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Showing posts with label tree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tree. Show all posts

Monday, 3 December 2012

Ribbon tree in traditional colours

I do love to see all of the beautiful and varied colour themes that seem to abound in the shops every year. I sigh and think that gold and cream is so chic and elegant, but, somehow I always return to the traditional when it comes to putting my Christmas decor together. So it is no surprise that I have chosen red, green and gold as the colours of my ribbon tree.


Tommorow, perhaps I will post the instructions.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Christmas Tree Button Bag

The Christmas mix is one of our very popular button mixes. So I thought that I would combine them with one of our jute bags and make this Christmas tree Button Bag.


Having made it I also think that it looks quite good as a piece of button art for Christmas so please take your pick and make whatever takes your fancy.

Supplies:

1 pack of Christmas selection mixed buttons


This is what I did.

Stick to the bag a length of double sided tape horizontally about a third of the way up.
Choose a set of green buttons and stick to the double sided tape. You will see that they are all random shapes but they are all about the same size.
The next piece of tape is already down for you to see that I placed it so that it is a bit shorter than the bottom layer of buttons. Don't place it too close to the first layer of buttons as you will need room for the buttons.


 Continue adding layers of buttons making sure that the width is shorter on each level. By the time that you get to your last level you should only have two buttons. Finish off the top with a star button.
 Place three pieces of tape below the tree as seen above. Stick red buttons to the tape to look like a pot.
There we are all finished.

You can now, if you want to sew the buttons in place. Only do this if you are going to use the bag. If you want it to be a gift bag for Christmas presents don't bother as the tape is real quite strong if you buy a good one.



Saturday, 7 January 2012

Button Tree, my version

So fellow bloggers, if you have been reading the earlier post you will know that I've turned my attention to buttons and that I have been doing my research. I found that there are a lot of button trees out there but not wanting to copy what I've already seen, I looked at the buttons in the Craft Fairy button section and I was inspired by the flower buttons that have just come back into stock.

I decided that as we are heading for Spring and that we want to leave the awful Winter weather behind us I would use them to make a button Blossom Tree. I also added a few sparkly glass beads to make it look like catkins. They didn't photograph well but they do make it look good.

I painted the canvas with a matt paint that I had bought in one of those little tester pots. Cheap.
The twig was sprayed with silver and then after it had dried I sewed it to the canvas with a toning thread. I sewed rather than stuck as I don't want it to come off.
The the flower buttons are sewn on starting with the biggest at the base and working out to the smaller buttons on the outer edges of the twig.
I had some clear crystals in my jewellery stash so I added some of those, sewn again to make them look like catkins.

Buttons can be found here:

http://www.craftfairy.co.uk/flower-selection-mixed-shape-buttons-50g-5038-p.asp

Now go and make your own.