Friday, February 25, 2011

making personalized children's buttons

Over the past several weeks, Adelaide and I had been planning and preparing birthday treats for her to give away at her birthday party. I would like to share some of our projects with you over the coming days.

Something that I've been wanting to make for children for some time now are little button pins. This year, I was able to borrow a 1" button maker from a generous friend, and so I decided to make buttons for Adelaide's little friends who would be attending her birthday party.

I have found that little children really love and seem to appreciate having items personalized especially for them, so already knew that I wanted to make first-name-initial pins for them. However, I found myself procrastinating and a couple of days before the party I had yet to even begin. Because of the lack of time, I ended up doing a quick computer search through my old work for inspiration (something I often when looking to create something on the fly). I came across a flyer I had done for our neighbourhood parent-and-tot group years back now, and realised that I could easily pick and choose from my already-made-file to create cute portrait buttons for each child.

Technically, it was easy and fairly quick to modify my Adobe Illustrator file for each child's portrait, as they are composed of just a few simple shapes. The biggest challenge really was trying to correctly recall 18 children's hair styles and eye colours! But when each child's quickie portrait was done, I would show it to Adelaide, and found that she could enthusiastically identify each child. Relief!

Once all of the letter and portraits were finished, we printed them out onto regular paper and Adelaide was able to help me load up the button maker to pop out the buttons - a rather satisfying job which only took a few minutes.

I am always a little bit nervous, when making things for people, that they will end up being disregarded and simple tossed aside. This is especially so when creating things for little children. But I have been rewarded, and have found little children seem to love, appreciate and just know when things have been made especially for them.

And it was lovely to have one usually shy little boy grab me aside many days later, to show me that he had his little buttons pinned proudly onto his winter coat. Once he was sure I had seen, he flashed me a big grin, and then he was gone.

33 comments:

Tiffany said...

I adore these!! Thank you for sharing! They are a PERFECT treasure!! So glad to see a post from you...hope you have a marvelous weekend!♥

~april said...

I always get a little thrill when I see lovelydesign pop up in my reader! :) these are so sweet! I am glad to hear that the children appreciated them!

Catherine Denton said...

You even make buttons cute! Love this idea--especially personalizing them.
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Ella said...

you are a rock star mom. you know that right?

yulia said...

I just think your daughter is the cutest little girl! I love how you guys get creative together, it's so absolutely adorable.

Thank you for sharing.

Sara said...

I think I have an idea who that shy little boy was... :)

Ransacked Goods said...

That's such a great idea. I hate giving or getting junk from parties and these are so lovely for little hands to treasure!! Thanks for the idea.

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Adorable as always. You have such beautiful ideas! Can I ask what sort of button maker that is?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Love those, and your daughter too!

Lucena Verwoert-Lau said...

Sooo clever, I love it!!! I am trying to think of on ideas for my baby girl's first birthday.

lifeinredshoes said...

Sweet momma...happy girl:)

Patrice A. said...

Great idea and great mamma!!
Love it.

giozi said...

Ohhh you give a fantastic idea for m chubby's birthday party supplies. Thanks

LJ said...

that is so cool! My girls would love it!!

giozi said...

Ohhh this machine is really expensive and weight :(

The Smallest Sparrow said...

Seriously - those are soooooo cute! I wish I knew how to use Illustrator to make cute things like this. I get so frustrated with the pen tool. But I love seeing all of the amazing things you create.

Hilary said...

That is so sweet! I share your worry that homemade things will be tossed, but I find that they are appreciated, at least most of the time.

I love that the little boy is wearing it on his coat.

dorisdays said...

I've been dying to make buttons myself. I just need to bit the bullet and get the machine. I hope that I can ask it for a gift!

ricebabies said...

I love button making and that is a great idea.

Maxabella said...

And now I'm going to have to get my hands on a button maker... somehow!

I love your blog (I found it via 'With my own two hands') and am following immediately. The coloured buttons on your little girl's cardigan was really all it took!! x

Em said...

you have such lovely ideas for craft with kids, and beautiful results. would love to see these compiled in a book!

jodi said...

absolutely adorable!!

Erin said...

What a fabulous idea! I love these buttons and I'm sure Adelaide's friends did too!

Alissa Nicolau said...

You are wonderful. I am so happy that another child gets to experience your loving, creative world firsthand.

Noivo & Noiva said...

lovely!

JOAN said...

Such adorable creations modeled by an adorable little girl. It's always great to find a new posting on your blog.

Jaime said...

What a lovely keepsake for each child. Hope the party went well. Also love love those colourful buttons on the cardy such sweetness.

Carol & Eddy said...

I love all your postings - all your creative work. The personalised button is a great idea, and we'll try the flaggy project, too :-)

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It is a adorable creations modeled by an adorable. I really like it, it is very best and such a colorful buttons, superb project.

HarmlessColor said...

I would have Loved those as a kid!

The Old Block House said...

What a lovely blog! These buttons are adorable.

Beatriz said...

Hello! My name is Beatriz and I´m from Spain. Congratulations for a baby boy and because you are a great mommy...
I have two boys and I prepare the party for the oldest in three weeks and I fall in love of buttons but I really don´t Know how to do. Please can you explain to me. I NEED THERE FOR MY PARTY!!!jajaja
Thank you soooooo much.
Beatriz.

beatrizoctubre@gmail.com

Generic Cialis said...

Looks so beautiful with that sweater. Keep up the good work and also keep posting.