Springtime Vintage Altered Button Container

OK, I'll admit it.  I sometimes like to save the kind of things that "you never know when you might need someday."

I'm not a hoarder, by any means, even though that tendency seems to run in my family.  But sometimes, I do get an idea of how I might be able to use something in the future, for a stamping class or household project, and I save and save and save until I have a pile of things!  Here's an example…

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Stampin' Up! embellishment containers!  I just can't throw these babies away!  They are so small and "organizy" and surely I can use them for something!

To my credit, I've already used them many times to hold project supplies for my workshops.  Very functional.  But, then I saw Patty Bennett alter them, and it gave them a whole new life! 

Check out my version that we did at my April Stamp Club on Friday night…

Springtime button holder   Springtime button holder - open

Oh my!  Isn't that just the most darling little container now?  See!!!!  I knew that I was saving these little jars for something! 

Now, these containers have a lot more potential!  They could still be button or brad holders, and look so pretty setting on a shelf by your craft table!  But, they could also be a treat gift box, a jewelry gift box, a pretty pill box, or paper clip holder, just to name a few ideas.  Too Cool!

Springtime Vintage Altered Button Container How-Tos

Alter - tabs

• Start by cleaning off any excess labels from your container.  Sometimes the labels peel right off.  Mine weren't coming off that easily, so I just took the tabs off and left the circles.  TIP: You could always take more time using some Goo-Gone or Goof-Off to get them off completely. 

Alter - sticky tape red

• Decorating the lid: Run a line of Sticky Strip around the top 1/3 edge of the lid.  This is going to be used to hold both the Pom Pom Trim and the Designer Paper with one strip of tape!  TIP: You can see a "line" on the edge of the lid, and I ran my tape just above that (1/16" maybe).  I tried making it flush with that line, but I had sticky tape peeking through under my pom poms, and you don't want that! 

Alter - sticky tape clear

• Once you're all the way around, remove the red liner and fold the tape over the "corner" and onto the top of the lid. 

Alter - top

• Punch out a 2-1/2" Circle of Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper and adhere to the top of the lid.  I love that it fits perfectly!  Woohoo!

Alter - pom pom  

• Apply Pom Pom Trim along the edge of the lid.  I made the trim flush with the DSP on top, then wrapped it over the edge to the side.  TIP: There is definitely a "top" and "bottom" side to the Pom Pom Trim.  The trim will lay flatter against the sides if you put the side with more "trim" showing on the top of the lid.  

I have to say that it was this project that really sold me on the Pom Pom Trim—way too cute!  And, even though the Springtime Vintage DSP doesn't have Melon Mambo in it, the colors still coordinate fabulously!  If you like this combination, remember both are only available for a limited time in the Occasions Mini, which ends April 30, so be sure to order online today!

Alter - side

• Next I adhered a 8" x 1-2" piece of striped paper around the outside of the container with SNAIL.  I added another circle of Springtime Vintage DSP to the bottom of the container with SNAIL.

Now, you can decorate the container any way you like! 

I created Scrunched Faux Suede Flowers and I layered them on some Pear Pizzazz branches from the Bird Punch.

Springtime button holder - top

Scrunched Faux Suede Flowers How-Tos

Alter - bone folder   Alter - faux suede

• I started with a strip of Melon Mambo card stock. To create the faux suede, I used a bone folder on the strip like you would curly ribbon to break up the fibers.  Keep curling it one way and then the other until the card stock easily separates, then pull it apart.  If it doesn't separate easily, keep curling!  TIP: You can also use a Crimper over and over to loosen the paper.

Alter - flower punches

• Punch out five of the large flowers in the Boho Blossoms Punch.  Then, scrunch the flowers up.

Alter - flower pierce

• Unscrunch the flowers and lay them on top of each other.  The the faux suede felt-like texture has a lighter color than the smoother side, so you may want to alternate which side is up as you layer, so the flower will have more of a two-tone look.  Use a Paper Piercer to poke a hole through the center and add a Rhinestone Brad.

Alter - flower scrunch

• Rescrunch each layer, one at a time.  The first layer should be really tight, nearly covering the brad, then keep scrunching each layer a little more loose each time.  Once it's all scrunched, you can play with the petals to get the look you want.

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Next, I'll show you another way to alter embellishment containers into a super cute Easter bonnet!  You won't want to miss it! 



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