In about 18 days there will be an art show at the boys' school, where they display their art made out of recycled/repurposed materials. This is N's project. He is making his initials out of buttons. Years ago...about 10 years ago in fact, I had made a project similar to this with white buttons on a piece of cream toile in the shape of a heart and framed in a vintage wooden frame for a customer. I had kind of forgotten about it until I came across these button initials on etsy and decided the boys could probably manage this project. The N is drawn on in chalk so that it can be erased after. The buttons have come off various clothes not good enough to donate (rag bin clothes) and buttons saved from a variety of sources (my grandmother's button jar and my brother-in-law's grandmother's button jar have been added to my own collection).
This is how far he got today, in about 4 sittings...
I have to say he is really enjoying this project. In fact, I am the one holding him up a bit... he still needs my help to thread the needle. The colours aren't quite right in this photo, but the buttons are all green on a dark olive green/black background. He plans to make the S in all blue buttons.
On a side note: yesterday I posted about how much fun they were having with giant grasses they picked while on our walk...Today, we came across some tops I had made for them back when they were maybe 3 and 6 or 4 and 7. Simple toys really are so much better (straight out of S's mouth today). They played with these for hours today! Easy peasy to make...I cut a thin wooden dowel and sharpened the end in a pencil sharpener and poked it through a wooden bead that I had painted. That's it...no glue, no nails/screws, nothing. You could probably make these with all different shapes of wooden beads (Sorry, I don't have a source, they were just in a bag of bits I had around...and that was 5 or so years ago).
Competitions ensued...S can make his spin in his hand, and then drop it, still spinning on the table.
N can make his spin on the sofa...upside down...and hit it with something and watch it recover.
A quilting hoop was turned into a stadium (or battleground depending on who you ask).
I can't wait to see how everyone else is getting their craft on with KEEP CALM CRAFT ON over at Frontier Dreams (Tuesdays). Wanna come join?
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