I strive to feed my creative hunger, and I try to encourage the same to my two young girls. You are welcome to check out our projects and activities - they are usually simple and inexpensive. Because life is as "Fun As You Make It".
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Today's Inspiration III: Got Buttons?
Back at Christmas in 2008, I made a batch of apple butter in honor of my mother-in-law. She had introduced me to it the summer prior, and when the holidays rolled around, I figured that would make a thoughtful, homemade gift for her to enjoy past the holidays. Then, for Christmas 2009, she filled the same jelly jar with a giant bunch of funky buttons for me to ooh and ahh over.
Surprisingly, it only took me 5 months to make something with them! Thanks to Amy Cluck's tutorial on Style Crush, I put together a cute creation that I sent to my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.
Very simply, pick out any buttons that stack up (snipping off the 'shank' on the back of the button if necessary) and glue them in size order on a ring form. You can pick up a ring form at any crafting store that sells jewelry making supplies. Then let your masterpiece dry. Told you it was simple!
Just to make the presentation a little fancier before sending it in the clear-topped tin you see above, I punched out a 2 inch flower from bright pink cardstock. Then I slit an opening in the middle of the flower with an exacto knife to "plant" the button ring in the center.
Thirty-something mom originally from NYC, now living in metro Atlanta.
You can take a girl out of the city...
Feel free to contact me about any ideas you have to share, or if you were inspired by anything you saw here.