We were inspired by the felt strip and button craft post by @acraftyliving 🙌. Our twist? Designer Duct tape, twist ties and shapes! Durable, great for when you're on the go, awesome for motor skills and endless possibilities for creativity. (Our littles are currently discussing making cuffs or belts, adding patterns with contrasting Duct tape, using metallic Sharpies, using the shapes on their clothing with buttons, and trading the shapes with each other!)
Materials: Duct tape, scissors, twist ties, buttons, stick resistant surface (not necessary but helpful, we used Target's Room Essentials placemats)
How to: 1) Create a strip by sticking sticky sides together. 2) Poke a hole with your scissors where you want the button. 3) Thread a twist tie through your button, twist the length together, then thread through the hole your created. 4) Leave about 1/4 inches between the button and the strip, then fold the rest of the twist tie down along the back. 5) Cover exposed twist tie with Duct tape to secure the button. 6) Create shapes then cut a slit slightly wider than the button.
Tips: For step 1), we found it helped to cut one strip, place it sticky side up on the mat, then tape down the ends. We then took another strip, lined up the strips sticky sides facing each other, then stuck them together. We then trimmed up the ends and edges. After step 5), we reinforced the front with extra Duct tape, above and below the hole, just in case.