Thursday, May 6, 2010

Still Appreciating!


This is what I did for our teachers today. I loved this craft because it was kind of a no-brainer. I just gathered my materials (which, to my shock, I had on hand--except for the regular thumbtacks) and got to work without a lot of skill or thinking. I've had a lot going on so I really appreciated being able to work while completely zoned out. BTW--I have seen this type of thing on blogs in the past, but couldn't find anything this year. Here's mine:

Supplies:
covered button kits in various sizes
cork
craft foam
thumbtacks
E6000 glue
fabric scraps
wrapping supplies
paper

Instructions:
[1] Cut craft foam in desired shape.

[2] Cut cork slightly smaller in same shape and place on foam.

[3] Cut shank off of button backs with wire cutters.

[4] Cover buttons according to directions on kit.

[5] Glue thumbtack to back of covered button by putting a small amount of E6000 on head of tack and sticking it to the back of the covered button. Let dry for 15 minutes.

[6] Make a message for your "bulletin board."

[7] Tack message to cork with your fabric covered thumbtack. Add others thumbtacks around the board. Be sure tacks push through cork and foam. You may want to add a piece of cardboard or another layer of foam just to be sure your tacks aren't poking through dangerously. I threw caution to the wind and just let it go. I also added some colotful tacks that I found on clearance at Target and found again in my {scary and messy} basement when I was collecting supplies.

[8] Wrap it up nice and pretty and send it to school for your wonderful teacher.
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3 comments:

Two Shades of Pink,  said... May 7, 2010 at 8:33 AM  

How sweet! I have been wanting to make fabric covered button thumb tack thingys but I have this strange issue with buying the button covering kit. The issue is I don't have one and it is utter laziness that I don't get one. But whatever. The memo board I just did was going to be a cork board for Cati's room but then I figured...thumb tacks and my 3 years old is not my idea of fun and safe decor. This is such a great idea and your kid's teachers are getting HOOKED UP!

Suzanne,  said... May 7, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

I had seen this tack idea (with the button) on blogs and could never figure out how to do it. Of course, you cut the shank off! Thanks for giving us the heads up! Your child's teacher is one lucky lady!

Candace,  said... May 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

I found your blog via Mod Podge Rocks! I love this particular idea, but all your crafting ideas are fabulous!

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