Crafting with Niki – Button Bookmarks

It’s never to early to start thinking about Christmas. To be perfectly honest, I have the first of my Christmas shopping coming in the mail this week.  Gasp.  I know.  This is actually a late start ;o  For me, Christmas shopping is about a six-month ordeal.  I bargain shop and pick up things as I find a great deal for someone in my family.  I have  a large family and lots to buy, and the best way for me to do it has always been slowly to find those great bargains.   Honestly, when it’s all over, there is a withdrawal period for me (luckily we are overrun with December/January birthdays in my family, so I can’t suffer too long).

Well, this year we have been hit pretty hard financially and I haven’t been able to pick up those deals, even when I see them.  So I have started thinking hand-made.  What can I make for everyone that is thoughtful, usefully, and not expensive!  It’s hard for me because we are a family of many men!  Between my 4 brothers, my dad, my father-in-law, brother-in-law, 2 nephews, my Pappaw, and my son, there are way more boys than girls to give gifts to.

I think for the next few months I am going to try and focus on hand-made gifts that everyone can make for someone in their family.  Today’s craft is button bookmarks.  I came across these on-line and think they are absolutely ingenious.  Not only are they cute, but they are useful to so many different people.  These would make great gifts for teachers, for grandparents, teenagers, dads, kids, just about anyone.  You can use your creative imagination and make a super fun, cute bookmark for kids or a more traditional one for guys.   If budget allows, I’ll pick up a bargain book or a cool thrift store find for a complete gift!

Button Bookmarks are super easy to make.   You can use any ribbon width, I think 1/2″ to 1 inch is good.   Cut your ribbon about 12 – 15 inches in length.  Be creative with your buttons. You can often find buttons at thrift stores or yard sales.  Check out the scrapbook section in stores like Tuesday Morning and Big Lots, they often have great deals.  Look for buttons with initials for a great personalized gift!  The possibilities are endless!

You will need buttons, ribbon, and a hot glue gun.  If you’re going to let the kids help, then you will probably want a low heat glue gun.

Gather your supplies first!

Gather your supplies first!

Here I took two buttons and glued the ribbon between them.

3/8" ribbon sandwiched between two buttons

3/8" ribbon sandwiched between two buttons

Finished bookmark.

Finished bookmark.

On this bookmark, I folded the ribbon over twice, then glued the button on.

Ribbon foldedd over and glued to one button.

Ribbon foldedd over and glued to one button.

Some of the bookmarks I made!

Three bookmarks, total cost aprx. $6.

Three bookmarks, total cost aprx. $6.

This will be perfect for my Pappaw!

This will be perfect for my Pappaw!

Niki is a work-at-home-mom of two children, ages 3 and 1. She makes handcrafted items for children and moms. Niki’s Knacks can be found at http://nikisknacks.etsy.com.


Comments

  1. Awesome idea. I think we’ll start working on these for teacher gifts- with 4 kids and “extra” teachers for dance, scout leaders, etc- it can get expensive. This will be something easy for my 3 1/2 year old to actually do (almost) by themselves.

  2. That is a lot of teachers Tiffany! You could even find some cool buttons on old clothing to recycle 🙂

  3. Great idea! Thanks Niki.

  4. I love this idea. And it’s totally something I can get my kids involved with. Thanks for the idea.

  5. What a great idea, Niki! You always come up with the best things that we can actually do!