This is my first attempt at blogging - we'll see how it goes! I'm an avid crafter - but admittedly one who gets bored easily. I dabble in pretty much anything from scrapbooking to knitting, but I'm not one of those talented Etsy crafters who can create multitudes of beautiful items. I'm kind of a onesy-twosy person. But I do love to make handmade gifts and constantly search the internet for ideas. I'd love to share them with you!
I was looking for a simple, quick gift to make for Christmas (trying to start early enough so I don't end up in a panic) and I found a picture of a button ornament. Below is a picture of my finished product and directions.
Making these ornaments is a great opportunity to use all those buttons in your button box, but if you're like me, there's not a great variety there. So off to Walmart I went and found small bags of themed colored buttons which gave me the incentive to just do it!
You will need:
- Styrofoam balls - I used the 4" ones
- Buttons (that goes without saying) - you'll need quite a few, especially if you double them up
- White headed pins
- Grosgrain ribbon
- 4" piece of wire
- Hot glue
- Pin your buttons to the styrofoam. You can double them up and overlap them.
- Use the smallest buttons to fill in gaps if you see any.
- Tie a bow and hot glue it to the top of the ornament.
- Bend the wire into a "U" shape, stick it in the styrofoam and add a dab of hot glue.
Little Gifty Boxes
I enjoy giving people at work little holiday gifts. I don't want to leave anyone out, so I end up making 10 to 15 of them. I saw the brown paper boxes for 99 cents each at a local craft store and thought of this great way to use them.
I'm planning to fill these little boxes with either holiday m&m's or Andes mints. They didn't take long to make and I was pleased with the result.
You will need:
- Brown paper boxes (they come in other shapes)
- Scrapbook or other decorative paper
- Tags (these are canvas tags made by Maya Road)
- Mod Podge
- Hot glue
- Measure the sides, top and inside bottom of the box. Use a paper cutter to make multiple pieces. I mixed and matched - all the sides are the same but the top is a coordinating pattern.
- Mod Podge the inside of the box. Put a piece of paper in the bottom (just for fun!) and cover with another layer of Mod Podge.
- Coat the outside of the box, press the paper pieces on and cover with Mod Podge. Do the same for the lid.
- When everything is dry, tie a ribbon bow around the lid. Put a small dab of hot glue under the bow and attach it to the lid.
- Turn the lid over and cut the ribbon. Trim each end so that it just wraps around the lip of the lid and hot glue them.
- Attach the tag to the ribbon - I used little "o" rings but you can easily tie it. I used a Sharpie marker to write on the tag.
Great for stocking stuffers, candy treats, or other little gifties! So quick and easy!