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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Love the snow, hate getting wet or cold?

Here in the north country, sledding, skating, snowman making are great outdoor activities.  When the wind chill goes double digit below or it is simply time to come indoors and warm up, it is nice to have creative actives ready to go.

Felt and button Snowflakes to the rescue.  Create gigantic snowflakes to dangle and dazzle with indoor crafting on a cold winter day.  Keeps fingers occupied and minds engaged.  A fun activity for one or for a group, young and old alike.

You will need:

-thick white wool felt (you could also use cardboard)
-white buttons
-glue that will bond fabric & buttons
-mono-filament line or white yarn/ribbon
-scissors 
     or AccuCut Cutting Machine and                         Snowflake die # S1614 

Gather supplies:
Lay out a pile of white buttons.  The ones shown here were collected over a number of years, they include basic white shirt buttons, mother of pearl buttons, fancy vintage buttons, most with holes, a few with stems.

Plain buttons become background and filler, fancy & shinny buttons add glam and focal points. 

You can find buttons at thrift stores,  Antique shops, maybe in your grandma’s button box.  You can also buy new buttons in bulk packages. Instead of buttons, or in addition to buttons use broken pieces of costume jewelry, beads, sequins. pompoms.

Want a more decorative hanging loop use ribbon or yarn instead of mono-filament line. 
Snowflake Pattern


Hand cut snowflakes from thick felt or cardboard.

If you have access to a die cutter that can handle AccuCut Die  S1614 use that to crank out a number of bases.







It helps me to put two felt snowflakes side by side.  One to layout buttons and one to glue.

When a pleasing arrangement is achieved, put a swirl of glue in the center of the blank snowflake and transfer the buttons one by one.  The finished arrangement may be a little different, you may add more or use less.  When you are happy with the look, set the snowflake aside to dry. 

When you have all the snowflakes done on one side take a little stretch and refreshment break.  You earned it.  Then come back and add buttons on the second side of each snowflake if you want buttons on both sides.

In general, the arrangement will be more pleasing to the eye if larger buttons are toward the bottom.  The buttons with a metal shank often work well to fill in holes or open spaces.  Add a dab of glue to the shank and slip them in place.  The main thing is to do an arrangement that pleases YOU.

 Cut the monofilament line to lengths desired.  You may choose to make them all the same length or grade the length so the snowflakes dangle in a line.

Dangle in a window, on a door, or hang on a ribbon banner/bunting.

Enjoy the snowflakes falling while you stay warm and cozy.

Thanks for dropping in today, always a pleasure to share crafting ideas.
          Jane


Resources:
Vintage Button Guide 

Have Children help by Sorting Buttons

The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid and Sarah Chamberlain (May 1, 1995) a children’s book about buttons

Button Ornaments using craft sticks/pipecleaners

Glue: I prefer Beacon Fabric Tac (it is made in the USA), you could use hot glue. If working with children choose a glue that you prefer for use with & by young ones.

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