50 Button Crafts: idea #50 – button clock

button clock via Pinterest made by MasonBee on Etsy.com

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

As 2015 draws to a close it seems fitting to do a button clock for the final of my 50 button Crafts posts. Maybe it is just me but the end of the year makes me realize how fast time is passing and I wonder if I am getting enough of the important stuff done in a day. A button clock could be a nice bridge to stories about times past or each button could represent a ancestor and naturally lead to a story about that person. I found three basic ideas for making button clocks (remake an inexpensive wall clock or buy a clock kit and use a cookie tin lid or embroidery hoop for the clock base.) The two bellow have tutorials. The one above doesn’t but here is a tutorial for making a button clock with an embroidery hoop.

button clock from DoodlebugBlog.com

button clock from MarthaStewart.com

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

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50 Button Crafts: idea #49 – cup cozy

knit cup cozy via Pinterest

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

With all the cold weather that comes this time of year, I was drawn to the cup cozies I found on Pinterest this week. There are lots of ways to make them so I’ll share a few of those I found with buttons. This is a fun way to share some of the buttons from your stash along with stories of cold days and warm drinks from your life or an ancestor’s. I’m a huge hot chocolate or lemon and honey tea. Nothing warms me up when I get cold to the core like something hot to drink. In the winter hot chocolate and graham crackers was my favorite after school snack growing up.

crochet mug cozy from Hobbycraft.co.uk

felt coffee cozy from practicallyfunctional.com

custom sized mug cozy from Hazelnutgirl

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

50 Button Crafts: idea #48 – miniature clothespin snowflake with button

miniature clothespin snowflake by Racquel Schroder Bregg

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

The year of button crafts is almost over and Christmas is just a week away. I was thinking I might be done with Christmas themed button crafts but this was too clever not to share. Just combine miniature clothespins (taken apart) and a single button to make a sweet little snowflake. Lots of possibilities for bridging the gift or craft activity to family stories. What about memories of doing laundry and hanging clothes on the line to dry. We don’t do much of that these days. Or go the snow route and talk about winter memories and how deep the snow was when you or an ancestor where growing up. Here is a step by step tutorial. These would make a great January project as well as a Christmas decoration.

snowflake ornaments from MamaOf3Munchkins.com

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

50 Button Crafts: idea #47 – button Christmas card ideas

button ornament card from sweetppaperie

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

Christmas is just around the corner so I thought I’d share some of the fun Christmas card ideas using buttons. There are so many out there and the possibilities are endless but hopefully these will inspire you to create something memorable from your button stash.

Santa card from imeondesign

tree cards from love-and-lollipops

ho ho ho card from CookieDesignCards

wreath card from hopefulhoney

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

50 Button Crafts: idea #46 – Button Wreath Ornament

button wreath ornament from MarthaStewart.com

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

This button wreath is along the lines of the stack style button ornaments I shared a few weeks ago. A great project to do with kids and it lets them do their own thing. While green buttons are necessary you might check out this post on dying your own buttons. Or just buy a bag of buttons in greens from the craft store and enjoy the time to talk about Christmas memories and crafts you remember as a child. MarthaStewart.com has instructions here.

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

50 Button Crafts: idea #45 – Button Ornaments

button covered ornament from MySecretCottage on etsy.com

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

Making a button covered ornament isn’t hard. You start with a Styrofoam ball, buttons and straight pins and get to work. I found instructions here if you need them. With shaft buttons, hot glue is the best way to attach them to the Styrofoam ball. You can see from the examples I found that there are endless possibilities on the look and style. What a wonderful gift a button covered ornament would be if the buttons came from an ancestor or beloved grandparent.

button covered ornament by Patty Schaffer via styrofoamcrafts.com

button covered ornament by Leslie Ashe via curbly.com

button covered ornament from LiveLoveDIY.com

button covered ornament from scrapendipity.blogspot.com

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

50 Button Crafts: idea #44 – Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament with Buttons

Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornaments from Crafts Unleashed

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

I can just imagine gathering the supplies for these adorable cinnamon stick tree ornaments for a family gathering, then having a great time putting them together as a group. They look like they would be lots of fun or all ages and would give a great opportunity to chat and share memories of Christmases past and dreams of Christmases future. Using buttons from your own stash or the inherited stash of an ancestor would make the evening even more memorable. Crafts Unleashed has a good tutorial to make this project super easy to organize.

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.