Friday, February 4, 2011

Recycled Paper Clips, Buttons, and Paper Scraps

It is a good feeling to use the things already on hand for crafting. After all, isn't that how quilts came to be - women using recycled clothing and other fabric scraps to make something beautiful and functional at the same time.

This idea evolved when I needed a way to attach together my business card and other small items included in outgoing packages. With a drawer full of paper scraps, a can of buttons, and lots of extra paperclips on hand, here's what I came up with.

To make them, you will need the items mentioned in the previous paragraph, some glue, and a small flower paper punch.  A cotton swab works well as a glue applicator, and wax paper is handy as a non stick work surface.

Lay out your paper flowers, wrong side up, on the sheet of waxed paper. Dip the clips (single side, not the double side used to insert paper) into a puddle of glue, and then lay on top of flower. Let dry.

 Flip flower over and use cotton swab to apply glue to button.

My granddaughter was my hand model
Attach to front of flower and let dry. Voila!

Cute and functional at the same time.

Happy Crafting ♥