Making a Button Lined Tray

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October 30, 2019

Button Lined Tray - finished trayThis is another of those crafts you think about forever and then finally get to do! I hope you like it!


Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 1


  • 1 wooden tray
  • 6 cups buttons
  • hot glue gun and 3 sticks
  • 2 sq ft scrap denim
  • scissors
  • resin or a piece of plexiglass to cover buttons, optional
Button Lined Tray - supplies
Button Lined Tray - supplies
Button Lined Tray - supplies


Have seen them on line. All white, so I wanted color in mine

  1. The first thing I did, was to cut the denim strips from an old pair of jeans. Firing up the glue gun, I then glued them together and then wrapped the handles of the tray.
  2. Button Lined Tray - wrap the tray handles with strips of denim and glue in place
  3. Once the handles were done, I then began the buttons. There is no right way to do this. I began in the corner and just started to glue them down. You can start at the bottom row, do it diagonally, etc.
  4. Button Lined Tray - start glueing buttons down in a corner
    Button Lined Tray - move out along the sides

  5. I kept adding buttons, big and small. I was holding the tray as I was adding them, so when half was done, I flipped the directions so I had a blank part of the tray bottom to work on, once the other half was done.
  6. Button Lined Tray - continue filling the bottom with buttons
    Button Lined Tray - turn tray as needed
  7. Once I got the buttons all glued in, I tried to find the smallest buttons to fill in the larger gaps. I was pretty happy with the results. The only thing that would have been cool, is what I discovered when the bigger buttons were thicker than others. When I make another of these, I will make sure the buttons are all the same thickness.
  8. Button Lined Tray - fill small spaces with little buttons

  9. NOTE: You can either pour resin in it, or get a piece of plexiglass to lay inside. This is recommended if you are planning to use it as a serving tray. N-JOY!!
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November 4, 20190 found this helpful

So cute!

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December 27, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks. I can't imagine a world without buttons, at least not a craft world!

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