Approximate Time: 1 day
Enjoy your beautiful and useful recycled art!
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
First cut out a piece of tightly woven cotton fabric in a heart shape that is approximately 3 by 2-1/2 inches. If you wish, you might put some fray check on the edges to keep from fraying or some clear fingernail polish would work also.
Starting from the middle sew on the buttons snugly, keeping the fabric cupped so that when you are done you have a 3-D dimension. Then when all done, glue a piece of matching felt on the back and on that glue on a pin fastener. With the right jewelry findings, you could also make a necklace of it.
By Elaine from Iowa
Approximate Time: 2 hours
Give as a gift to a friend, or keep and hang on your wall. This is a craft best left inside out of the elements.
By Sandi from Yorktown, VA
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
By Brianna from Dutch Harbor, AK
Approximate Time: Took me longer to choose the perfect buttons than it did to make the flowers.
*I saw this craft on several websites. This is my version*
By ~gloria from upstate NY
By Marty from Knoxville, TN
I make several of these and display with my nativity set. They are beautiful and very unusual.
By Diana from Prospect, KY
What can I do with 5000 mixed buttons? I like to make craft items to sell for charity. Has anyone any ideas please? Thanking you.
I have seen directions different places online that tell how to make necklaces and bracelets with buttons. You can also cut thin cardboard to the desired shape and cut a piece of ribbon to length and glue it to the top, then glue flat buttons to the cardboard and use as tree ornaments. The shape I have seen most often for this, is a heart shape.
What kind of paste would I use to put old buttons on the back of a hand mirror and do I paint it first?
By Sally K
If you are asking if you should paint the buttons or the mirror first I would say yes on both unless you want the buttons the same color as the mirror. In that case paint all of it at the same time. You could use elmers glue, a hot glue gun or super glue. All will have the same result. I would expect, whatever glue you use, will be less permanent if you paint the buttons first unless you are only painting one side. And I would suggest, if you are painting the mirror, to leave little spots unpainted where you plan to put the buttons. This way the glue will adhere better/longer.
Just make sure, if you paint the everywhere you plan on putting the buttons, that you let the paint dry really well. Give it a couple days if not a week or more. This way the paint won't absorb the glue and the glue won't have a weaker hold.
Does anyone have any ideas for me how to make jewelry or other items with buttons? I have a huge collection and would love to be able to create some nice things to sell, as I have been out of work for over a year now. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
By Linda from Lower Adirondacks, NY
What can I make with the vintage buttons I have collected?
By Jane from NE
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