Craft Ideas Using Buttons

Buttons whether vintage, new from the craft store, or those salvaged from clothing before cutting into rags, make a great crafting item. You can use them as an embellishment or design the craft around the use of buttons. This is a guide about craft ideas using buttons.
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April 14, 2010 Flag

With some round disks, buttons, a drill, and a wooden placard, you can make this wonderful wall hanging for a gift or to keep.

Button wall hanging.

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November 25, 2010 Flag

Recycle mismatched and extra buttons to make this unique choker; a wonderful gift that costs less than a dollar to make!

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

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  1. Cut hemp cord to length of 2 yards.
  2. Double cord and make an overhand knot at the folded end, leaving a loop large enough to fit button to be used as clasp at very end through.
  3. String beads and buttons alternately, "sewing" cord through buttons in a vertical line so that one piece of the hemp goes over and through one side of the button while the other does so simultaneously; this gives the piece stability.
  4. At the very end of the choker, tie a square knot before and after the button to be used as the "clasp," reinforce knots with super glue if desired; show off your new piece of jewelry!

By Brianna from Dutch Harbor, AK

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December 1, 20100 found this helpful

Nice recycling craft!

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This is a guide about making a button brooch. You can make pretty brooches using old recycled buttons or new ones purchased for the project.

Making a Button Brooch

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This is a guide about making a button tree. Make a pretty decoration for your home or to give as a gift, with a Styrofoam or paper cone and your choice of buttons and other decorative bits.

Making a Button Tree

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May 4, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making a dish out of buttons. This button dish is fun to make and display.

Making a Dish Out of Buttons

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May 4, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making button bobby pins. Create your own unique bobby pins by adding buttons of your choice.

Making Button Bobby Pins

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May 4, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making a button gift box. Buttons can be used in so many crafts. Decorate a small box with buttons and other items, if desired, to make a unique gift box.

Making a Button Gift Box

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May 19, 2009 Flag
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This is a pin I made from saved pearl type buttons. It is very easy. Use any buttons that you have cut off clothes. The white pearl buttons are easy to find. Use different sizes to keep it interesting but fairly close in size.

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 IA

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September 16, 2008 Flag
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I love buttons! I also save lots of things you might consider junk, which I re-use to make beautiful household items and jewelry, like my button and earring trees.

Buttons decorate Styrofoam trees.

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January 1, 2012 Flag
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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.

By Ann

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January 1, 20120 found this helpful
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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.

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January 2, 20120 found this helpful

I have made several button bracelets with both shank and flat buttons. (Directions are posted on here.) You might also check out 'Pinterest'. I have seen some good ideas at that site for using buttons.

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November 28, 2011 Flag
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This cute framed button art is the perfect gift for a loved one this holiday season. Made with items easily found at most dollar stores.

Button Heart in picture Frame

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Decorate with buttons by gluing them to a lamp shade, picture frame, or clock. Use wire cutters to clip off the shank of any buttons that have them. Be careful that the pieces you clip don't fly off and hurt you. I close my hand around it to keep it from flying, or you could wear safety goggles.

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October 11, 20040 found this helpful

This is a terrific idea! Also beads could be used, also a fringe by those that can crochet.

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June 12, 20050 found this helpful

Such creative ways to use buttons. Its smart to recycle when we can. I make greeting cards I cut out a card stock flower and sew on a button for the center of the flower Then I take a fine line pen and draw --------stitches around the edges of the card. You can also draw the stitching lines around the flower so it looks quilted not on the flower but closely around it. Really cute when finished. I get scrap card stock from the print shop for free and buttons in a bag at Goodwill for almost nothing. Yahooo!! Fun for free!

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January 12, 20090 found this helpful

January 27, 2010 Flag

Sew 8 buttons with wire, then sew 3 buttons. Next, sew the 4th button onto the first string, then 3 more buttons.

Source: Kit

By Randa from San Marcos, TX

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March 9, 20100 found this helpful

I have so many buttons this is fantastic!

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March 14, 2006 Flag
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Fun Uses for Buttons: Buttons make great wall decorations or plates in doll houses. You can string them together to make a button bracelet. Substitute them for lost game pieces or use them as poker chips.

Read more creative uses for buttons below and feel free to post your own ideas.

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April 10, 20060 found this helpful

You can glue or sew them on sweat shirts. A large trangle tree ( all geen or white) with a few odd colored buttons for decorations on the tree and a brown retangle or square at the bottom, for the trunk. White buttons in three circles for a snowman and orange button for nose and black buttons for eyes mouth pipe and front buttons. Some white ones below the snowman for snow on the ground.

You can decorate a flower pot with them.

Glue them or pin them on styrofoam balls for xmas decorations. Glue a lot of green ones on a styroform wreath and glue on a big red bow.

Fill a small jelly canning jar with different buttons, put on the flat lid cover with cotton and a circle of fabric like gingham and then screw on ring ,now you have a pin cushion and spare buttons. Nice gift for a sewer.

"Write" your name or initals on a draw string bag with buttons. Either sew or glue. Now everyone knows it's yours.

Dress up a plain purse or pocketbook with buttons and charms. Got a plain pair of shoes, dress them up with buttons.

I have been collecting buttons(got large canning jars filled with them) and button craft ideas (put them in a note book with page protectors) for a while. They don't seem to carry craft books with button ideas in them anymore.

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April 27, 20070 found this helpful

you could make a model of a really tiny car (possibly a chariot) and use buttons as miniature wheels! The other uses of buttons are endless but another of my favorites is to grind the button down to make a kind of powder! depending on the color of button the powder will vary!

white:salt! etc!

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This is a guide about making button bulletin board pins. Make the pins or tacks for your bulletin board more fun to use by decorating them with buttons. This is an easy project that children can also work on.

Making Button Bulletin Board Pins

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