Buttons and lace have been used to add sparkle, decoration, and intricate details to accessories and craft projects for centuries. You can follow in the steps of traditional crafters, and give your projects a historic feel. Or update an old-fashioned idea with bright and modern materials for your button and lace project.
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Embellish a plain fabric headband with lace and buttons. Choose a broad headband covered in plain single-coloured fabric such as satin or velvet. Pick a heavy lace ribbon in a contrasting colour. Do not choose lace that is too fine, or glue may show through from underneath and look messy. Measure and cut the ribbon to fit around the headband, and dot strong fabric glue on the heavier patterned areas along the length of the ribbon. Press the ribbon along the fabric on the band, and leave to dry. Use a hot glue gun to add matching buttons along the headband. Choose a colour similar to the original fabric of the band.
Create a vintage-inspired, cuff-style bracelet. Measure around your wrist. Add 2 1/2 inches to the wrist measurement, and cut broad ivory lace ribbon to fit that length. Turn over 1/4 inch of the ribbon at each end, and glue on the reverse side with craft glue to seal ends. Cut two 1-inch pieces of self-adhesive fabric fastener such as Velcro. Stick one piece on one end of the lace, turn the lace over, and stick the other piece at the other end. Sew or use craft glue to stick small, lightweight, pearl buttons in a row down the centre of the front of the bracelet. Wrap around your wrist, and fasten with the fabric fastener.
Soften the effect of a plain-wooden photo frame. Measure each side of a rectangular dark-wood photo frame, and cut four pieces of lace to match. Choose a broad lace ribbon that will just overlap the edges of the wood frame to softly outline the frame. A light cream lace will stand out against dark wood. Dot strong craft glue on the solid pieces of lace, and press onto the frame. The ribbons will overlap at the corners of the frame, but this will be hidden by the buttons. Use strong craft glue to stick gold, cream, or wood buttons on each corner. Use one large button in each corner for narrower frames, or group several smaller buttons together for larger frames.
Make a floral-themed greeting card from lace and buttons to show someone you care. Take a letter-sized sheet of coloured card stock, and fold in half to create a basic greeting card. Trace the outline of the folded card onto a piece of floral-patterned lace fabric, and cut out. Glue around the edges of the card, and stick the lace in place on the front of the card.
Cut a length of coloured ribbon to fit each side of the card and glue in place over the lace. Cover the joins at each corner with a button. Glue a large button in the centre of the card. Stick other buttons round the edge of the large button to create a flower shape.
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