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Monday, December 7, 2009

Cute As A Button~ Craft 4

This is a easy, yet lovely ornament you can make to add a bit of simple elegance to your tree or top off a gift. All of the supplies can be purchased at most craft stores.


First, gather some clear glass ball ornaments. I selected the small and medium size.


Take off the metal top and drop in a few tiny crystals. I like Swarovski, they really sparkle.



Add some pearls of various sizes and colors. These pearls are from vintage necklaces that I found literally hanging by a thread in a thrift store.



Get out your stash of small white and pearl buttons. I added about 50 buttons to each glass ball.


Fill the glass ball to a level that you love. Next, separate the metal top from the wire hanger. Take a large button and slide the wire hanger into two of the holes. Replace the new button top on the glass ornament and secure with a dab of hot glue.


Add a scrap of lace around the top of the glass ball.


Hang your ornament near a light and watch the crystals sparkle.




Next Friday and Tuesday I will be taking my finals. I am currently finishing up several projects and term papers. Please hang in there with me and I will soon be back to responding to each and every one of your comments.



Go make a beautiful mess and be blessed.

44 comments :

Shelia said...

Laura, this is just so precious! Hope you have a great week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Nancy said...

That's such a neat idea. The ornaments are so pretty and elegant! Thanks for sharing...

Nancy

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Absolutely creative! I have several of these ornaments and was wondering what to fill them with and now I know!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Marsha

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
I so love this elegant and quick and easy idea. How cute is this? So creative. Thanks for sharing.

How is your talented Dear Daughter doing? I think of her often. I pray she is well and still going strong.

Stop by soon. I so love it when you do. Country hugs...Sherry

"Blossom" said...

Beautiful

Lou Cinda said...

Well, I just LOVE this! I adore buttons and this is such a great idea!

LOVE IT!

Lou Cinda :)

Mildred said...

Another beautiful idea. My MIL sent Nalley some tiny gold buttons from his dad's Police uniforms from the '60's. This might be a way to preseve them for future generations! Thanks.

Bettyann said...

simply lovely..thanks for sharing your creativity with us..

Inspired Comblogulations said...

Now that I like!
Lee

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That looks really pretty--I like the way you replaced the top with a button, too! Very creative. I did some for my last craft show with tinsel pompoms, tiny bows, etc--they were a big hit!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I really like that Laura! I used to spend hours glueing Swavorski Crystals on my daughters skating dresses. This is such a neat idea, thanks for sharing and GOOD LUCK WITH FINALS! cindy

Heat Guy said...

Very pretty. Love the use of white and "sparkle".

Gina said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely idea, it's enchanting!

pk said...

pk @ Room Remix

Very pretty! I like the fact that there are so many options to fill them with.

Linda said...

Very lovely and delicate looking ornaments!

Linda said...

Another beautiful idea, Laura! I like how you wrote that - to make a beautiful mess and be blessed. :)

Looks like you're having a lovely December. It's going by fast isn't it?

A Nest With A View said...

Ca-yute! Loving these posts!

Willow said...

I love these craft ideas you are sharing. Next year I am going to try and make some of these. Wish I could do it this year.

Willow

Miss Sandy said...

I love this idea, sweet, simple, elegant! Thanks for sharing. I'll be thinking of you and best of luck on your tests and papers!

Six divided by two..... said...

Laura, How beautiful!! And crafty to boot!!

Karen Valentine said...

I LOVE this idea! I will be making some of those for my tree! Thanks!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

Blondie's Journal said...

So pretty & petite!

xoxo
Janie

Jenn @ Livin' the Simple Life said...

Those are so cute! I love the lace tied at the top. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment :)

TexNan said...

Wow! You did a great job on all these. I'm a button freak so this last one is especially up my alley.

Thanks for commenting on my blog, regarding which I wanted to say I did make a brooch using that technique and also a tree topper (with multiple layers of a larger size and a pipe cleaner attached to the back for twisting onto the tree).

Stephanie @ A Fine House said...

I love this one! I have sooo many buttons that it's always fun to see new creative ways to use them.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and thanks for sharing.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Laura, both your projects are just adorable! Love the vintage tree topper and these glass balls filled with sparkly goodies, so pretty. Thanks for coming by & letting me know. Love them all!

Karena said...

Laura, love these. Have you seen the clear ornaments filled with some sand and a small seashell or two?

alice wayne said...

you left out the best ornament ever!!!

Mrs. Nepper said...

Liking this one too. So cute, and you could fill it with so many items!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh my gosh!!!! I just love this!!!

m ^..^

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I'm loving it. I've just discovered the idea of filling clear glass ornaments a few days ago, and I'm a total fan!!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Wow! You have made a lot of crafty christmas decorations! I love, no I adore the tree crown! Thank god for the inspiration Anthropology provides.

karen said...

Such a creative idea! It looks so easy too. Thanks for sharing.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Laura,

What a pretty and clever idea. I love things that you can make yourself. They are the best.

Christi @ A Southern Life

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Love the vintagy feel! So pretty!
Linda

Jane said...

All of your projects are so pretty. I hope to one day get a big box of buttons that were my grandmothers. I would never glue any of those vintage treasures, but putting them in clear bulbs would be beautiful and give them a place of honor. Great ideas. Oh, and I like your Anthro topper better than Anthros!

LiLi M. said...

Thanks for sharing all those fun craft ideas!

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a clever idea. Very pretty and classy looking.

Hugs,
Joanne

Jill Elaine said...

Good luck on those finals! I know you will do well.
Love this craft idea! Looks like a great one to put my own twist to!!
Jill

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That's my kind of ornament!! Lovely!!!! :) Thanks for the visit. :)

Natasha said...

These are very beautiful and they look so unique. It sounds like you have been a very busy bee and I hope all goes well with the finals.

Thanks for coming to see my decorations today-am so glad I now have a gorgeous new blog to visit!

Best wishes, Natasha.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I forgot to wish you good luck with your exams! Hang in there!! Love & blessings from NC!

The Royal Family said...

Visiting from TJ show and tell, those are beautiful

the Buzz,
Brandy

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