Paint samples are really cheap (cheaper at Lowes than Walmart). Grab a blank canvas (also cheap), use painters tape to make a design, and buy a size appropriate wooden letter, or smaller letters to make a word, and paint those= Awesome art.
Store buttons, etc. in canning jars on a 3 tiered rack. just seeing this makes me want to start collecting buttons again. i used to have a ton but i used most of them on crafts.i like seeing them in jars like this!