Making Button Bracelets

A button collection can be used to make interesting jewelry. This guide is about making button bracelets.

November 15, 2011 Flag
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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

November 17, 20110 found this helpful

So glad you like my bracelets! Thanks everyone, and please keep on voting for them! They take a long time to make, but they are a labor of love!

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful

These look great! I'll certainly be on the lookout for metal buttons at yard and estate sales from now on. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions too.

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful

Once again, thank you! They are fun to make and a great way to 'show off' all your prettiest buttons. :-)

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June 2, 20150 found this helpful

When you say slide on between links what do you mean?

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December 7, 2011 Flag
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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.

Buttons attached to flat link chain with jump rings.

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December 14, 2005 Flag

This is an easy gift you can make with all those leftover buttons you have lying around.



  1. Choose the buttons that you want to use. You'll need approximately 20 buttons depending on the size of button, wrist and width of elastic. You can choose buttons that are the same color, colors that compliment one another, or random colors.

  2. For a clasp closure, measure your wrist and cut a piece of elastic about 1 inch larger. If you plan to sew the two ends together, so that the bracelet slips over your wrist, then cut the elastic so it fits comfortably around you wrist leaving just a little extra to sew the two ends together.

  3. Make a small hem on each end so the elastic does not fray.

  4. For the clasp closure, use a larger button to start with, it can be used as a clasp to fasten the ends together. On the opposite end from your button, overlap and sew enough elastic so the button will fit inside of the loop. Try it on and make sure it still fits.

  5. Sew buttons on to the elastic until it is completely covered, I used clear thread, but you could also use thread that compliments the color of your buttons.

By Stella Rivét

January 18, 20060 found this helpful

I love that! I think it's awesome the things you can make with anything!

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February 2, 20060 found this helpful

This is a great idea. I have i grandaughter and 4 nieces.

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February 21, 20060 found this helpful

If you brush the ends of the elastic with nail varnish (polish) it will not fray either.

Funky idea!!

Kind regards

Carol Churchill

South Africa

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May 20, 20060 found this helpful

I love your bracelet, I had just bought a "bag of buttons" and now I know what to do with them.

Thanks for sharing....

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July 2, 20080 found this helpful

I love making crafts and so I was wondering if anyone could give me a site where you could learn how to make jewelry out of buttons and also how to make jewelry out of string. Thanks!

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November 3, 20080 found this helpful

April 23, 2012 Flag
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Got a stash of old buttons? Use a handful of your favorites to make a great bracelet.

Vintage Button Bracelet

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September 15, 2010 Flag
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I would like to make some bracelets with vintage buttons. Does anyone have instructions or ideas?

By Jane from NE

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September 20, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful
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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. :-)



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September 21, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you very much.

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October 28, 2010 Flag
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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.

Halloween colored button bracelet.

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January 19, 2008 Flag
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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

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January 19, 20080 found this helpful
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Grosgrain ribbon and use heat bond seam tape. Just iron the two pieces together with the heat bond tape sandwiched in the middle.

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