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Button Ornaments…

20 Dec

The boys and I have been keeping busy over our winter break…  We’ve done those bead things that you iron (pearler beads they might be called), we’ve baked, we’ve gotten haircuts, played outside and met some new friends!  Today we made these cute little button ornaments.  They didn’t take long, but they were fun!  They might be a good thing to bring to Grandma’s or attach to the outside of a holiday gift!  Here’s the skinny….

1.  Trace some of your favorite cookie cutters onto tag board.  I tried to use tag that matched the color of the shape (white for the snowflake etc..)   I free handed the wreath because the boys really wanted a wreath (go figure) and I don’t own a wreath cookie cutter!

2.  Punch a hole in the top of each of your cut outs and tie it with a ribbon.  OR don’t punch a hole and after your ornament dries glue a clothes pin to the back of the ornament so you can attach it to a tree.  I had to choose the later of the two options because quite frankly I forgot to punch the hole!  You could also attach a magnet to the back…

3.  Slather the front of your shape with all sorts of white school glue… For my boys, this was the BEST part!

4.  Stick buttons of all shapes and sizes all over your ornament.  I did try to “sway” my kids towards choosing colors that are suited for the shape, but I also think making a bunch of trees in all different colors would be adorable.  I actually think cutting just triangle trees (no branches) and then making all different colors would be fun, but my boys wanted different shapes!

5.  We did a second layer of buttons on the tree for ornaments and on the wreath for the bow and berries…  You can tell we took the pics a bit before the glue dried…   I would recommend waiting to attach a clothes pin and/or magnet until they are completely dry.

6.  VIOLA…  Like I said, these would be super cute tied to a Christmas gift, as a gift for Granny, or just hanging on your tree!  You could put your child’s picture inside the wreath-that would capture Papa’s heart!

From our house to yours, Merry Christmas!  We’re off to make some Candy Cane Ice Cream…. MMMMMMMMM!


DIY Fabric Circle Wreath

28 Nov

Last summer I saw a picture of a wreath online and for the life of me I can’t find it again, boo…  Someone had linked it up as a fourth of July wreath and I thought it was adorable.  I remembered the general concept and altered it a bit to make a Christmas wreath.   I started by buying a grapevine wreath at the craft store… For me, that was Walmart :).  I then gathered up some fabric in holiday colors, burlap, and scrapbooking brads (notice the hearts left from a Valentines Day shower I hosted).  I used measuring cups (one cup, half cup and fourth cup) to trace different circles from different fabric scraps.  I used the metal brads to combine one circle of each size in different fabrics…  I left the brads open in the back so they would stick into the wreath.  I put a dash of hot glue on the pointy end of the brad and stuck it into the grapevine wreath… I continued this all over the wreath until it was mostly covered.  I did not cover the back and even some spots on the sides are showing… That was just me being lazy and feeling it wasn’t needed.  Obviously if you chose to do this it would look even better :)!  You could do all sorts of variations on color, size, even shape… The burlap “flower” at the top is just made by fan folding the fabric and gluing it together.  I just made a ribbon tie at the back and slipped it over my door hanger.  I am not sure I really like it there, so I might move it.  I always seem to change things up after I take the pic!  This wreath took me about 2 hours to make and I think it’s fun and different.  You could make one for each holiday :).  I hope you are starting to get in the holiday spirit around your house, I know we are!

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