Push ma button

October 6, 2009

Buttons – useful little blighters. And not just for clothes – oh no. There’s a whole wide world of button CP (Crafting Potential) out there, just waiting to be discovered. Rejoice. Unless you’re koumpounophobic. (Word of the day. Possibly word of the year.)

button craftYou could super-glue them to magnets (available from Hobbycraft) and use them to fix notes and photos to the fridge…way more classy than plastic fruit/food magnets, and not as annoying as word/poetry magnets, which: A.) Tempt friends and family to write the rudest sentence they can muster with the given vocabulary. B.)Have a tendency to fall off and get lost in the fluffy depths of the sub-fridge region – and it’s usually the important words such as ‘AND’ that go astray. C.) Are a complete nightmare when you want to clean the fridge door/move house, and you spend half a day picking all the little words off the fridge, only to put them back on again. That way, insanity lies. ANYWAY…back to the buttons…

craft buttonsYou can use buttons to create your own gorgeous artwork. Download the designs here, then use glue to stick on a few buttons for cute-folky-kind-of-homemade-well-they-definitely-ARE-completely-homemade-if-anybody-asks prints.

crafty button fun2Finally, it’s been done before, but it’s always a winner – pick some pretty buttons and tie them to coloured ribbons to make napkin rings. Bitten by the button bug? Wanna buy buttons? Try Claire Grove, Knit and Sew, or The Button Queen. – Ellie

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I’ve just discovered an amazing website: Crafty Shapes. It sells plain, unfinished wooden shapes ready to paint, varnish, embellish etc – and it’s opened up a whole world of crafting possibilities! I’m going to get the wooden napkin rings (just £1.95 for four), then paint them with blackboard paint (£10.99 for 750ml, International Paints) and use them instead of place cards or to add quirky messages to table settings.

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Napkin rings, Colloco, but now discontinued, so get crafting! Image: Living Etc

I am so excited about this. Maybe I need to get out more!? These blackboard napkin rings would be great for handmade gifts too – you could put six in a little box with a pack of retro chalk (95p for 12 sticks, Dotcomgiftshop) for a cheap and designer-style present – or make loads for wedding place markers/favours. Craft JOY! – Ellie

This Sunday marks the beginning of British summer time, so don’t forget to put your clocks forward! If you can’t afford an expensive designer clock, have a look at this gorgeous idea from Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom of The Curiosity Shoppe, published on the American Design*Sponge website.

clock3It’s a cheap IKEA Rusch clock, which costs just £1.26! They spray-painted the frame and used a sheet of pretty vintage paper to line the inside. So simple yet so sweet, I love it – but Emily’s not so keen! Tell us what you think? I’ll be making my own version this weekend. – Ellie