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DIY Series

April 24, 2009

We’ve reached the end of the first DIY Series, I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading it as much as I liked creating all of the projects. But more than that – I hope it was useful! Even if you’ve left comments or sent me an email (thank you for that!) filling out this short survey would be a huge help. I want to make sure all of this is as useful as possible so know that any feedback is taken to heart. You can find the survey here. I promise it will only take a few quick seconds to fill out and it is completely anonymous.

Are any of you using or planning to use this color palette? If so, just leave a comment on this post by midnight (CST) on Wednesday, April 29th for a chance to win the ring bearer pillow, the extra fabric I used to create it, the fabric covered buttons and the favor boxes (if you want to use them as templates).

There is one more post coming up that showcases other button projects from the web, so you can get a few extra ideas from that as well. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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DIY Series: Favor Boxes

April 23, 2009

Last up in the DIY series, favor boxes. I came up with three different ideas so that you have several to choose from. And remember, these can all be customized to any color palette and type of fabric that you have in mind. There are no limits! We’ll start off with the button & fabric wrap. For this box you will need:

Button & Fabric Favor Box:

  • Strip of Fabric – Aprox 1″ wide
  • Button
  • Small White Box
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots

Measure your fabric so that it can start in the center of the box, like in the picture below, and wrap around the bottom so that it ends just past the button you’ve placed in the center of the box. Secure the end with the button to the box with (what else?) a glue dot!
Then cut a small slit in the end of the fabric, so that you can fasten it to the button just like you do a shirt. I left the edges of the fabric raw (you can make them a little more frayed by pulling at loose threads) because I think its cute, but of course you could finish it however you like. There is no stitching or sewing needed for this one, its pretty quick and simple.
Next up is the ribbon and button box (I know you love my oh-so-original names). You’ll need to have:

Ribbon & Button Box

  • Cotton Ribbon – I found this particular ribbon at the Container Store
  • Small Favor Box
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots!

So first (really, you can say it along with me at this point) turn the box upside down and put a glue dot on the end of the ribbon. I even took a picture of one for you, since I’ve been talking about them so much.
Glue the ribbon to the bottom of the box and wrap it three times, so that you have three little rows of ribbon. Glue the end to the bottom of the box just like you did the other side.
Then cut another piece of ribbon and wrap it underneath the top three one full time, so that you end with the ribbon on top of the first row.
Glue a button to the first and last rows, then wrap some thread in between them just like you did for the fabric pouch invitation. Done!
I didn’t take pictures of the process for the last favor box because its pretty much like the second invitation. Just glue a strip of fabric to the box and then wrap some thread around it, adding in the buttons as you go.
And there you have it! Three easy ideas for favor boxes that you can fill with a variety of little goodies. You could also use the same techniques on bags, just adjusting for size and shape.

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If you have some extra fabric scraps from all your DIY projects, why not make some covered buttons? You could use them for ring bearer pillows, boutonnieres (you’ll understand what I mean on Friday) or even make them into tacks and use them to pin up your escort cards onto a framed board. I got the idea for this from the ever creative Jessica at How About Orange, who made tacks with her fabric (and took much better pictures of the process!) All you will need is:

Fabric Covered Buttons

  • Scraps of Fabric
  • Button Cover Kit – I used the 20 (1/2″)
  • Scissors
  • A Quarter

Start by tracing a quarter on onto the back of your fabric so that you have some circles you can cut out and use for the buttons. They don’t have to be perfect circles (I would know, I must have slept through the day in Kindergarten where they taught us to cut).
When you have enough circles cut out, put one into the little round holder that comes with the kit.
Then place the top of the button into the hole, on top of the fabric:
Push the back onto the top (you might need to use something besides your fingers to make sure it snaps in there) and then push from the back to release your new button! Honestly, the part that takes the most time is cutting out the circles. After that you’re good to go.

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