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Transform your favorite stray button collection into a chic, customized wall clock in five easy steps.
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On these simple cards made of folded card stock, construction paper cutouts and a snip of ribbon help turn green buttons into a wreath, tiny red ones into holly berries, and white ones into a friendly snowman. (When they're turned vertically, the holes in the snowman's belly button look like buttons themselves.)
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Save What's Important
Years after that shirt has gone out of style, the buttons often remain fashionable. Here's a way to get them out of the button box and into view.
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A Frame Not the Same
Put a collection of favorite buttons to good use: Glue them onto a basic white picture frame and then tuck a drawing or photo inside for grandparents to proudly display.
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Cute As a Button
Just in time for the holidays, make your own set of trim-button trees for a fun and festive no-sew decoration.
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Sealed with a Kiss ... and a Button
This button-stamped gift wrap is fun to make. Affix button to a cork with double-sided tape. Place plain paper on a piece of felt or a folded piece of fabric (this cushions the paper so the mark will be even). Top with a pretty button tied on with baker's twine.
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Just Hang Out
Padded hangers offer a wonderful way to safely store valued or delicate garments. But too often these items slip off their cushioned supports. Fortunately, all you need to keep your clothes hanging neatly are buttons, a needle, and some thread.
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Show How Much You Care
This Mother's Day or Father's Day, catch a parent's attention with a buttoned-up seaside-inspired note card. Copy our templates onto sturdy paper, and embellish them with basic sewing and a few small buttons.
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Make Super-Chic Cuff Links
Show off your personality and style by using new or vintage buttons to craft cuff links for any formal occasion.
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Homemade Fall Fashions
Collect pretty buttons and string them on elasticized cords for stretchy bracelets to be worn or swapped.
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A Bouquet of Buttons
Make a striking flower arrangement by displaying buttons en masse in a vase. The buttons create an eye-catching rippling pool of baubles.
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What a Pretty Pin
You'll want to fashion lots of these pretty hair clips (enough for friends and a few to keep) so you can show off your personal style every day.
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Antique picture nails are expensive, but large vintage buttons can transform ordinary hardware into stylish alternatives.
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It takes only a few stray buttons and some embroidery floss to transform plain napkins into a harvest of whimsical linens.
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Deck the Halls
Leave the store-bought ornaments for the amateurs and decorate your family's Christmas tree with handmade button ornaments that everyone can make together.
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'Tis the Season
If you don't have enough loose buttons, or the right colors, don't worry -- stores sell them by the bagful. Kids will enjoy this project because each wreath they make will be unique.
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A mitten can easily migrate from its mate. To keep the two from going their separate ways, add a cute button clasp, and fasten them together when you're not wearing them. Just sew a button in a complementary color to the underside of one mitten, and stitch a loop of embroidery floss inside the other.
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Mismatched pearl buttons, vintage and new, lend this ring pillow a homespun note. Simple to make from two pieces of felt and a bit of polyfill stuffing, its edges cut with scallop shears, the pillow even incorporates a hint of "something blue."
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Tie your circle of wedding-day friends together with these ribbon-adorned brooches that can serve as either corsages or boutonnieres.
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DIY Mending Kit
Keep a mending kit handy so you can replace an old button -- or make a snazzy update -- on the fly.
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