Okay, well, I’ll admit that it isn’t looking so good for my 12 Days of Christmas ornaments project. It’s beginning to look more like a “6 Days before, and another 6 Days after, Christmas…maybe…” project instead.
But noooo! I’m not out yet! I will go down in red and green and glittery flames before I admit defeat.
Anyway…I am doing this for a selfish reason. When I did my craft room makeover earlier this year, I came to the conclusion that I have entirely too much craft stuff. So I need to use up some of it. So I can feel less guilty when I buy more.
Like buttons. I have a gazillion buttons. I have so many flippin’ buttons, and I don’t even know why. They are just so cute and pretty and Joann’s has that one whole aisle of them…. And I find myself not resisting them and even buying a button for no reason, just because it’s pretty and because you never know, I might need it one day. You know, like if my sweater loses one or something. And then it will be a VERY GOOD THING I HAVE THOSE 25 MILLION BUTTONS.
And, yes, I know that a lot of clothes come with their own spare button. And I’ve got all those, too.
I also have lots of beads. I have some really pretty glass pearl beads that I bought for something at some point, and here they sit:
(I have problems. Future husband: I feel sorry for you.)
And so, here follows my third handmade ornament project, meant to clean out lots of your button stash, and force you to replenish it on your next craft store run. I’m totally looking out for you.
For my ornament, I used a bunch of pearly buttons in pink, ivory, white, and a few almost black ones. I also used some pink and champagne glass pearls, clear seed beads, some pearl head pins, and some straight pins. I used a 2 1/2″ Styrofoam ball for the base, about 10″ of trim for the hanger, and glue. (My favorite glue, as always: Beacon’s 3-in-1 Craft Glue.)
Use the pearl head pins and straight pins to hold the buttons into the Styrofoam. Since the straight pins will go right through the holes in the center of the buttons, stick a seed bead on first. This willll keep the button from slipping right off of the pin. Dip the ends of the pins into a little glue before sticking them into the foam.
(Holy horrifying nails Batman! Sheesh, if my nails get any ickier, I’ll never have a future husband to feel sorry for.)
So, just keep adding buttons, overlapping them a little in some places.
There will inevitably be spaces here and there between the buttons. You can fill those in with your beads, or by layering a fancier button on top.
And just continue covering the ball:
It was about this point that I started getting really excited at how this was going to turn out. I hope you get excited at this point too, because you might need the motivation…it ended up taking awhile to cover the whole ball.
But…isn’t this so cute?
This is one busy ornament, so I just used a simple piece of trim for the hanger. Just stick a pin through the ends, and pin it (with glue) to the styrofoam ball…then just cover the ends with a big gaudy button.
p.s. check your buttons as you’re putting them on. I was halfway done before I realized my ornament said “EXPRESS” on it.
p.p.s. That button had to be at least 10 years old, from back when I wasn’t spending all my money on craft supplies. Now I shop at Kohl’s. When I have the 20% off all-day shopping pass.
My daughter even made one. :)