Jumping on the Button Wagon

It seems everywhere you turn everyone is embellishing their cell phone cases and well I thought I’d better jump on the Button wagon! As you can see from the previous post Cricket has completed 3 of her own and what great ideas and well you know I wanted to see for myself…

The trend is called “Decoden” – originated from Japan – “deco” being short for decorated and “den” short for phone – “denwa”. The base is like a “faux” icing and then your embellishing the top from beads, gems, BUTTONS, miniatures such as candy, desserts…you name it! When I say faux icing many people have used “caulking” which you can get from the hardware store.  Believe me from what I’ve seen this is not just for phones – it’s showing up on fingernails, boxes, e-readers you name it. But that’s the fun of it!

Although I personally have not tried the technique above – I took a simpler route “glue”… So here is my very simple, but bright, colorful cell phone case!

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Materials:  BUTTONS – Favorite Findings, Colors by Favorite Findings, La Mode, LaPetite; seed beads; plastic cell phone case; glue (I used E6000); dimensional glue; wooden craft stick; sandpapercell phone 001

I actually lightly sanded my cell phone case so that the glue would adhere better (you don’t have to this is just an option).  Next step as you see below I laid out my buttons to give me a concept of what it will look like:

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And from there I “schmeared” (not sure if that’s a word but it works and you know exactly what I’m talking about!) my glue using a wooden craft stick and started placing my buttons downs – there was no rhyme or reason. As you can see from the photo on the left it does look different – but at the end it all fit!  Next step I used was Dimensional Glue…you’ll see why…

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Many of you right now are saying “are you kidding”? It actually went quicker than I thought – wherever there was a space I filled it with seed beads! This was just a bit tedious but the end result..let it dry for several hours before using!

Don’t forget to do the sides and careful not to obstruct the photo lens.

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Have fun with the project – we have such a great selection of themed buttons – flowers, rock theme, Sweet Treats (as in Crickets blog), fun bright colors. Check out some of our Favorite Findings – I’m thinking maybe gems – give my next one the “bling” look! Why not invite some friends over and see what each one creates – it’s endless. And don’t forget to share your ideas with all of us on facebook!

Happy Crafting!

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