New Omaha studio lets you craft with upcycled items

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:00 am

Nicole Hansen believes buttons, puzzle pieces, corks, safety pins and old magazines can double as art supplies.

So the Omaha upcycler opened Buttons Are My Business, a gallery and craft studio that allows kids and adults to create works of art with reusable materials, particularly buttons. The studio in Bel Air Plaza behind Scooter's Coffee near 122nd Avenue and West Center Road opened Saturday and offers two workshops per day on Saturdays and Sundays for children, plus adult art night on Fridays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Crafters looking to freely create can also stop by outside of the workshops Thursdays through Sundays, Hansen said.

Supplies — bags of buttons, puzzle pieces, wooden frames, canvases, headbands, wooden shapes to decorate, to name a few — can be purchased along with a small fee to cover paint, glue and the use of space. In celebration of the opening, crafters can also bring their own supplies and the studio fee will be waived.

The studio also serves as a gallery for Hansen's art using upcycled materials. She also creates custom pieces.

Hansen said she finds most of her materials in thrift and antique stores. She also inherited some from her grandmother.

For more information, visit or the studio and gallery's Facebook page.

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