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DIY 5 Minute Button Ring

[pinit]Make an easy DIY button ring @savedbyloves[pinit]

This may be the easiest project I have ever done or shared!  Make an adorable button ring in 5 minutes.  What a great way to use the gorgeous buttons available in thrift stores and flea markets.  If you can use glue, you can do this.

DIY Ring from old buttons #buttoncrafts


Ring blank


Vintage Buttons – I used three in varying diameters

DIY Ring from old buttons #buttoncrafts


DIY Button Ring

To stabilize ring in upright position for gluing, push the base of it (where your finger goes) into a piece of styrofoam.  Glue buttons on in a stack with e6000 and let it dry overnight.  Told you it was easy and fast!

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Button Crafts

Make a Button Bracelet

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Make a button bracelet in 10 minutes


I found some beautiful wooden buttons in the scrapbook supplies at Joann’s recently and knew I wanted to make a bracelet using them.  This project is super quick and easy.  If you can open jump rings with pliers and use glue, you are well on your way to a cool piece of button bling!



Vintage wood button bracelet tutorial


Jewelry Pliers

Jump rings

Metal connector pieces – These are the base for my bracelet.  I found them at Joann’s on clearance in a pack of 6 (pictured above), perfect for the length of a bracelet.

Wooden buttons

Toggle clasp



How to make a button bracelet


Attach metal connectors together using jump rings.  Attach toggle clasp bar and ring the same way.

Glue buttons on with e6000

Glue the buttons onto the connectors as shown and let dry overnight.

Make an easy vintage button Bracelet

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Button Crafts

Easy Kid’s Christmas Ornaments Craft


Make a Kids Christmas Craft

Easy DIY Kids Christmas Craft Popsicle Stick Snowmen, puzzle piece snowflakes and reindeer #christmas #kidscraft #handmadeornaments @savedbyloves

We were asked to host the kid’s craft table at a recent Christmas party with 50 kids expected!  You can make adorable snowmen from craft sticks and use puzzle pieces to make reindeer and snowflakes.  The kids loved this project, and so will you!

Just use acrylic paint in white for the snowmen and brown for the reindeer.  We got the puzzles at the Dollar Tree, but you could use one you have on hand, or hit Goodwill.


For the hats, we used black cardstock.  The noses are orange foam.  The eyes and buttons are made with Sharpies, after the paint dries.  Glue one the hat, nose and string for hanging with Tacky Glue and tie yarn or ribbon for the scarf.


Paint six puzzle pieces and a round wooden disc (1.5 inch diameter, available at Michaels)  white.  When dry, glue pieces onto circle and attach twine for hanging.


Paint 3 puzzle pieces brown and glue as shown.  Glue on eyes and nose.  Tie on ribbon and add twine for hanging.

Kids Craft




ALPO® Wet Dog Food #HappyStartsHere

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How to make Christmas Stockings from Recycled Tea Towels


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Bringing you back a blast from the past.  I am not a seamstress, it’s no secret.  You will be able to whip up these adorable burlap, lace, tea towel stockings even if you are scared of your sewing machine!  Enjoy.

These Christmas stockings are made from canvas tea towels from Target, the same towels I used to make this stenciled pillow a few posts ago.   Two of the towels made all seven.  If you are looking for a quick, easy, inexpensive sewing machine project for your stockings this year, you are in luck.


  • Tea towels or canvas drop cloth
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Stocking Template (click here for the one I used)
  • Pencil for marking fabric
  • Straight Pins
  • Jute or twine
  • Embellishments of your choice

Burlap Christmas Stocking Pattern


  • Print stocking on to heavy paper and cut out
  • Iron fabric and trace stocking onto towel folded in half.  I used the seams already in the towels as the top of my stockings.  Cut shape from front and back halves at same time.

Christmas Stockings Pattern

Christmas Stockings tutorial

  • With right sides together, pin in place.  Loop a 2 inch piece of jute on the top at the heel side for hanging your stocking and pin in place.  Double back over the twine while sewing to make it extra sturdy.

DIY burlap stockings

  • Turn stockings right side out and embellish as desired.  I printed on burlap for the text, pieces of scrap towel and lace on mine.

Christmas Stockings Pattern

Handmade Christmas Decorations

Christmas Stocking Pattern

50+ Delicious Things to Make With Peanut Butter

[pinit]over 50 things to make with Peanut Butter @savedbyloves #peanutbutter #recipes[pinit]

Peanut butter is my absolute favorite food.  I prefer crunchy over smooth, but smooth over none for sure.  While it is high in fat and carbs, I try to focus on the protein content!  That is high too, so it all balances out, right?!  Here are 50+ delicious peanut butter recipes you can make.  If you have a favorite that you don’t see here, leave us a comment with the link!  Enjoy.

