I’ve had this idea in my head for awhile. Now that the move is done and we are settled I get to start crafting a bit again! I’m so excited! My daughter and I tested this out on Monday and then Tuesday we taught my Girl Scout troop. It was a hit!
Now that it has passed a couple tests, I’m ready to pass it along to you! The You Tube video will be up in the next couple days. I’ll add the link to this blog when it is up and running, but for now you can read our tutorial below:
What You Need:
- 2 – Flat Back Button Covers
For this craft I used the largest size we carry (1 7/8″) however you can use
any size you choose.
- Fabric Scraps
You can use scraps that you have laying around, use any of the samples
we send with your orders or pick the fabrics you like on our website and
order yourself a set of “sample squares” (6 – 3″ squares of the same fabric)
- Mod Podge
We do not sell Mod Podge, however you can get this at the big craft stores
like Michaels. For this craft we decided to go for Glossy.
My trick is just buying a regular sponge and cutting it up into easy-to-use
If you have made the button cover magnets we posted a while ago, you are ahead of the game! Some of these steps are very similar.
2. Flip your button cover over (so you see the back side of the shell and the wrong side of the fabric) and cut slits in the fabric about every quarter to half inch all the way around. Slits should be cut up to the edge of the button cover. This will help you fold the fabric sides smoothly to the button cover.
3. Mod Podge the sides and inside of the button cover shell. Begin folding fabric into the inside of the shell, pinching the inside edge so you get as smooth of an edge as possible. Add more Mod Podge to the top of the folded fabrics as needed so the next fold will stick.
4. Repeat this process to your second button cover shell and allow both halves to dry.
5. Once dry, place the shell of the button cover in the hold tool (back side up). Place the button cover backing (ridge side up) on top, careful to line up as evenly as possible.
6. Put the push part of the tool on top of button cover and push around all edges. You should be able to see some fabric around the inside edge when it is in correctly. One this is done you can pop out the button cover.
7. Mod Podge the outside of your button covers. Make sure you apply an even, ungloppy (is that a word?) coat so you don’t have any white marks or streaks when it dries. Don’t forget the edges too!
8. Allow button covers to completely dry.
9. Add on second coat to both button covers.
10. Repeat step 8.
11. Take one of your button covers and flip over so back side shows. Take your baker’s twine and eyeball how big you want your loop to be (remember, you have to get it over a tree branch, so don’t make it too small). We used about 8-10″. Cut desired length. Lay ends of baker’s twine next to each other in the middle of your button cover back. Careful not to overlap them.
12. Use your hot glue gun and squeeze that trigger! You want a nice glop of glue to cover the ends of your twine so it cannot move! In this instance, more is better!
13. Allow glue to dry completely.
14. Here’s where you will see how steady of a hand you have…Making sure your twine is not overlapping, apply hot glue to the edge of your button cover, going around the entire circle.
15. Take your second button cover and line up, back to back trying to line up the edges. Immediately press down and sandwich the two together.
16. Let the glue dry, but do not try to pull apart to see if they are dry! This will break apart the glue and you’ll have to repeat this process.
17. Measure baker’s twine around seam of button covers and cut. Apply small amount of hot glue around entire seam and lay your baker’s twine on top.
18. Let the glue dry completely.
19. Mod Podge baker’s twine that you just hot glued to your seam (do not apply Mod Podge to baker’s twine loop).
20. Allow to dry completely and add second coat if you want.
That’s all there is to this! Lots of steps, but six of them are “let it dry”!
There are many variations you can do to these ornaments. Add glitter, pictures, embroider the fabric before starting, etc…
We would love to see how your ornaments come out! Send us your pictures.