on everything from clothes to home décor to quilts. Buttons Galore has been a great resource for these bold pieces of fabric flare. They have some new color combinations to take a look at. For more traditional buttons Blumenthal just did a re-release of their slimline button series. They have condensed and reorganized their offering to include just the most popular sizes and colors to make shopping for that perfect match, that much easier.

The next are pre-made embellishments. A brand, new product line to see are the new Sew On Soft Touches embellishments from Dritz. They have both jewels and premade fabric embellishments. These are a great and quick way to add a little touch of awesome to your projects.

If you want to make your own bit of awesome check out the new Flower Frill templates from Clover. These are a great addition to their already established line of embellishment templates.

As you can see this is going to be a great year for sewing! I am excited to see what the rest of the year has in store. And stay tuned as next time we will be looking at this year’s hottest new fabrics to use with all of these wonderful notions. Until then…

Keep It Trenty!

Quick Clips: Ribbons and Buttons and Hairclips! Oh My!

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Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

After building myself (and my daughter) a brand spanking new hair clip holder last week, I set out to fill it with, well, hairclips. And as always, I was astounded by the price of clips in stores. Now I know very well that I could make the clips myself, but I don’t always have the time to carefully wrap each clip with ribbon and embroidered little doo dads to stitch on top. But I do, I realized, have time for hot glue. So with a selection of ribbons, plain hairclips, buttons that match my daughters fall wardrobe (she’s into orange and green at the moment) I set off on a fifteen minute-hair clip extravaganza.

The key to this is to have all your supplies ready. And that doesn’t need to be hard. Next time you’re ordering supplies or shopping at your craft or fabric store, grab a few rolls of inexpensive, sold by the spool ribbon and a few packages of buttons that coordinate with the colors your child wears the most. I generally keep a selection of thin ribbon in a variety of colors around for general pony tail and or braid tying so I’ve gotten into the habit of grabbing a spool here and there when I see it on sale. Another great source is scrapbooking supplies. I picked up a bag of cardboard diecuts for this go round and loved the result.

Likewise, grab a package of plain hairclips of the variety that work best for your child’s hair. Personally I love the look of alligator clips but they do not stay in my daughter’s hair, nor do those cute little dinky bendy barrettes. For my purposes, I have to stick with the full sized bendy clips which, while not the cutest things in the world, offer a lot of surface area for decorations and stay all day and into the night in her hair.

With your glue gun ready, spread your supplies out and go to work. Mix and match and stack and glue the buttons and ribbons in different combinations. If you have a pigtail girl and are making two of each, be sure to flip the clip on one so you have mirror images. At the end of ten minutes or so you should have a nice pile of hairclips that will last you well into the fall months.

A few notes about the project, roughing up the back of the buttons and the tops of the clips with a little sandpaper can help the glue adhere more securely. You can also use a strong craft glue for this project, allowing, of course, for a longer dry time. And speaking of dry times, dont forget to be aware of your work surface when using hot glue. I glued a few clips to the table while pressing the button on. Good thing hot glue scrapes off easily!

Snowman Season

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Snowman Season Card

Who doesn’t love building a cute snowman or receiving a fun snowman card?  This card is a fun way to use your basic shaped dies to create an inlaid circle which forms the snowman and the front of the card.  Now, go get your circle dies from Create for Less and let’s begin!

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

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I’m especially excited to decorate for the holidays this year because my husband and I are moving into our first house this week and hosting family and friends for Christmas! Things have been a bit hectic as you can imagine, but holiday crafting is still a pretty big priority since we’ll have company arriving in just nine days. I’m sharing some of my favorite holiday crafts to inspire you to make your home extra special this holiday season.

This layered canvas wreath is one of my all time favorite holiday wreaths. I made a similar one last year as a present for my sister using leftover scraps of card stock and blue and brown felt – because I didn’t have canvas on hand at the time. I just love all the colors and buttons.

 

Canvas Layers Holiday WreathAlisa Burke

 

I’ve been saving wine bottles since Thanksgiving to recycle into some beautiful table center pieces like these. Rosemary grows like a weed in Portland, so I like to trim the bushes and use rosemary stalks and holly branches in mine.

Altered Bottles – A TutorialSweet Something Designs

I’m always looking for a simple but unique window display – this one will definitely brighten your home from the inside and out. I especially like how inexpensive this one is to make. You might even have all the materials on hand. It’s also a great way to reuse extra ornaments.

Decorating with OrnamentsThe Budget Decorator

This snowy village is brilliant. I’m definitely going to try make some of these for my mantel display. I bet it would look great with accents of colored glitter as well.

Snowy Dollar VillageShabby Sweet Cottage

I make a few new yarn based wreaths every year, one for the door, another for over the mantle and extras for friends. Isn’t this design gorgeous? I especially like the addition of the little artificial bird. I’m always looking for a new way to use these.

Christmas Wreath – June Crafts, Kayanna 

These sock snow people are adorable and easy to make. Kids can even help with this one, by designing their own sock snow boys and girls. Great inexpensive decorating idea and such a fun way to use your socks!

Sock Snow PeopleTiny Bitz of Me

For more holiday decorating ideas, check out  Pine Cone Crafts  , Christmas Peppermint Stick Centerpiece, and Teeny Tiny Snow Village.

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