A button collection can be used to make interesting jewelry. This guide is about making button bracelets.
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Got a stash of old buttons? Use a handful of your favorites to make a great bracelet.
Approximate Time: 1 hour or less
By Gloria from Western, NY
This is an easy gift you can make with all those leftover buttons you have lying around.
By Stella Rivét
The Halloween button bracelet is a very simple project that can be done by adults and children. This project can be a very personal and special project because you can use new buttons or older buttons that may have been your mother's, aunt's, or grandmother's.
Approximate Time: 10 - 15 minutes
By Beth from Fairfield, PA
If you have a lot of gold or silver shank buttons in your button box, especially if you are fortunate to have inherited some vintage buttons, this is a really great gift for someone.
You will need at least 55 buttons, so you will have a few extras, as you might want to change out a couple as you go along or at the end of your project. Other supplies needed are 55 jump rings, a medium sized toggle clasp, and 7 or 8 inches of flat length medium sized chain to fit your wrist. Keep in mind that the toggle will make the bracelet about an inch larger in size also. I prefer split style jump rings, as they will slide onto the button shank and then onto the links of the chain and hold secure. I used a size 6mm or 8mm split ring. You will need 55 of those for your bracelet.
Start putting the jump rings onto your buttons first to get them ready to slide onto your bracelet and also put the same style or similar buttons into groups, so you can vary the buttons nicely as you go along. Start sliding your buttons on one side of a link and then the opposite side, and just keep adding until you get to the end of the chain. I leave one link at the ends to attach the toggle clasp on, using one of your extra split jump rings.
By CDC from FL
You will need an assortment of non-shank buttons for this craft project and you can use buttons with either 2 or 4 holes in them. Each bracelet takes approximately 7-8 buttons, depending on the size of the buttons, approximately 24 jump rings (not split rings) that are large enough to go through the holes in the buttons, a toggle clasp, and some good pliers.
First of all make 'links'. Put a jump ring through the first hole in the button (see picture), then add another jump ring to the other hole in the button, and keep doing this until finished, then link these all together with a jump ring in between.
Last of all, add your clasp. Make sure the bracelet is the correct size, as you may need to add an extra jump ring or two, at the very ends of the bracelet to make it larger, if needed.
Also, if you want to add buttons to a flat link chain, all you do is measure out your chain, add buttons with jump rings, then add your toggle, as per large picture of red/green button bracelet.
These button bracelets make great Christmas gifts for people you work with, or for family and friends. They are also nice for all occasions. Use red/green buttons for Christmas, blue/silver for Chanukah, pink for cancer awareness, your favorite sports team colors, etc. and this great little gift doesn't cost an arm and a leg to make!
By CDC from FL
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Here are questions related to Making Button Bracelets.
I want to make button bracelets for my 35 year-old daughter. If I use elastic to make the bracelet, how can I cover the back (next to the skin) with fabric so the stitching doesn't rub on her skin? If I just cover it with fabric, how do I join it to the front without it showing? Thanks for your help.
Lynne from Littleton, CO
Grosgrain ribbon and use heat bond seam tape. Just iron the two pieces together with the heat bond tape sandwiched in the middle.
I would like to make some bracelets with vintage buttons. Does anyone have instructions or ideas?
By Jane from NE
I have made 3 bracelets using medium link chain and then attaching shank type metal buttons to it with split jump rings, then adding a toggle clasp when finished. It's takes awhile to make them, and it also uses a lot of buttons, but they are really cute bracelets and nice gifts for someone. My bracelets are posted here at T/F if you would like to see them. :-)
I took a piece of inch wide elastic that I salvaged out of some of my son's old sweatpants, and sewed it into a circle. I then sewed buttons all over the elastic. I used vintage buttons in shades of brown and cream with a few metal buttons tossed in for good measure. It is really attractive and I always get tons of compliments when I wear it.