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Button Craft Project Ideas: How to Make Easy Crafts with Buttons

Updated on May 03, 2016
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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Buttons are an inexpensive, fun craft material that can be used for a wide variety of art projects. With a number of options for jewelry, office supplies, and home décor, there are enough ideas here to keep you creating for many hours. Whether you are making crafts for yourself, for gifts, or to sell, there is something here that will fit your interests and needs. Many of these projects are kid friendly. Happy creating!

Please note that regardless of other glue recommendations in tutorials, I highly recommend using only E-6000 for all magnets, tacks, and button jewelry that requires gluing. You will need to work with it in a well ventilated area, but it is worth it for the extra strength it ensures. Scrapbook glue, hot glue gun glue, and Mod Podge are fine for paper projects and wall decor.

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1. Button Bracelets, Including Charm Bracelets

One of the most popular options for button bracelets in charm bracelet style button bracelets where buttons are attached to links with jump rings. I have included several examples of other button bracelets, too. All of these designs can be completed with basic wire or bead weaving skills. Fun options for button charm bracelets include using buttons of variation sizes, experimenting with monochromatic and multicolored palettes, and added beads and/or charms.

The Stretchable Button Bracelet - Craft Tutorial 1

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2. Button Earrings: Post and Dangle Styles

Button earrings are so fun and unique. I guarantee that you will always get comments when you wear any style of button earrings. You can create simple post earrings with single buttons or double stacked buttons. I have included an example photos of double stacked dangle earrings, too, as well as a couple examples of button cluster dangle earrings.

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3. Button Necklaces

I have concentrated most of my button jewelry energy on bracelet and earring designs and have only created a handful of necklaces. You can take any of the previously featured bracelet and earring designs and transfer the concept to necklaces. Pay attention to how the buttons hang and do some "test runs" with each new design to see if the concept wears as well as it looks flat.

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I use a thread spool rack for my craft fair ring display.Button rings in progress on one of my gluing cookie sheets.
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I use a thread spool rack for my craft fair ring display.
I use a thread spool rack for my craft fair ring display. | Source
Button rings in progress on one of my gluing cookie sheets.
Button rings in progress on one of my gluing cookie sheets. | Source
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4. Button Rings

I have not found a good craft store source for purchasing ring blanks. If you have one, please feel free to leave it in the comments. There are numerous resources for purchasing them online. Buttons rings are insanely fun and work up really quickly, which is good because all of your friends will want them when they see yours.

Jewelry Tutorial: Button Rings

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5. Button Pins/Brooches

Buttons pins follow the same concept as button rings except that you attach a pin back instead of a ring blank. Pin backs are available at most craft stores, although normally only in one, maybe two, sizes around 1" (1.3cm) to 1.5" (3.8 cm) long. If you're looking for anything smaller or larger, you'll most likely have to look online. If you don't want to wear a pin on your clothing, it will make a great addition to a purse, backpack, or electronic case (i.e. smartphone case, laptop bag).

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I added self adhesive rhinestones to this pair of button hair pins.Stacked button pairs with plastic flower cabochons waiting to be made into button hair pins.Click on the source link to learn how I made my own hair pin display.
I added self adhesive rhinestones to this pair of button hair pins.
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Stacked button pairs with plastic flower cabochons waiting to be made into button hair pins.
Stacked button pairs with plastic flower cabochons waiting to be made into button hair pins. | Source
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6. Button Hair Pins

You can see in the photo examples here that I prefer to use bobby pins with large flat ends because it is easy to attach buttons securely to these type of pins. If you have trouble finding them, they're often labeled as a covered button or fabric button supply, as many people choose to use them for that as well. Alternatively, you can use the black and brown pins that are available at any drug store or big box store. Many people find these type of pins more comfortable, even though they will be harder to use for crafting.

Easy Button Bobby Pin Tutorial

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New magnets ready to go for the 2011 holiday season.Some of my first ever button stacks ready to be made into magnets.
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7. Button Magnets

Buttons magnets were the first non-jewelry item that I started making for craft shows, and they're still one of my most popular items. No matter what type of show I'm doing, there is always interest in the magnets. I think that it's largely because so many people use refrigerator magnets. Even if you already have a collection of them, who can't use a few more? Typically I've used round craft magnets, but you can opt for neodymium magnets, which will hold 5-6 sheets of paper.

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8. Button Tacks

Flat back thumb tacks are tough to find anywhere anymore because they're considered to be dangerous. You can opt for slightly curved tacks, but I recommend looking for the flat ones. Again, searching for craft tacks or fabric button tacks can yield better results than a general search. If you regularly use a bulletin board at home or work for any variety of purposes, button tacks will add a cheerful touch.

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9. Greeting Cards with Buttons

I have only just started to explore the possibilities for buttons in my own greeting card designs. I've included photo examples from a few other artists as well as links to my button greeting card articles for lots more inspiration. I am always amazed at the creativity out there, and button greeting card designs are no exception.

