Saturday, March 10, 2012

Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Scrapbook Steals blog hop.  You should have come here from the Scrapbook Steals Blog page.  If not, head back over and start from there.  Don't forget to visit everyone's pages and leave a comment.  Scrapbook Steals will draw a name from all the comments to win a $20 Scrapbook Steals gift certificate.  Every comment is a chance to win!  How great is that!!!

I was beyond honored when Kristy Lee asked me to join in the fun. We have so many wonderfully talented girls part of this hop.  I just hoped I could live up to it.  :-)  When we were asked to create with Basic Grey Buttons and Brads, I was in heaven.  I love the colors that Basic Grey uses.  I went through a number of different ideas about what I wanted to do - from a scrapbook page to a topiary.  I finally settled on a button wreath.  I had never done one before and I thought it was time to add a little something crafty to my daughter's room, and this would a perfect time to kill two birds with one stone, as it were. 

So I set off to find what I needed to make one!  I used a white wreath form, a lot of glue sticks, some straight pins and, of course, the Basic Grey Brads & Buttons.


I sorted the brads and buttons according to size - with a little help from my little guy.


I spray painted the wreath gold so that if anything showed through when I got done layering buttons and brads, there would be a fun color showing.  Make sure you test your Styrofoam on an inconspicuous spot before you paint the whole thing.  Some paints don't mix with some Styrofoams.  I got lucky with mine and it all worked out just fine.


From there, it was a matter of layering buttons and brads all over the wreath.  I started with the largest buttons and kept working my way down through the sizes.  I discovered the heads of my stick pins were too small for the bigger buttons, but they worked perfect for the small buttons, so I used them as a pop of silver accents throughout the wreath.


Here is the final product.  My almost 5 year old son had fun working with me on this project - handing me the next buttons, brads, etc.  And now he has claimed this wreath as his own.  Guess I will be making another one for my daughter's room!


I hope you enjoyed taking a look at how I made this fun wreath. 

Here is the Blog Hop Order.  Be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment.  Remember - the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win that $20 gift certificate! 
I will also be choosing a separate winner from the comments on my site.  You don't have to be a follower, but I would love it if you do!  I will use Random.org to pick a winner Monday morning.

Cheers!

132 comments:

  1. Very unique! I like very much!

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  2. nice wreath, I bet the little guy felt so special crafting with you!

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  3. What a great idea!! I just love the way this looks with all the buttons!!

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  4. Wow - that was a lot of hot glue!!

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  5. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Awesome project. It is so inspiring! I am so going to start using my buttons and brads more.

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  7. You have great patience...great idea

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  8. I love how buttons look on a project but have always been scared off trying them... but a wreath - what a great idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  9. What a great idea for a craft that my son can help me with!

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  10. Cute! I know one little girl in my house who would be ecstatic to help with such a project!

    Connie V.

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  11. WOW - such an easy and cute idea! thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. cute idea! and a great craft to get kids involved in :)

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  13. Love how it turned out! It looks like it took awhile!

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    1. Actually, it wasn't too bad Heather. I was able to make it in a day.

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  14. Very cute idea! I have never seen these wreaths done with buttons!

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  15. I love this project. I may have to do one for my kids since I have so many buttons and never know what to do with them.

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  16. Adorable! It's a good thing that you had your helper :)

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  17. That is a really cute wreath! I can see how your 5 yo would like to help! I should do that too! Good job Kristina!

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  18. Such a great use of buttons, Kristy. There was a time when I would sigh thinking I didn't have enough for a project like this but not anymore! So cute, simple, and fun!

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  19. Great job Kristy! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. What a great idea for using up all the extra buttons you have lying around (or at least I seem to be overflowing with buttons right now). It looks great and is a cool idea. :)

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  21. Great Idea.. Just perfect for little hands to help with.

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  22. That turned out cute! I'm curious as to how many packages of buttons and brads this took to cover the wreath?

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    1. Kelly, it was about 7 packages total from the Steal today. But I probably could have stopped earlier too.

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  23. Awesome wreath Kristy! I have never done one because I am always too intimidated, but yours looks fantastic and I think I might have to give it a try.

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  24. Just another amazing way you could decorate a reef. Love it

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  25. I just got a 3# bag o'buttons - my glue gun is firing up!

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  26. What a cool idea, it looks great! And so fun that the kiddos can help!

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  27. How cute, What a great idea I think I will make one and use the bottons I have on hand and then can go restock guilt free.

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  28. Kristy your wreath is amazing!! I love it and think something like that would look fabulous in my little guys rooms!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  29. I LOVE your wreath, Kristy! All of the colors are so versatile, it would look great anywhere!

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  30. Love this idea!! I think it turned out great- and I just might be doing this myself (complete with the help of my little guy!).

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  31. I love the idea to use staight pins through the button holes! Very CUTE!

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  32. What a great idea Kristy! I love how it turned out!

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  33. I love this wreath! I have been so intimidated by wreaths but this gives me a kick in the rear to try it! Great job!!!

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  34. Wonderful button wreath!

    Kathleen
    Blog: Creo by Lady Katutz at http://creobyladykatutz.blogspot.com/

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  35. So pretty! I've never done a wreath but I am thinking I should. Nice work Kristy!

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  36. Love your button wreath. So creative.

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  37. What a creative way to use buttons. Love the wreath.

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  38. I love this! You are so talented... I would have never thought of this!

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  39. Your wreath is so cute! Great idea!

