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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Here's a way to put your extra loose buttons to artistic use - a beautiful button dish! All it takes is some buttons and glue. I made this one to hold my jewelry in the bathroom.
Approximate Time: 1 day
Enjoy your beautiful and useful recycled art!
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
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
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
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
Pink buttons and pearlized pins were used to create this cute and fun tree. A nice finishing touch is the glittered paper flower with a pink pearl brad.
Approximate Time: 90 minutes
Source: buttons, cone, pearlized pins from Michaels
By Maricel from Fairfax, VA
A paper mache mini round box painted white and covered with clear buttons and crystal glitter.
Source: Krylon spray paint, 3M spray adhesive, KandCompany adhesive paper ribbon (Wild Saffron), Making Memories die-cut tag (Flutter), Martha Stewart glitter
By Maricel from Fairfax, VA
Use your button collection to make these funky flowers. Add a vintage salt shaker to hold your bouquet.
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
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
By Teri M from Omaha, NE
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.
Approximate Time: 1 hour
By Teri M from Omaha, NE
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
By Brianna from Dutch Harbor, AK
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.
I use buttons for eyes, etc. for toys for my grand people. I affix them with clear nail polish. I also use the larger pretty ones for closures on my purses, totes, and beach bags. To recycle the colorful, not very cute buttons, I made a baby toy with a small Dasani water bottle and a handful of brightly colored buttons. I then glued it closed and that girl had a ball shaking and staring at those noisy buttons. It didn't cost a penny.
By Marty from Knoxville, TN
Sew 8 buttons with wire, then sew 3 buttons. Next, sew the 4th button onto the first string, then 3 more buttons.
By Randa from San Marcos, TX
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.
I make several of these and display with my nativity set. They are beautiful and very unusual.
By Diana from Prospect, KY
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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Here are questions related to Craft Ideas Using Buttons.
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.
I crochet book strings and sometimes use buttons as the bottom weight, rather than beads.
I have a large assortment of lovely buttons, many of them matching, and I wondered if anyone had a craft idea on how to use them?
Noreen from Dover, PA
By Killer Bees (Guest Post) 02/20/2008
I love knitting. At the moment, I'm working on an afghan that's 185 stitches across on size 9 needles using 4 strands of yarn at a time. Sometimes I might come to the end of a ball in the middle of a row and I have to add another ball to keep going. Some knitters weave the tail ends in as they go. But I just tie the two ends together. Wherever these tied ends appear, I push the tails through to the back. Once I'm done knitting the afghan I go hunting for large unusual buttons. I then sew these buttons to right side of the afghan, making sure I catch the yarn tails in the sewing from the button. It looks very effective to see plain knitting with random odd buttons all over the front of the afghan. And because I use large balls of wool, there's not so many tails that the afghan is overwhelmed with buttons. I have received many compliments on how the afghans look with this detail on them.
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
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Here is a cute way to snazz up your bulletin board. I hot glued cute buttons to thumbtacks and use these to hold up notes, etc.
To make "yo yo's", I cut out a 4 inch circle of fabric and did a running stitch just inside the edge on the wrong side of the circle (knot the end first).
Pull the thread to make a yo yo and add a stitch or two to hold in place. Put the button tack through the center and voila! You are done.
Button bracelets are easy to make. Just measure your wrist and use a piece of narrow elastic that you've sewn together at the ends. Sew each button on overlapping them slightly as you go around the elastic. This one is made of vintage buttons, some are Bakelite, I think.
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What can I make with the vintage buttons I have collected?
By Jane from NE
Sew or glue them to lampshades, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, invitations, curtains, tie backs for curtains, place holders, napkin rings, Christmas ornaments, picture frames, magnets for fridge, or my favorite, jewelry! (09/15/2010)
You can make those fabric flowers using the button as the center of the flower. A lot of people are wearing these flowers like a broach. http://www.tipjunkie.com/fabric-flower-tutorials/ (09/15/2010)
You can also glue them in a multilevel design for decorative lids for just about any kind of box. (09/15/2010)
I make brooches with mine. (09/15/2010)
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I saw the prettiest button wreath made into a shadowbox that had almost every kind of button you could find in it. The mat was heart shaped and the inside was full of beautiful buttons. It was obviously for display purposes, but it is so beautiful.
I posted a button heart craft on a family website a few months ago, hope this helps:
By Crafty Cat
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