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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Making a Vintage Style Button Box

I was out garage sailing yesterday and I bought two tubs of Mod Podge, a wooden cigar box, and lots of pretty vintage buttons for only two dollars. I have been lurking around on various craft sites, especially The Graphics Fairy , and loving all her vintage images and the crafts that readers send in. So I decided to make my first Mod Podge craft.

First I printed out a lot of different images from The Graphics Faiiry and cut them out to match the shapes of the box.

I then glued them on with the mod Podge, let it dry and topped it with two more coats of Mod podge to seal it.

It didn't seem finished like this so I glued more music note paper on the top edges and then used the glue gun to attach buttons to the box. I thought this was fitting since I will be storing my buttons inside.

The top slides closed.

I then nailed on a bigger button to slide the top open and closed.
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  1. Such a cute idea! I love how you nailed the button on to open and close it. :]

  2. Nice! I went garage sale shopping yesterday too, hoping to get some fabrics but with no luck, great craft, cute buttons :)

  3. ANd now you made your blog go with the button box! Wow! Lovely idea, and isn't there anything more magic than a button box for a little girl. A button is just a sign of something greater, and unknown, particularly when these are lost and found, they do symbolize some sort of former glory. Perfect nostalgic object :-)

  4. This turned out great! Love the buttons. Saw this over at Graphics Fairy :)

  5. wow. Can't imagine how big that flea market was at the Rose Bowl. Wow.

    Best wishes. Linda

  6. You combined so many of my favorite crafting supplies into your beautiful box! I am addicted to Mod Podge and vintage sheet music, and I love old buttons, too!

  7. Love these old boxes with the slide lids and you made a great new use for it!

  8. Nice score at the yard sale, and WTG getting it decorated so fast!!

  9. Thanks for all the nice comments! I just made a card for my mother in law and I think I'm hooked on Mod Podge now!

  10. I've never used Modge Podge, but I love your button box, and now I want to give it a try! Really cool Justine!

  11. Love this idea! I'm putting it on my list of projects to try.


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