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.
Solutions: Craft Ideas Using Buttons
Read and rate the best solutions below by giving them a "thumbs up".
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.
With some round disks, buttons, a drill, and a wooden placard, you can make this wonderful wall hanging for a gift or to keep.
Approximate Time: 2 hours
two sizes of round disks
a wooden placard
crochet thread and needle
raffia or ribbon
hot glue gun
white glue and foam brush
fine tip felt pen
When you search for a placard, you can use just about any kind.
Test the bleed factor on the back of it to make sure your felt pen will work.
If you have a steady hand and good spacial recognition, you can make the "stitch mark" like on this one. If you do not, you can always paint it or leave the edges blank.
Write "Friends are like unique buttons. You collect them one at a time." Center it and write it on paper if you want to make sure it's right.
Once that part is done, you can set this aside.
The round disks can be found in about any craft shop, so if you can, get the 2 inch and 1.5 inch for a variety. Drill holes in them like for buttons, mixing two and four holes for variety, as well.
You can paint these, or do what I did. The scrap fabric needs to be prepared with glue. This makes the fabric stiff and easy to cut like paper.
Once they are dried, lay the disks on them and circle cut them to glue onto the disks. You will need the foam brush to make sure the fabric gets glued to the edges of the disks.
Weigh them down for at least 15 minutes to bond the glue. You may need to trim any excess.
I painted the edges of the buttons black to match the felt tip. You can leave them tan if you wish.
Pick some scrap buttons to match the colors of the fabric you chose. Once the wooden and fabric buttons have dried, get some crochet thread to match the colors of the fabric. If you don't have any, yarn can work or just plain thread. However, keep in mind you will need a lot of it.
Thread the needle and get the effect you want, tying some in front and some glued to the back.
Hot glue the wooden buttons to each other using 2 in the front and 2 in the back, keeping it level. Make sure not to cover the nice threads.
Glue the buttons onto the wooden ones, and the top if you choose. If you have raffia, use it to hot glue to the back of the outside buttons and loop around to the back of the placard for the loop.
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.
Using shank buttons and bobby pins you can create fun and unique hair accessories that will make girls of any age smile.
Approximate Time: 5 minutes, each
Go through your button stash and find some cute shank buttons. These are the buttons that have the loop in the back for attaching them to fabrics. I like to buy my buttons in bulk from large craft stores and there are always gobs of cute shank buttons that I have no idea what to do with, but hate to throw out since they are so darn cute!
Assemble your needle, thread, and bobby pins along with the shank buttons you chose.
Thread your needle and place the shank button between the ends of the bobby pin so that it is lying flat against the button.
Sew the thread through the shank.
Pull the thread through the ends of the bobby pin and loop back through the shank.
Knot the thread each time you pass it through the shank. Make sure to alternate coming up through the shank from both sides, as to ensure a tight adhesion.