I have a storage problem, or should I say, I had a storage problem. I have way too many buttons. My initial storage solution was one of those plastic drawer thingys from the hardware store--you know the lots of little drawers that are supposed to hold nuts and bolts and nails? For quite a few years that worked well, but my button collection continued to grow even though I use lots of them in my crafting. I needed a better solution, but what? And I didn't want to spend a lot of money either.
Then it dawned on me: cigar boxes. I have lots of them from my father, and I didn't have an immediate use for them so I had a nice little pile in the basement waiting for me to do something with them.
I cut out magazine photos with colors that represented the buttons in each box and framed them with scalloped edge paper in the same colors. I stamped the color name on text from an old book and put that on top of the collage. The embellishment is only on one side of the box since they are stacked on a shelf.
Here is a close up:
I have so much room for my buttons now. I divided some boxes down the middle to hold two colors that I usually don't have a lot of like orange and yellow.
And here are the red buttons all on their own:
I do love my cheap--free!--storage solution! I now have room for--gasp!--more!
I have been putting together a new grouping of pin cushions, and setting some aside for my etsy shop for the week of September 9th when I am one of 30 lucky etsy sellers who will be in a co-op ad in the October/November issue of Mary Engelbreit Home Companion magazine! I want to have lots of goodies available for when the magazine launches. The result in my studio lately is a "hot mess" of half-made pin cushions.
I better get to work!~~I hope you find a fun solution this week for whatever small problem is in your craft world!~~~XXOO, Beth