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Buttons top these petit-four favors, which are set on cupcake papers, then nestled into glassine-lined black and white boxes, their lids swapped. Double-sided tape secures the ends of aqua ribbon underneath calligraphed labels.
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Recalling the winning air of an award rosette, this little adornment flourishes even in the depths of winter. Use a kit (found at notions shops) to convert the fabric into covered buttons. To make, sew a smaller button on top of a larger one with embroidery floss. Glue to the head of a hat pin with jeweler's glue.
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Double-Sided Cuff Links
These fetching fasteners -- and clever paper cuffs -- make a sweetly practical gift for groomsmen.
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Use this creation to affix whichever blooms you choose to a lapel.
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Monogram Cuff Links
For a letter-perfect token of appreciation, embroider initials on linen and attach to buttons.
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Create a wearable bouquet by mixing fabric-covered styles in different sizes, hues, and patterns; a linen leaf finishes the playful look.
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Tie your circle of wedding-day friends together with these ribbon-adorned brooches that can serve as either corsages or boutonnieres.
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Mismatched pearl buttons, vintage and new, lend this ring pillow a homespun note. Simple to make from two pieces of felt and a bit of polyfill stuffing, its edges cut with scallop shears, it even incorporates a hint of "something blue."
Gold bands by Cartier.
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You might say these buttoned-up seating cards have a touch of clasp. The holders securely prop the cards thanks to stitched pairs of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons that act as removable clips. Use mismatched styles for a note of whimsy; keep things elegant with a simple palette of dove-gray card stock and pale-yellow ink.
Calligraphy by Deborah Delaney (212-877-8773).
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Continue the theme by showcasing store-bought candy that look like buttons -- ours are from Ju-C Suckers -- with a display made from a Styrofoam block wrapped in paper. Punch holes in paper before covering; once paper is in place, push lollipop sticks through holes.
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A small strip of felt with a button and slit buttonhole (no hemming needed) adds a bit of dash to 2-inch-round wooden boxes.
Boxes from Lenderink Technologies. Calligraphy by Deborah Delaney (212-877-8773).
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Don't get on one -- give one! Here, covered buttons tied to doubled cord secure lids and name tags on 3 1/2-inch square containers; inside are adorable button-shaped soaps (slip cord over box after fastening).
Soaps from Two's Company.
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