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DIY Holiday Themed Framed Vintage Buttons

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As some of you already know I am smitten for vintage buttons! I love the styles, the textures, the colors! I am always looking for new ways to use my buttons, and had recently bought some small green ones that I thought would be a cute xmas tree. I originally thought of sewing them to a pillow, but was afraid the dogs would try and chew it. So I decided to sew them onto paper and frame them instead. The buttons are nice and protected,and it’s a really cute way to jazz up a table or a shelf for the holidays!

Here’s What You Need:

*Buttons

*Nice Paper- I used Watercolor Paper it has a nice thickness

*Embroidery Floss

*Needle and Scissors

*Frames

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Instructions:

Take your buttons and lay them out into a design you like such as a tree, ornaments, wreath, star, etc. Snap a pic for reference. Cut your paper to fit the size of your frame. Lay your buttons out onto your paper and use the needle to punch little guideline holes in the paper where the button holes are. Now you are ready to sew. Stitch your buttons one by one onto your paper with your colorful embroidery floss. Knot them in the back and clip excess threads. If you want to add a saying or word, you can draw it in with a pencil and poke holes about every quarter inch on the pencil lines to make guides for embroidering. Then you can embroider your words easily. Next, slip your buttoned paper into your frame and close up the back. And Voila! Now you have a fun little piece of holiday cheer to add to your decor.

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I really love how easy these are to make! They are really versatile too since you can change up the shapes and combinations of buttons! You can experiment with different papers as well. I really love my Christmas tree, and the frame really makes it cute! If you are looking for vintage buttons, try searching on Etsy. I get a lot of my buttons from there. I hope you all have enjoyed this simple little craft! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more holiday DIY’s!

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012- Hostess Gifts

Hello everybody! Starting this week I will be featuring a gift guide every Wednesday until Christmas. This week I am featuring hostess/ friend gifts. All of my finds this week came from Etsy. There are some amazing gift ideas on Etsy, you can find something for everyone on your list. I could have picked so much more! Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for your friends, neighbors, and of course your favorite party hosts.

For Entertaining:

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Check out these fun Holiday Drink Markers from Convertible Girl Shop Here

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Check out this cool Vintage Hand Stamped Silver Punch Ladle from Milk and Honey Luxuries Here

For the Home:

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Check out this adorable Hand Felted Christmas Bowl from Deborah B Studio Here

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Check out this lovely Forest Dream Soy Candle from Theme Fragrance Here

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Check out this cute Hedgehog Letterpress Coaster Set from Lucky Bee Press Here

Ornaments:

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Check out these awesome Vintage Stamped Spoon Ornaments from Jessica N Designs Here

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Check out these fantastic Fabric Christmas Ornaments in Embroidery Hoops from Merriweather Council Here

For The Kitchen:

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Check out this cool Mason Jar To Go Cup from Poppy & Pearl Co. Here

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Check out this fantastic Retro Fire King Print Tea Towel from Penny Candy Here

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Check out these fun Little Owls at Christmas Printable and Editable Recipe Cards from Wild Olive Here

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Check out this adorable Squirrel Mug from Jilly Bird Design Here

Aprons:

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Check out this fabulous Retro Deer Christmas Apron from Boojiboo Here

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Check out this sweet Retro Lucy Red Polkadot Apron from Lover Dovers Clothing Here

Fun Soaps:

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Check out these cute Holiday soap buttons set of five from Latika Soap Here

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Check out this lovely Balsam Fir Artisan Soap from Naiad Here

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Check out this festive Snowflake Soap from Squeeky Clean Soap Co. Here

Bottle Openers:

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Check out this awesome White Retro Bottle Opener from A La Carte Creations Here

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Check out these cool Custom Location Map Bottle Openers from Daisy Mae Designs Shop Here

Bottle Stoppers:

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Check out this amazing Fox bottle stopper from One Eye Dog Here

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Check out this cool Wine Bottle Stopper & T-Handle Corkscrew in Appletini Acrylic from Designed Turning Here

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Check out these fantastic Vintage Trophy Wine Bottle Stoppers  from A Lovely Letter Here

Sweet Gifts:

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Check out these amazing French Lavender Honey Vanilla Sea Salt Butter Caramels from Fusion Sweets Here

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Check out these delicious 15 Exquisite Hand-Crafted Chocolate Truffles from The Truffle With Joel Here

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Check out this fun Mrs Claus Runs Amok: Hot Cocoa Mix from Mrs. Claus Runs Amok Here

Don’t you just love everything! I do! Definitely go check out all these awesome Etsy shops! Shopping handmade for the holidays is the best for unique and thoughtful gifts! Be sure to tune in next Wednesday for my next gift guide!

Happy Shopping!