A button collection can be used to make interesting jewelry. This guide is about making button bracelets.
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
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.
Once again, thank you! They are fun to make and a great way to 'show off' all your prettiest buttons. :-)
When you say slide on between links what do you mean?
Yeah, I have CONTAINER FULL OF ALL STYLES OF BUTTONS MY SISTER LEFT WHEN SHE DIED. Great ideal.
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.
By Stella Rivét
This is a great idea. I have i grandaughter and 4 nieces.
If you brush the ends of the elastic with nail varnish (polish) it will not fray either.
I love your bracelet, I had just bought a "bag of buttons" and now I know what to do with them.
Thanks for sharing....
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!
Got a stash of old buttons? Use a handful of your favorites to make a great bracelet.
I would like to make some bracelets with vintage buttons. Does anyone have instructions or ideas?
By Jane from NE
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.
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. :-)
Thank you very much.
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.
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.