Monthly Archives: October 2011

Save Those Buttons!

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I have always saved the extra buttons you get from certain clothes you buy and have accumulated quite a number of them now.  I’ve always just kept them for “just in case” but there are some great things you can do with buttons that have nothing to do with clothes. I have to admit, I didn’t think of this on my own.

I receive the most beautiful handmade cards for my children from my husband’s Aunt Pat. She inherited a large collection of buttons from my husband’s Great Grandmother. I just love that my daughter gets a little bit of family history with each birthday or Christmas card.

I was told “When you live through a great depression you save everything!” And this is one of the things people always did. If you were going to throw out a piece of clothing or turn it into a rag you took all the buttons off and saved them. Makes sense! And I am ashamed to say I have not always done this. I usually donate clothes that I no longer wear but I have worn things to death and have tossed them without thinking about reusing perfectly fine buttons! Ughhhh

Anyways, back to reusing buttons. I love the way these buttons make anything fun. You can make your cards with them as above, or spruce up that ugly boring picture frame you can’t get yourself to use. Oh and I’ve even used buttons for actually taking the place of a missing button on clothing too. Miss matched buttons can be super cute looking as well. I bet buttons could be turned into a cute broach or earrings. What are some of your ideas?

Reusing those broken crayons

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When you have small children you know what I’m talking about when I say “Please pick up those broken crayons. They are everywhere!”  No matter how tidy you are, these broken crayons always sneak in with the other toys. This time I’m gathering them up and reusing them. Does anyone really like coloring with broken ugly crayons?  I’ve wanted to do this project to Holland’s excess crayons for a while. It’s Time to bake them in the muffin tin.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes until they are liquified.

Crayons look so fun to use when they are swirled with different colors and fun shapes. Kids love to color with these funny crayons. I loved coloring with my daughter with these as well.

Before I bake these old broken crayons down I’m going to make stained glass leaves.  All you do is iron some of the crayon shavings between wax paper.  I saw this craft online and wanted to make fall leaves with Holland. Looks like stained glass when hung on the windows. So pretty!  Both of these crafts I really didn’t do WITH my daughter, she’s only 2 ½.  But she did supervise and suggest colors. She’ll be a good boss one day.  HahaPrint a leaf out, trace with a sharpie and cut.

Best part is none of this cost me anything!  Grab a wire hanger that you’d be recycling anyways, and build a mobile with the wax leaves and string. You can make a decoration to pull out every autumn with the kids. Now we’re reusing memories!

Reusing for a Baby Shower

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It’s so hard to use baby’s clothes to the fullest. They grow out of everything so fast that it only makes sense to use hand me downs and to give your gently used baby clothes to a pregnant friend. But  what could I do with 15 used white onesies?  They were in great shape, but 15 is a lot!  Some were new to my babies and some were handed down as well.

Well it worked out perfectly for the baby shower I threw on Saturday. My brother and Sister in law are welcoming a baby girl in a month so I thought it would be fun to have the new baby’s cousins all decorate these onesies for the shower. I bought a few fabric paints, markers and stencils and let the kids be creative. They all turned out so wonderful. This ended up being such a great personal touch for the Mommy to be.  15  boring white onesies were turned into 15 one of a kind outfits for the baby. Not to mention, I didn’t have to buy much to decorate for the shower with since these adorable onesies filled the room.

I also re-purposed a full package of size one diapers that we didn’t get to use since my son grew out of those so quickly. I used these to make a pretty diaper cake. I did buy the decorations for the cake but I reused all my ribbon trimmings for other projects to come.

On another note about diaper cakes: It was fun to reuse all the decorations off my diaper cake from my baby shower for my daughter. I glued them to the outside of her first year’s scrap book. This scrap book brought the whole jungle theme of her shower and nursery together. I’m still trying to finish that book and she’s about 29 months old! Let me know if you ever figure out how to  re-purpose time……