Making Button Bracelets

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December 14, 2005

Photo of a button bracelet.This is an easy gift you can make with all those leftover buttons you have lying around.



  1. Choose the buttons that you want to use. You'll need approximately 20 buttons depending on the size of button, wrist and width of elastic. You can choose buttons that are the same color, colors that compliment one another, or random colors.

  2. For a clasp closure, measure your wrist and cut a piece of elastic about 1 inch larger. If you plan to sew the two ends together, so that the bracelet slips over your wrist, then cut the elastic so it fits comfortably around you wrist leaving just a little extra to sew the two ends together.

  3. Make a small hem on each end so the elastic does not fray.

  4. For the clasp closure, use a larger button to start with, it can be used as a clasp to fasten the ends together. On the opposite end from your button, overlap and sew enough elastic so the button will fit inside of the loop. Try it on and make sure it still fits.


  5. Sew buttons on to the elastic until it is completely covered, I used clear thread, but you could also use thread that compliments the color of your buttons.

By Stella Rivét

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September 15, 2010

I would like to make some bracelets with vintage buttons. Does anyone have instructions or ideas?

By Jane Hornung from NE


September 20, 20101 found this helpful
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I took a piece of inch wide elastic that I salvaged out of some of my son's old sweatpants, and sewed it into a circle. I then sewed buttons all over the elastic. I used vintage buttons in shades of brown and cream with a few metal buttons tossed in for good measure.


It is really attractive and I always get tons of compliments when I wear it.

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I have made 3 bracelets using medium link chain and then attaching shank type metal buttons to it with split jump rings, then adding a toggle clasp when finished. It's takes awhile to make them, and it also uses a lot of buttons, but they are really cute bracelets and nice gifts for someone. My bracelets are posted here at T/F if you would like to see them. :-)



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January 19, 2008

I want to make button bracelets for my 35 year-old daughter. If I use elastic to make the bracelet, how can I cover the back (next to the skin) with fabric so the stitching doesn't rub on her skin? If I just cover it with fabric, how do I join it to the front without it showing? Thanks for your help.

Lynne from Littleton, CO


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January 19, 20080 found this helpful
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Grosgrain ribbon and use heat bond seam tape. Just iron the two pieces together with the heat bond tape sandwiched in the middle.

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January 31, 2017

Metal shank buttons both, vintage and new, can be used to make a fun to wear bracelet. This is a page about making metal button bracelets.

Brass button bracelet.

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January 17, 2022

Celebrate the season with a DIY Christmas bracelet. I really liked the idea of forming different figures from buttons.


This is a great use for buttons left over from old clothes. I decided to make a bracelet with snowmen.

The completed snowmen button bracelet.

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January 31, 2017

Making a button bracelet in Halloween colors is a good project for young and old. This is a page about making a Halloween button bracelet.

Halloween colored button bracelet.

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January 29, 2017

Button bracelets are nice handmade Christmas gift ideas. They can be made in holiday colors or the favorite colors of the recipient. This is a page about making Christmas button bracelets.

Buttons attached to flat link chain with jump rings.

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January 29, 2017

Sort through your button stash and make a lovely bracelet with some of your older more unique ones. This is a page about making a vintage button bracelet.

Vintage Button Bracelet

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