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Making Button Earrings

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Beautiful and interesting buttons can be fashioned into jewelry. This guide is about making button earrings.


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Jess Hampton2 found this helpful
June 19, 2005

Do you have any beautiful, old buttons in your collection that either don't number enough for the front of a shirt, or just don't seem to match any fabric you have? You can turn them into unique earrings quite easily.



This is so easy and the end result is stunning!

  1. First, what you'll need to do is clip the back loop off of your buttons with needle-nosed pliers. Be careful to clip as close to the button's surface as possible.
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  3. You'll probably be left with two sharp nubs on the back of each button that you just can't get close enough to clip off. To glue the earring post onto the back of the button, you'll need a flat surface. The best way to solve this issue is to take a small amount of polymer clay (if you're using metal buttons) or air-hardening clay (if you're using plastic buttons, or buttons with plastic features) and smooth it onto the back of the button. Try and make as thin of a layer as possible, just enough to cover the sharp nubs. If you used polymer clay, bake the two buttons, clay side up, for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  4. When the clay has cooled/dried, put a very small amount of glue on the back of each button and press the earring posts on. Earring posts bought at bead stores have a large, flat end, so this should be easy. Wait for the glue to dry and the earrings are finished!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 22, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you for your straightforward advice! I spent 30 minutes sifting through instructions for hanging earrings until I put in "button craft glue earring finding how to" and found your great site.

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November 7, 2006

This is a super fast craft. Great as a gift.




Simply put the button on the hoop earring through one of the holes in the button. If you give this as a gift you could even give extra buttons so the person could change it up every once in a while.

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November 8, 20060 found this helpful

Cute and quick, my type of craft! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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November 15, 2006

These are unbelievably easy, cheap, and quick. They would make a wonderful gift.



  1. Turn the button upside down and put a dab of hot glue on the back, swiftly press the post down into the dab of glue.
  2. Note: you may want to hold the button when you are placing the post to the back of the button to avoid the glue going all the way through the holes and on to the table which makes the glue look messy on the front side of the button. If this does happen you can simply take a lighter to the front of the button to melt the glue back down, this only takes a second. Do not leave the flame on the button for too long or you could melt it (if it is plastic).
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    By guest (Guest Post)
    October 18, 20070 found this helpful

    Your great idea for button posts sparked in me a similar idea. Holiday (shank button) earrings!

    1.'Dress It Up' holiday buttons-found at Joann Fabrics.Walmart also has holiday buttons from another company. Check to see if pkg contains 2 of buttons you like. About $2.00/pkg at Joanns.

    2.'Button shank remover' also from Joanns. About $6.00

    3. posts for earrings.

    4. glue gun and glue stick.

    Admittedly, these earrings are more expensive, however selling them could recoup the extra money spent. The shank remover makes a clean cut; no sharp edges to file off.


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