Buttons. I have a small drawer full of them, because "you never know when you might need them -- that cardigan could lose a button one day". Sound familiar? Some of them are even for clothing items I no longer own! That's just crazy. I figure it's time to do something with these little shiny baubles and this simple DIY project is just the thing!
Okay, before you think "What could I possibly do with a bunch of twig buttons?!", I have an answer (or five). Ahem. They are: embellish pillows! Embellish gifts and gift tags! Use them on these felt gadget cases! Use them for knitting projects! Turn them into cute magnets! See? There are SO many ways to use them. All jazzed up to make some twig buttons now? Here's how.
Buttons. So sweet and colorful, they're just aching to be turned into Christmas ornaments. The one pictured above is from Leslie Ashe. There isn't a tutorial, but it looks like the maker used a styrofoam ball and white ball head stick pins. I particularly like the layering of the buttons.
These next ones are perfect for a table top tree.
This snowflake ornament is made with using a wire coat hanger.
This summer, while my boo and I were exploring one of our state's many charming and historic little towns, we happened to stop in at an antique and consignment shop. My 'pass' radar went up fairly quickly, but I did the cursory scan just to be polite. I was just about to turn tail and head out the door when my very observant boo said, "Look at this." He pointed to something I hadn't seen before and can only describe as a sack-like, vintage-y button pillow. I replied in a whisper--because that's what you do when you discuss knocking something off you see in a store--"I can totally make that!" Thus, the seed for this project was planted. I didn't have any specific fabrics in mind...until I scanned the selection at Fabric Direct. It was within their inventory that I found the perfect textiles for the job. So, how do we make one of these babies, and how can you get a 20% discount on the supplies? Read on!
This button monogram was initially made for a child's room, but I'm thinking one would look superb in my craft room. The supplies are minimal and include the following:
Is your beige sofa getting you down? Consider giving it a playful (and colorful) facelift!
Artist Ran Hwang uses 'materials related to the fashion industry' to create her expansive wall installations. As you can imagine, their assembly takes vast amounts of patience, but Ran uses the process as a meditative practice that brings her 'inner peace'.
This sweet button bouquet tutorial comes just in time for Mother's Day. The original maker used die-cut felt flowers, but, as DSC says, you could easily cut your own to save on cost. Stuff you'll need to make a bunch include:
- felt, about 25 cents per sheet at your local craft store
- buttons, which you probably have in your button stash
- bamboo skewers, about a buck at the dollar store
- ribbon, which you might have on hand, but there's plenty at...
With the right buttons and fabric, this window shade could work in just about ANY style of room. And, dare I say, it's as cute as a button? (My bad.) Anyway, if you'd like to crank one out, here's a list of materials you'll need:
- Measuring tape
- 2 contrasting fabrics, for front and back of shade
- Twill tape
- Metal ruler
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Seam ripper
- 6 buttons
- Hand-sewing needle
- Tension rod to fit...
These darling little clips come to us courtesy of Bella Dia, and they couldn't be easier to make. Perfect to use as bookmarks!
My industrial strength covered button maker is (literally) a piece of work. It's so powerful it has to be bolted to a tabletop. If you haven't made that investment yet, covered button kits are readily available for a variety of projects at fabric and craft stores. Speaking of which, over at J. Caroline Creative, there's an EXCELLENT
There's nothing more aggravating to a crocheter or knitter than having to but boring, store-bought buttons on a sweater you've just spend hours and hours making*. Susan over on Craftstylish shows us how to make one of a kind shrink art buttons for those one of a kind sweaters.
To make them you'll need:
- Shrink plastic sheets (or clean #6 plastic)
- A round template, about double the desired size of the finished button
- Hole punch
Artist Egor Bashakov used 1" diameter, black and white badge (or button) pins to create a self portrait. Seeing it the work in its entirety from a distance provokes one reaction; when viewed close-up, so the observer can read the individual buttons, it provokes another and another and another.... Very cool.
Esprit Cabane gets back to nature with these very easy to make wood buttons. They suggest the best applications for them are decorative ones, like embellishing a cushion or a hand-made purse.
Sometimes nothing else will do but a rosette. Now add a fancy button or vintage piece of costume jewelry and WOW!
Check out these cute as a button button projects from Scrapbooks Etc.
A plain old lampshade gets a lot of personality, thanks to a colorful collection of buttons!
Who knew you could turn buttons into flowers and with such darling results?!
An easy finishing touch to a photo could be a button frame.
Big buttons add a lot of fun to this tab curtain window topper.
To learn how to put these and other button projects into practice...
I’ve been in the process of redecorating our bedroom for the past 4 months or so. Why is it taking so long? I sort of boxed myself in a corner with color. The new carpeting we had installed is a sesame. The walls we painted in a light caramel. We decided to add an Ektorp Tullsta chair with the white slipcover to the room, which provoked me to buy a white quilt for the bed. Caramel and white are not colors you find together at the fabric store...
"This fabulously simple yet effective idea from Marianne Kirby proves that putting buttons on almost anything will dramatically improve its looks. At least, this certainly turned out to be true in the case of an old table she picked up for $5 at a yard sale."
After scoring the table, Marianne bought 1,600 green and white buttons on eBay. She spray painted the table, then attached the buttons with a basic tacky craft glue. Then she created a...
I was cruising around a local rock and roll boutique, and I found a set of buttons made from pennies: $1.99 for 3. Cool, I thought, but a penny should cost 1¢, not 67. A DIY project for sure.
Handful of coins
Electric drill or drill press
1/16” drill bit
Scrap hard wood
Small clamps (optional)
Needle and thread
1. Grab a handful of coins. Scour the bottom of your coin...
Dead easy these, all you need are some little magnets, some buttons and some sticky stuff.
You pop the buttons onto the magnets, making sure you get the right side of the magnet, (don't stick them to the side that will stick to your fridge.) And that's it.
I actually used Chrisjob's link to find out which sticky stuff I needed to join plastic to metal....