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  40. Wow! This is fantastic! I love it. You are so talented Kristy.
    Melanie

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  41. Love the button wreath!!! Can't wait to make one myself!!

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  42. I love your wreath - it looks fabulous!

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  44. No wonder your little guy wanted to keep it. It looks good enough to eat!!

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  45. When I first read this, I thought what?? I was pleasantly surprised! It is very nice. I see it becoming a heirloom and hanging in your son's child's room one day. You know styrofoam lasts forever. Some kind of way you need to date it.

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  46. Adorable wreath! Thanks for sharing!!

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  47. What a good idea! It could make a beautiful christmas wreath too if you used different colors. Great idea!

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  48. What a great idea! and love your scrapbook pages!

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  49. LOVE this idea! It is so very pretty and what a great idea for a craft with your kids!

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  50. Kristy - too cute! My bathroom's needing a touch of color and this might just do the trick.

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  51. I love homemade wreaths! This is such a cute and unique idea!

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  52. I love that your little guy was able to help with the project! My 2 year old loves to "help" me with my scrapping.

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  53. So cute! I want to do a rainbow type one!

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  54. Nice idea. It would use so many of my hard to come by buttons, though.

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  55. What a great idea, and it turned out so well. How long did it take?

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  56. What a fun idea! I never would have thought of that! Must have taken you ages - but so worthwhile - the end result is just GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for the inspiration :-) x

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  57. I've never seen a wreath like this before. Pretty.

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  58. Love the wreath! The whole concept was so creative. I love that your sion was able to take part in the project. Incredibly adorable that he was so proud of what he & his mom made that it now hangs in HIS bedroom! 2 cute! I love it when you can include the kids on a project. Great idea to do with my nieces instead of the millions of plastic glittery bead bracelets ;)

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  59. what a great way to use up some buttons, thanks for the inspiration!

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  60. I love that you did a project kids can help with! My son is a big helper and loves crafting with me. Love the idea!

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  61. Wow that's pretty unique! I'm curious, did you cover even the back or underside of the wreath or is it just the front? I'm just wondering if a whole wreath can be covered by 7 packages of b&b...?or would I need more?

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    1. Kai - I went about 3/4 of the way around. I held up the wreath to the wall to see where it hit the wall.

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  62. My daughter will love doing this project. :)

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  63. Gorgeous wreath! I think I have to make this for my daughter!

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  64. It's great that you incorporated your son on the project. Love it!

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  65. What a fantastic project idea! It looks great and it's so simple...big bonus that the kidlets can help! LOVE LOVE LOVE :)

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  66. cute idea. would love to try a star shaped one using basic grey buttons for my boys star wars themed room that they are getting this summer.

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  67. WOW! Can't beat the color on that wreath, can you? It will match ANY room decor she every picks!! :) Looks like it took a lot of time!

    --SharonDoesBaskets

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  68. Thanks, for sharing this idea. It seems a little time consuming, yet, at the same time, I enjoy projects, like this, that let my analytical side(sorting sizes, etc.) 'play' with my creative side. I think, it's awesome, that your son, claimed this. I know, my daughter, would love, love, love, to 'help' me with this. (And, I would love that, too.) Thanks, again. ~Kristin

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  69. That turned out really cute. We all could use a way to use those leftover buttons!

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  70. Love your wreath. Cute as a button!

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  71. Wow Kristy! That must have taken forever! Awesome idea!

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  72. What a great project to work together with your son!

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  73. Love that wreath...I may have to do that with my daughter :)

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  74. Cute wreath - and a great way to involve your son!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  75. what a fun project for little ones to get involved with!!! TFS!

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  76. A fun project to do on a rainy day--and very colorful!

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  77. Kristy I love this wreath!!! what and excellent idea!!! onto the next blog!!!

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  78. wow...super cute Kristina! Love the wreath!

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  79. What a wonderful project! Great idea. I think I may just have to make one myself for my daughter`s room. Thanks for sharing!

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  80. Wow, this is super cute. Good project to make with and for my niece!

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  81. What a great idea .. I love wreaths and never thought about making one out of buttons.

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  82. Never thought about using them for this. Great idea! Heidi C.

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  83. Such a fantastic idea~now I know what I can do with all those buttons I have!

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  84. I love this! I would have never thought to paint the styrofoam...wonderful idea!

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  86. Super cute!! Love this idea...might have to try this for one of my kids' rooms! TFS!

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  87. Oh my, that is so adorable!~

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  88. Great idea! What a wonderful way to use the buttons and brads.

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  89. I love that your son helped you with this project! Nice work!

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  90. Very Cute! The next contest should be "How many buttons on the wrteath" :)

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  91. Fun wreath, Kristy! I bet you could make several variations of that :)

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  92. What a cute little fun wreath!

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  93. Very colorful! I'm sure your son will treasure "his" wreath for a very long time!

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  94. Love it! My kids would have a blast helping me with a project like this!

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  95. What a fun project to do with the kids!

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  96. Love all your ideas! Thanks for letting hop your blog today! =)

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  97. This is so neat...what a great idea. I love it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  98. Fun and colourful! Could create lots of looks depending on the colour scheme used :)

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  99. Love it! I can't wait to try this!

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  100. Hey it's only fair if your little man helped that he get to enjoy his work to! Heehee.

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  101. What a great project - it's so cute!!!

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  102. So cute!! That may be just the thing to brighten up my boys' room! Love the buttons...

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  103. That must have taken forever! And I love the post about using your border punch and then cutting off the loops - double border that way!

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