Hello Everyone! Today I'm going to share how to make this little gift cup. I made mine a general "Oh.. Happy Day" cup to give to a friend. You could easily make it for a Birthday, or a number of other occasions, just by changing the greeting.
Fancy Pants Designs supplies:
Hopscotch: Patterned Papers
Hopscotch: Mingled buttons
Fancy Pants Designs Buttons
Fancy Pants Designs Ribbon and Trim
wire (I used soft galvanized #19)
wire cutter (needle nose work the best)
hot glue gun
First you need a cup. Any cup. I find cups at flea markets, and thrift stores all the time. If your cup has a saucer, that's great, but if it doesn't, that's okay too. I created my own saucer look with shapes cut from my Fancy Pants Designs papers. Start by cutting a piece of styrofoam to fit inside your cup, and hot glue it to the bottom and sides of the cup to hold it in place.
Once you have your styrofoam in place, add some moss to the the top to hide the styrofoam.
Now that your cup is ready, it's time to make the button flowers to add to it. Layout all your buttons and get ready to pick the colors and sizes you want to put together. (The fun part:)
For each flower you will want to cut a piece of wire approximately 6 inches long. Although you probably won't want your flowers that high out of your cup, you will want that length so that you have enough wire to wrap around in the back of the button. This is where you can get creative, and choose what buttons (regular or chipboard), and punched circles from your papers, that you want to use together to create your layered button flowers. If you are using multiple buttons you will want to line up the holes so that the wire will go thru them all. If you are wanting to add punched paper circles, using a needle to create holes for the wire to go thru works well. Using your wire cutter to bend your wire, run the wire thru at least two of the button holes in your button.
You will want your wire to meet in the back of the button.
Use your wire cutter or a needle nose pliers to twist the wire in the back of your button to hold it in place. (using your needle nose pliers will help you be able to twist the wire tight. The tighter the better, to hold your button upright and not be floppy.) If you need to, just add a bit of hot glue). Don't worry to much about the back of your button being really tidy, you really wont see it:) I suggest adding your button flowers to your cup as you finish them, so you can arrange them and see how many you will want to add, and what height you would like each one.
Once you have your cup of button flowers finished, cut two small pennant shapes from your patterned papers to add to these skewers to hold your greeting or message. I cut a long thin strip of one of my papers and wrapped it around the skewers. (Hot gluing the paper strip to the skewer only at the top and the bottom will hold it in place fine).
If your cup has a saucer, and you want to attach it to the cup, E6000 will work well to hold it in place. If you don't have a saucer, you can easily get that look by cutting round decorative shapes from your papers with a die cutting machine, and adhering them to the bottom of the cup like I did.
Finish off with some Fancy Pants Designs trim around the cup and a bit of ribbon tied on the handle.
Whether it's a friend's birthday, or you know someone who could just use a little pick me up, this should make them SMILE!
Thanks for stopping by!