A year or so ago, I sat my then 6 year old with a tray full of buttons and left her to play. To my surprise, she was still there, hours later, making pictures as happily as Larry 🙂 (Who is this Larry, I ask myself?)
I liked all her efforts so much that I started a Pinterest board to collect other ideas and since then, buttons seem to have just taken off as the latest craft fad.
This is fab; some houses with have an inherited button box anyway but they can be easily bought on eBay in mixed colours and packs of crafty loveliness and places like Dunelm, The Range and Hobbycraft are fast picking up the traces. I got our original ones from NESArnold, an educational supplier. We’ve added to them and played with them, counted with them, matched shapes, colours, done fractions, used them as eyes and more. They’ve been a great addition to our craft cupboard.
We are busy experimenting with putting them on to felt and on to scrapbooking papers to be card toppers. There is no end to the opportunities, especially once you get the hang of the basic shapes. Consult a website or book on your own local butterflies for colour and pattern ideas and you might learn something too. We’ll be back with more of ours soon.
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