Button Crafts: Ten Things To Make With Buttons

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A while back, I bought a small vintage case stocked full of vintage buttons and I have been having fun with them ever since.  I especially like the old mother of pearl buttons or the rich dark brown rustic looking ones.  Old buttons are quite easy to find too at most antique shops.  Other places to look are estate sales, resale shops, flea markets and garage sales.  Of course you can also just clip buttons off of old shirts, that can no longer be worn, and start your collection that way!

There are so many things you can do with buttons and jewelry is just one of them.  I had fun making this bracelet with a small handful of mother of pearl buttons.  All I did was buy the jewelry parts from Michaels,  the bracelet chain with round discs, the end clasp and the round, and pieced them all together.  Then I simply glued the buttons onto the discs with jewelry glue and wa-laa!

Another fun thing to do with buttons is to spell out words on labels or any other type of craft project.  I previously published a posted on tin tubs with burlap and buttons labels.

This is my fun case of buttons by the way.  Isn’t it great!   I have also used random buttons to accessorize a craft project here and there like on this snowman craft.   Plus, I have many more plans for these babies but all in good time.  Here are some more great button crafts that I have found:

Buttons make a great replacement for digits on a clock.  This craft idea by Martha Stewart would be a fun one to try with a variety of different button patterns and sizes.  I may make one with burlap around the base and use my brown buttons for a more rustic looking clock.

Here is one I found on Pinterest.  You can create all kinds of art if you have a large supply of colorful buttons.  Attach the buttons to wood, canvas, or burlap in a frame for some fun wall art.  Monograms are really popular too, which you can do in buttons of all one color.

Salvaged Grace came up with a fun way to use buttons in lighting.  What a great way to spruce up a boring lampshade!  You could even use all of the same color buttons for a more subtle look and still get a lot of textural interest.

A glowing candle sets off these button votives by Ihanna just perfectly.

These button flowers by Jones Design Company look quite elegant in their silver container.  I love the fun artsy look.

This button tree, on a thread spool base, by Kitsch And Curious is just so cute.  It would be a fun accent in a craft or sewing room.

Use buttons to embellish cards or other paper crafts like Tiny Natt did.

Finally, Michelle from The Scrap Shop shows you how you can make a button bib necklace with shell buttons that you can purchase inexpensively.

If you don’t already have a stash of buttons, hopefully this list of button crafts inspires you to go out and start collecting!

What types of crafts can you think up?  What do you think of this list of ideas?  Let me know your thoughts — I love to hear from you!

Happy Crafting!