The give away has now closed. Congratulations to Miranda who won the DIY Christmas Button Kit from Jackobindi.

This post is part of my 10 week Christmas Preparation Plan for 2011.

What I love about a plan, is that it gives you flexibility to work around and swap activities depending on changed circumstances. This week’s Christmas Planning post is on how to make simple handmade Christmas decorations, which was due a few weeks down the track. But when I received this gorgeous DIY Christmas Button Kit from our sponsor Jackobindi, my daughter and couldn’t wait to make them!

Handmade Christmas Decorations
The kits are pretty versatile in what you can make out of them. You can either make buttons to hang from your tree or use the buttons and ribbons to decorate your girt wrapped Christmas presents. We did a bit of both and will take you through just how easy it is to make your own handmade Christmas decorations.

Handmade Christmas Decorations
Place the pre-cut circle of fabric with the printed side across the clear part of the button tool.

Handmade Christmas Decorations
Place the shell of the button into the button tool and press down.

Handmade Christmas Decorations
Make sure the fabric is all tucked in.

Handmade Christmas Decorations
Place the back of the button on top, making sure the shank is facing out. Using the blue piece of the tool, press down on the back until you hear it “pop”.

Handmade Christmas Decorations
Push the button out and you have a beautifully fabric covered button. What you do next depends on what you want to do with the button.

Handmade Christmas Decorations - tree
If you are going to make a Christmas decoration to hang from the tree, then cut a length of the ribbon and thread it through the shank. The instructions that come with the kit, give you one way to tie the ribbon up, but we took a short cut!

Handmade Christmas Decorations - tree
We dabbed a small amount of fabric glue at the end of the ribbon and then pressed the ends together.

Handmade Christmas Decorations - tree
And so the decoration wouldn’t fall forward all the time, we placed a small amount of glue on the back of the button and pressed the ribbon down onto it.

Handmade Christmas Decorations - tree
The decorations are now ready to be hung when we put our Christmas tree up on December 1!

Handmade Christmas Decorations - wrapping
As a decoration for Christmas gift wrapping, we threaded a long piece of ribbon through the button shank and wrapped the ribbon as we normally would.

Handmade Christmas Decorations - wrapping
When it came time to tie the knot, we simply moved the button to one side to tie the ribbon up.

Handmade Christmas Decorations - wrapping
Once the ribbon was tied in a knot, we just slid the button over the top of the knot and we were done!

Jackobindi Give Away

The lovely Kerrie from Jackobindi has one DIY Christmas Kit to send out to a reader of Planning With Kids (valued at $28+). The winner will be able to select from the available kits only. They are selling fast, so we can’t guarantee all the kits will be available when it is time to select the prize.

How to enter

To be in with a chance to win the Jackobindi prize pack:

  • Visit Jackobindi, then come back here and leave a comment telling me what else you would like to try and make.
  • The giveaway is open to Australian residents only.
  • You may only enter once.
  • Entries close at 5pm AEDST 13th Nov 2011.
  • The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the blog later on the 13th Nov 2011.
  • Winners will be notified by email. If I don’t receive a response within 3 days, another winner will be drawn.
  • Good luck!

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  • Miranda November 04, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    What fabulously fun products! I’d love to try the Fabric Button Hairties – they would look adorable on my three daughters!

  • Cath November 05, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    oh my goodness I would be keen to try anything! I love the buttons and the hair clips. I’m definitely going to have to pick up something for christmas.

  • Mary Preston November 06, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I would love to try the “Do It Yourself Button Brooch Kit”. I wear a lot of brooches – they are fun & keep my bosoms from showing. I could really go to town & be very creative.


  • Nicola November 06, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve been thinking of trying the Do It Yourself Snap Clip Barrette Kit for a while and can see why it’s popular – it just seems so practical! Now that my 3yo has enough hair for clips I’m beggining to discover a whole new accessories world! I’d love to know how to make them myself. Very cute products and love the demo for the Christmas buttons here xx

  • Michael November 06, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    My better half loves crafty things and would be keen on the Fabric Cabochon Vintage Bobby Pin Kit, something she can make and then give to all our nieces and extended family.

  • Nona November 07, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I would like to try the large bobby pins with glue pads, to make some cute button hair slides for my little girl. I have a huge stash of vintage buttons and what better way to display them than on a bobby pin… or five!!

  • Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups November 07, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I love the button idea. I definately want to give that a try!

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  • Emma November 08, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I love the DIY snap clips. It never would have occurred to me that I could make this sort of thing myself!

  • Naomi November 08, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I am so glad I stumbled across your blog AND the Jackobindi store – happy days! There are so many inspiring things to make, but the endless possibilities of self-covered buttons are a winner for me :o )

  • Jasmine1485 November 08, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I’d love to get ‘Magnets for Buttons’ and some self cover buttons so I could make some pretty magnets :)

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  • julie bennett November 09, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    what a fabulous idea a big oversided button christmas wrapping ribbon would be ideal for that hand made touch on my gifts this year

  • Caprice November 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Wow that is so cool! My 3 girls would love that.

    Have just bookmarked the site as I’d love to get the Do It Yourself Snap Clip Barrette Kit, 3 girls = a LOT of hairclips!!

  • Katrina Hrelja November 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    DIY Cabochons are something I would definitely like to try!!
    They look so pretty!

  • Shell November 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    The Do It Yourself Snap Clip Barrette Kit looks fantastic. What a great way to get the kids personalising and creating their own unique look. Would make an excellent gift too!

  • Tracey Dougill November 11, 2011 at 4:01 am

    I just love these buttons and the cabochon white rose rings you made earlier. I am making alligator clips for Christmas this year for my 3.5yo girl, 18mth boy (he just loves all things girly and being a boy too-so cute), 4.5yo neice and 9yo neice.I would love the DIY snapclip barratte kit and the wooden Christmas decorations 10 pkt for my kids to paint and decorate our tree with.

  • Suzi November 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Everything just looks super amazing. I would love to try the DIY covered snap clips

  • Leah November 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Id love to try the Glass cabochon Pendant kits – looks cute, and intriguing!

  • Jayne November 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Christmas earrings or bom bons would be great to make

  • Sallyann Collins November 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I would love to make the christmas buttons as they look so easy, my 4 kids would have such fun!!!!

  • Sarah Amos November 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I would love to try the Hand Sewn Corsage Brooch. I work with alot of Seniors and this would really make there day if I gave them one of these… :)

  • Melissa November 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Wow I love these, I have been browsing for handmade Christmas presents and these would be fantastic – Christmas brooches.
    I remember making things like that eith my grandma when I was younger.

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    I love to try DIY covered snap clip with my 7 years old girl she will have so much fun doing craft

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