Monday, December 20, 2010

ButTons, bUttons, buTtOns

I had a few ideas for wrapping and started with a button idea.  One thing led to another, and by the time I got out of the button box, I was done.....SO, this post is all about what you can do with all those buttons you have been collecting and saving. 

Box #1 - All you need is a handful of 4-hole buttons and waxed linen.  Start with two pieces of waxed linen that will wrap around your box.  I loved that the 4 holes allowed for 2 strings to wrap around the box.  Note that a couple of the buttons have another button on top.  Use a bit of ribbon to attach one of the tags that we made in previous post.

Box #2 - Make a pillow box like those in previous post.  This one is made with chipboard and stamped with 7gypsies Avignon stamp.  Use white waxed linen to string 2-hole buttons together.  Include "believe" tag on string.  Tie onto box with tulle.

Box #3 - If you have an old chipboard box, use it to wrap a gift for someone who will appreciate the printing on it (wish I could find a load of these somewhere!) big button and some bakery twine is all it needs.  

Box #4 - This was so fun to make....Tie package with creme tulle and vintage lace.    

I started with 2 pieces of fine gauge wire.  Small buttons were attached every inch or so down the wire, except for the center section I left a larger gap were you will be twisting it into the bow.

Two ways to attach buttons to the wire-
4 hole buttons I just sent the wire through one hole and twisted the wire around the outside edge of the button.  
2 hole button run the wire in one hole and out the other.   
I left enough room between some of the buttons to wrap the wire around a knitting needle, so it looks "springy".   
Simply twist the 2 wire pieces with buttons around the bow to attach....that's it, so easy!

Okay, the last one I think Paula posted before when I gave her this gift.  I thought it was appropriate to show with the other button ideas since it obviously falls into that category.  Start with a kraft colored box...Can you tell that I love wrapping with kraft boxes?    

Use some ephemera and some 7gypsies paper tape to make a little collage on the front of the box.  Use a card with an appropriate verse or postcard that ties everything together with a good sentiment.  I love that the card was signed....I have a friend that we have exchanged vintage cards in the past, my favorite is when the card has been previously used and signed, she just adds "and Diana" next to the persons that!

 Attach something 3-D, I had this cute little leather address book that I opened and stamped on.  I applied eyelets in the lid and tied the book down with ribbon.

Tie the box together with fat string and have the ends come out through the button holes.

Now it's your turn...we would love to see what you come up with.  

Have a great Christmas....and happy wrapping!!


  1. I'm loving the decorative tape you incorporated!

    I also used buttons this year, but all white ones. They make it easier to tie packages too. You can view my holiday wrapping here:

    and here:

  2. I adore these packages! sweet and just slap full of charm! Thank you so very much for sharing these ideas! Merry, Merry!

  3. This is so much fun!! I love all the button ideas!

  4. Amazing, how something so simple can be combined to make something so beautiful!
    Geting our my button box.

    My favorite is the pillow box with white buttons and tulle.


  5. Wow! I wish my mind worked like yours. These are all simply marvelous! I'm seriously drooling here! Thanks for sharing these ideas.

  6. Loving all of your super clever button wrapped packages. My favorite is the adorable tiny address book tied on with ribbon. I just love buttons and did some wrapped gifts with them myself this year. Happy Holly Jolly Joy to you...

  7. Love EVERYTHING! I just got home from shopping and I will be using some of your ideas. What would I do without you two?

  8. I love these! I wish I'd seen this last weekend. They would be perfect for packages that need to be mailed without smushing a bow! I'm saving this.


  9. I love these packages! Thanks for sharing!

  10. ~♥ How ADORABLE are these!!! =) i LOVE.LOVE. buTtONs & have quite the collection so this is wonderful! THANX soo much! wayyy too darling ideas! keep up the creative & sharing ideas... merrie *CHRIST*mas! will check back to see what you will be doing so wonderful in the new year! hugs & blessings, vikki ♥~

  11. Such GREAT ideas.
    Merry Christmas to you too Deb!

  12. I love all of these ideas! I wrapped all of my Christmas gifts in kraft paper but they certainly don't look as wonderful as these presents. Beautiful gifts and great inspiration! Happy Holidays!

  13. These are so nice - fairly fast and have a wow factor! Thanks so much for sharing them. I will definitely be using buttons in some of my wrapping this year!

  14. Those are the most beautiful packages. I can't imagine opening one and disturbing it's wonderfulness. Maybe, if stretch elastic cord was used you could get into the package and then put it back together to enjoy some more. I am a button hoarder and would have a hard time parting with my treasures. Thank you for the glorious views!

  15. Lovely. Just lovely! These are just amazing ideas!

  16. they look fantastic! oh, how I would love to receive one of those little beauties!

  17. Your ideas give new meaning to the term 'it's a wrap'...I really like all the button and tag ideas.

    Thank you for sharing all...and happy new year!


  18. You are awesomely creative! I'm a new follower.