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Friday, April 8, 2011

Guest Post: Alisa from Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

Today, Alisa from Sweet Peas and Bumblebees has a fun spring craft to share with you today. Here's Alisa!


Hi everyone!! I’m Alisa from the blog, Sweet Peas and Bumblebees!

I’m a wife to an amazing man, mom to 2 adorable little ones, stay at home mom, crafter {when I can find time}, cook, and a newbie blogger. While I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember, I’ve just recently started blogging about it. I’m absolutely loving sharing my crafting ideas with everyone and have a list of crafts I want to complete a mile long! Now all that I need is the time…and the energy!!


My twin sister and I (I’m the one on the left!) both share our craft tutorials, ideas and recipes on our blog. I hope you’ll stop by sometime to find some inspiration and check out all that we have created!

I am SO ecstatic and honored to be guest posting over here A Glimpse Inside!!!
Thanks Allison!

Button Flower Garden

This idea came to me one day….possibly because I literally cannot wait for spring to come, or because it has been snowing on and off this week {I know, it is not supposed to snow in the end of March right??} and I just want a little bit of Spring in my home!

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  • Frame (mine is an old frame I wasn’t using at the moment)
  • Scrap fabric
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon (1/4”, 5/8” and 7/8”)
  • Hot glue

To start off, simply cut a piece of thin cardboard to fit in your frame. Then, take your fabric and cover your cardboard, hot gluing it onto the back. It does not have to be perfect on the back (no one will ever see that part), but make sure the front side is smooth and tight against the cardboard.

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Start laying out your buttons into a flower pattern. (I prefer to lay everything out before I glue.)

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Once you have all your buttons arranged how you would like them, you need to start cutting your ribbon for the stems. I used 1/4” ribbon for this and simply laid the ribbon on the fabric and cut to my desired length.

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Carefully slide the buttons up so you have room to glue your stems. Heat seal the ends of the ribbon. Hot glue the stems on the fabric using a small strip of glue down the middle of the stem. (Make sure your ribbon goes to the very end of the bottom of the fabric so you will not see the ends when it is in your picture frame.)

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To start gluing your buttons on, start with the center (green buttons) and glue them on the ends of the ribbon. Then glue the other buttons around the center button so you don’t see the end of the ribbon.

Now it is time to cut the leafs. I used a variety of colors of green ribbon in 5/8” and 7/8” and it turned out adorable. The greens do not have to match.

Start with a 3-4 inch section of ribbon and free-hand cut a leaf shape.

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Heat seal all sides of the leaf {they actually curl slightly when you heat seal them, giving them a slight 3-D appearance}

Put a small amount of hot glue at the base of the leaf on both sides, lift up the edge of the ribbon where you want the leaf to be and stick the leaf in so that you can’t see the base of the leaf anymore.

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Place your fabric covered cardboard in the frame and secure the backing on the frame (if there is one).

TaaDaa….You now have a Button Flower Garden!!

Happy Spring!!

Thanks again Allison for having me!
Stop by Sweet Peas and Bumblebees anytime!

Thanks so much for sharing your adorable spring craft and for guest posting Alisa!
I appreciate it!


  1. Thats a very creative idea my daughter would love this craft!

    Following you !

  2. I am in love with your blog! Sooooo many cute ideas!!! I hope you will drop by my blog sometime!
    I am also following you on Twitter! On twitter...I am Twittle__Dee

    Looking forward to getting to know you!



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