Craft Spring Greetings With Buttons

If you’re doing a little spring cleaning or organizing this weekend, why not craft some of your loose buttons into a flowery card, perfect for wedding thank yous, a pick-me-up for a friend or a framed decoration for your newly organized office space. Vintage buttons are especially pretty; if you don’t have any, look for them at flea markets and online auction sites. This idea is from Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts, which has 224 more projects to make for holidays all year long.

What You Will Need
White and colored card stock
Thread or embroidery floss
Thin ribbon
Double-sided tape

1. Cut out card stock to desired sizes: Cut smaller pieces to be embroidered and slightly larger pieces in contrasting colors for the backings.

2. With a pencil, lightly mark placement of buttons onto the top piece of card stock, and sketch design for leaves and other details. Poke holes along the lines with a needle.

3. Using thread or a single strand of embroidery floss, embroider lines with a running stitch, passing the needles through existing holes, or make French knot details. Use thread to attach buttons (reinforce with glue if you like).

4. Add a ribbon, threaded through two holes, and tie in a bow.

5. When you are satisfied with your design, attach embroidered card to backing with double-sided tape.


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