I was looking at my mountains of craft crap (#craftcrap) the other day – I really do have gigantic stacks of pointless stuff. It pains my inner zen. But I can’t get rid of it, not without finding a use. I have this huge jar of buttons – there are so many buttons they no longer fit in the jar. So it’s actually a huge jar of buttons with a pile of precariously placed buttons on the top. Ridiculous. So I came up with an idea to use my buttons. This craft is so easy and kids LOVE it. Perfect for preschool kids as it has two parts to it – colour sorting and picture building.
If you’re making something that requires buttons, but you don’t have anything in your button stash that matches (NB that will never happen to me, I seem to have a huge mason jar full of them. I’m such a hoarder…), maybe you could make a set from shrink plastic. You can match them to whatever you’re making. Here’s how to do it:
We saw this really lovely craft tutorial on Country Baskets for a simple button tree decoration, so we thought it would make a perfect festive Nap Time Craft.
For this project you will need:
- An assortment of green buttons in different sizes
- 1 small yellow button
- 3 medium-sized red buttons
- Craft wire
- Wire cutters/scissors
- Bakers twine to hang decoration
Begin by cutting your wire. You need to cut it to double the length of your finished tree. You also need a bit extra to tie the decoration at the bottom, and a loop to hang it at the top.
Every year I have a go at making my own Christmas cards. Usually I pick something too complicated for duplication, I don’t start until far too near to Christmas and I end up feeling like I’m on a ridiculous production line with each card getting more and more botched (last year I made cards which each had a little clay jigsaw piece on them. Hours. And it looked a bit rubbish). This year though, thanks to much Pinsperation, I was organised and decided to make them all the other day. High five! I went really simple and made cards featuring potato stamped branches and button baubles.