mother's day crafts for kids: button blossoms

May 3, 2011

Moms love jewelry (or at least this mom does), so I was trying to come up with some sort of craft Juliet could do with me to make something pretty to wear for Mother's Day. This is what I came up with, and after working on it with my 4 year old, I'd have to say that it is probably better for an older child--i.e. one who can use scissors. Having said that, we did have a lot of fun even if I had to do most of the crafting. She was a good button finder and paper crumpler. 
You need to find some of these buttons with the one hole on the back (not sure what they are called.) We just looked through our button stash and found some. This part is perfect for a four year old as looking through the button box is an activity in its own right.
Next, I cut out some flower shapes from some scrapbook paper. Juliet matched up which button would go with which flower.
I cut a slit in the middle and asked Juliet to place the button in it. This proved too difficult for her tiny fingers. But maybe a 5 or 6 year old could do it.
Next, cut slits around the petals--just define about 5 or 6 petals. The kitty was very interested in this part.
After cutting the slits, Juliet bent and crumpled the petals so they curled up.
Lastly, I threaded some ribbon through the hole and we had bracelets and necklaces. Juliet asked if she could wear one--so, I may not be getting any for Mother's day....
I found that a few of the buttons could accommodate a bobby pin, so we made a few hairpins, too. I wanted to take a picture of a bracelet, but couldn't tie one on with one hand. Juliet hasn't learned how to tie yet, and the cat, well, she was all paws.

So, sorry. But they do look cute around the wrist as well. :)

Linking to: Show and Tell, Trash to Treasure, Amaze me August, We Play, Get Your Craft On, Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I whipped up,




9 comments:

Ticia said...

shank buttons, that's what they're called.

And, I am so doing this with my kids today. Now to see if I have shank buttons that don't have small animals on them.....

silly eagle books said...

Thanks, Ticia--you taught me a new word today. :) I hope you find some in your button box. :)

Bitterroot Mama said...

Those are cute. P.S. You won A Versatile Blogger Award from me today. See my blog for more info. :)

Silver Rose said...

These are fantastic! I love the hair pin...too bad kitty couldn't tie. Cats are so fickle. ;)

Rashi said...

Very cute idea and love the necklace and a great gift for Mother's Day, thanks for sharing! Check out the pictures from our event last week - http://blog.memetales.com/2011/05/memetales-hosts-for-mothers-kids/

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

They are cute! And you always have the best buttons on hand. Where do you find them?

silly eagle books said...

They came from a bag I bought at walmart a few years ago---it's the same bag--I haven't replenished it...I don't know how we always find good ones. The pickings are getting kind of slim now, though. :) Seems like there should be a better button supplier--maybe I'll check a craft store next time.

Sweet Floweret said...

Cute as a button (tee hee)!
I just started a linky party this past Tuesday. It was a great success with over 50 link ups! I would love it if you would participate next week! It's called $10 Tuesdays and it's for things that cost less than $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to complete. I love inexpensive and quick projects and I'm guessing others will too ;) Thanks so much for considering.
Tina
http://sweetfloweret.blogspot.com/
PS. I'm GIVING away 50 button pony tailers this month! Come visit and claim yours ;)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Gorgeous :) I love the hair pin version especially.

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