Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Daily Buzz Moms 9x9: Deck the Doors!


Is your front door looking a little dismal? Mine was. Nothing was on it, until recently. Yes, I created this. Our very own monogrammed initialed button plaque. Long description for such a cute piece, right?

I was recently chosen and selected to participate in the Daily Buzz Moms 9x9: Deck the Doors special.  On Thursday, December 22, my blog will be featured, along with 8 others, showcasing their front doors.  I wonder what everyone else made?

Fortunately, I work in the "Button Capital of the World".  Yes, that is their claim to fame.  Located right on the Mississippi River, it once made enough pearl buttons out of clam shells to clothe the world.  Today, there are two small factories left, one that I visited last week to get some buttons.  Free!

This monogrammed plaque is beyond easy.  Here is what you'll need:
  • A wooden board or plaque (got mine at Wal-Mart for 2.99)
  • Spray paint
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Glue gun
  • Drill (if needing to drill hole for ribbon)
Close-up of the buttons.
Directions:
  • Drill hole in top of board for ribbon to be tied later (enlist your hubby, he'll be beyond excited).
  • Spray paint the board your desired color.  Let dry.
  • Trace your letter with pencil on the board.
  • Place buttons within that trace to see how it will look, before gluing.
  • Glue buttons one at a time, until filled in.
  • Tie ribbon in bow for hanging effect.
So, do you think you can do it?  I promise you can.  It's simple, easy and inexpensive.  Total cost for mine was well under $5.

I may even do some custom orders, if anyone is interested, but it will cost you more than $5!

If you're not into buttons, or cannot find any in surplus, try this hanging initialed frame.  Another great idea for your front door.  I featured it a few weeks ago on one of my DIY Sunday posts.  All directions and pictures for this frame can be found here.


Gosh, I promise I'll be back to chatting about food soon.  Next up is a great coffee cake like bread.  I've been baking it since college, from a bank cookbook my sister gave me years ago.  An oldie but a goodie!

Think buttermilk and cinnamon.

Stay tuned!

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