DIY Vintage Holiday Centerpiece With @Floracraft Foam Trees

[pinit]Holiday Centerpiece using found objects and vintage buttons on @floracraft Styrofoam trees @savedbyloves[pinit]

Styrofoam Christmas Tree Centerpiece Vintage Buttons DIY

The holidays are here, and many of you are busy planning decorations and meals.  Today I am sharing with you an easy DIY holiday centerpiece using vintage buttons, found objects and Styrofoam™ cones.  This is the perfect project for using up those antique embellishments I can’t resist buying every chance I get!

This post is sponsored by Make it Fun: Crafts and Crafts ‘n Coffee!  All opinions are mine.


Floracraft Christmas Centerpiece Using Stryrofoam

Styrofoam™ cones in 3 sizes

Hot glue gun

Vintage buttons, twine, lace, ribbon, doilies, hardware

Decorative eyelets, pearl and jewel stickers in creams, whites, golds and reds

Gold and white tissue paper

Mod Podge


how to make a vintage button christmas tree

For the white button tree, I randomly hot glued buttons from the bottom to the top.  I made a paper foil star with my Tim Holtz 3D star die  and attached it to the top of the tree with a bamboo skewer.  The end.

Vintage button crafts

For the red tree, I did the same thing, but wrapped the tree in red organza before attaching the buttons and hardware.  This was to prevent the white foam from showing.

I placed it on a candle holder as the stand.  Using a gold sparkly mini clothespin, I attached a Christmas tag to the top and tied a bow around that with twine.

DIY christmas centerpiece ideas

For the white and gold tree, I decoupaged gold and white tissue paper onto the cone using Mod Podge.  I added a random piece of hardware with a vintage clothespin, and wrapped that with gold organza and black twine.  It sits on an old jar lid (same jar that use to hold all those vintage buttons)!

Led mini lights strands

Those pretty, warm lights you see in the background are Design it:® LED Light Strands, which I love because they are light weight and ready to go out of the package.  No outlet needed or batteries to buy is always a plus in my book!

Vintage Styrofoam Centerpiece Holiday @floracraft

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did, and are inspired to make the old new again!

50+ Repurposed Yardstick Crafts and Projects


50+ yardstick crafts to make #repurpose #upcycle @savedbyloves[pinit]

Yardsticks aren’t just for measuring anymore.  You can repurpose cool vintage yardsticks into some unique upcycled decor, jewelry and accessories.  Here are 50 of our favorite repurposed yardstick projects from around the web.  If we missed yours, send us a link so you can be included!

Christmas Holiday Neighbor Treat Bags + Printable Tags

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We made some modern printable Christmas gift tags for our neighbor holiday treat bags and you can download them here for free at the end of this post.  The download contains all versions of the tags on one 8×11.5 sheet so you can print them all on one page.  I customized 2 of the tags with a neighbor message in case you want to make some festive Christmas baked goods for inexpensive, handmade neighbor gifts.

Holiday printable gift tags

I found an old vintage Christmas tin at the antique market and decided to use it to package my famous no-bake cookies; Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter No-bake Cookies.  I taped the “Holiday Treats” tag onto brown craft paper, added washi tape, hole punched and added a twine bow.  For a vintage look I sand distressed the edges.  Easy, fast, and totally sweet.

Cookie Printable Christmas Neighbor Gift Tags

These cute treat bags are from the Dollar Tree.  I think 4-5 per package is what you get for your buck.  My neighbors loved what they found inside, and I think you would too…

Make White Chocolate DIpped Holiday Pretzels

White Chocolate Dipped Holiday Pretzel Rods

Christmas cakepops #christmasdesserts

Holiday Cake Pop DIY

How to make Holiday Cake Pops

Neighbor Gift Printable Set copy

To download the printable, right click the above thumbnail and the full res version will appear.  Print at home or at your favorite printer service.  I recommend white cardstock.

Make a Free LEGO Minifigure Family Holiday Card

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Lego Minifigure Family

Have you seen LEGO Minifigure Family holiday card creator?  You can make a card featuring your entire family, heck even the pets!  What can't you build with LEGO?  

You can add up to 13 family members, each of which can be customized to match skin tone, facial expressions, hair and outfits.  The adult Minifigs have a lot more options compared to kids and pets, but you can still have a lot of fun customizing your Minifigure Family.  We went all holiday, with a my husband starring as Santa, Gingerbread me, and the girls in their festive red.  You don't have to go holiday.  There are tons of backgrounds from which to choose.  The beachy background made me wonder why we weren't doing Christmas oceanside for once, but if you are, you have that option too!

This is a great activity for the kids, and allows them to create their own holiday greeting for you to share.  Print, email or share on facebook!  The site gives you the options to share as you would like, and you can turn on or off the sharing of family names.  The interface is super easy to use, and fun too.   Young and old alike will enjoy.  We had a blast playing around with the different facial expressions, outfits and background scenes.  If you and/or your kids like LEGOs, and let's face it, they do this will provide some family entertainment that can be turned into memories for years to come.  

Head over and create your own.  Comment here with a link to your card.  I would love to see it!  Happy Holidays!



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