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10. Button Wall Art

This is another crafting area that I've only just started to explore. I created the piece on the right as a wedding present for some good friends. This was the first piece I've made like this, and it will certainly not be the last. I have included links below for button letter art tutorials. Search button canvas on Pinterest for a number of great button wall art designs, including more letters as well as words, hearts, and trees.

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    • Sueswan 4 years ago

      Now I know what I can do with extra buttons.

      Voted up and interesting.

      Take care :)

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      Melanie Shebel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Wow! These are really pretty! I love the bright pictures too! I think I might have to try making a bracelet out of buttons. You don't happen to sell on Etsy do you? If so, send me a message!

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      Very creative ways of using buttons in craft projects. I just love those earrings and rings. Will have to try to make a few of them if I can find those colourful buttons you are using.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very creative!

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      K Kiss 4 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

      Wow..this is by far a very enlightening and creative hub with wonderful photographs of creativity at its best. Thanks for sharing. I am personally into colourful accessories and this is great.

      Voted up while hub hopping and shared.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Awesome ideas! Some of these would be fun to do with kids as well. If they were ambitious enough, I could see a school group using one of these ideas to create crafts for a school fundraiser. Voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful hub. My favorite are the magnets and the button tacks. Thanks for sharing so many craft ideas and how to videos. Decorate packages too!

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      This is an awesome hub about using buttons. I have collected antique/collectible buttons and made them into rings. Your ideas are inspiring. Creativity is such a wonderful gift to share. Thanks so much! Love the arts.

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      How-to-crafts 4 years ago from Ireland

      What a great way to create crafts with buttons. I use them on my greeting cards but some of the ideas you have shown here are really interesting.

      I like the button tacks too, something I would never have thought of

      Shared on Twitter. Voted up and useful

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Sueswan, yes, these are all great ways to use extra buttons!

      Melanie, you should definitely make a button bracelet sometime. I do sell on Etsy. I'll send you a message with my shop URL.

      lady rain, try searching on Etsy or eBay for bulk or wholesale buttons.

      ChitrangadaSharan, thanks!

      K Kiss, it's always nice to meet someone else who enjoys colorful accessories.

      donnah, many of these projects would be fun to do with kids. Some of them could definitely work for a school fundraiser, too, if you had enough volunteers to make everything.

      bridalletter, thanks!

      starstream, that's great about the button rings! Thanks. You're right about creativity.

      How-to-crafts, you'll have to give some of these other ideas a try sometime. :)

      Thanks for the shares and support, everyone!

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      Shelly McRae 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great ideas in this hub. Thanks for sharing these.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Shelly!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Random, what a great hub! Well done and interesting, I love the button hair pins. Watched all the videos, and passed it on to my Etsy friends. Thanks!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, eHealer! I'm glad that you enjoyed this, and I appreciate the shares.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      No problem, the Etsy's will eat this up!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Your craft hubs always amaze and inspire me Rose! I can see those button hair pins and ring crafts being a great activity for a party with tween girls. Thanks for your wonderful inspiration.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      eHealer, yes, I'm sure!

      Thanks so much, Cara! You're right that button hair pins and rings would both make great craft activities at a girl party.

    • Edi 4 years ago

      Rose...You've come up with so many cool ways to use your button stash! I love the earrings and the hair pins! And I love that you even use them in home décor!

    • storybeader 4 years ago

      great photos with your article! We both love jewelry and paper! {:-D

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Yes, for sure!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Edi!

    • Kathy Roeth 4 years ago

      Very fun ideas for buttons! Thanks for sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kathy!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      AMAZING HUB. I can't believe all of the great ideas you have. I especially like the bracelet and necklace. The colors you used are terrific. Up and awesome.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, KoffeeKlatch Gals!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      ooh, this is going on my pinterest wall!! Beautiful!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Julie!

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      My kids LOVE buttons! This hub is now bookmarked and we will be making many of these items :) Thanks for the great ideas! Voted up and shared :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Cassy! Enjoy! :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      The Christmas bracelet is really cute, but it would be hard to pick a favorite here. Nice ideas! :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, RTalloni!

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      diplorging 4 years ago from Serbia

      Great ideas and very interesting hub. I enjoyed in this cute pictures, and shared your hub so other people can enjoy it too

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, diplorging! I appreciate the share.

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      Melanie Shebel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Congrats on getting hub of the day! I knew it was only a matter of time before this hub was picked! I love my bracelet, by the way! Thank you so much!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! A wonderful list of button craft project ideas! I remember that I read one of your previous hubs that you mentioned buttons as one of your favorite crafts, right? Your photos are beautiful. I myself enjoy making cards and wall art, and you provided some helpful ideas! An engaging hub! Congrats for winning the Hub of the Day! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up.

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      CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Thankyou so much- I now owna very large collection of buttons which were donated by ladies at church for me to organise a craft club- adults this time, thanks for this it has saved me a lot of work!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What wonderful ideas for buttons. I've had a huge bag that I've been saving for years and now can put them to good use.

      Congrats on the well deserved HOTD!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Congrats on the HOTD!!! Not sure how I missed this one originally, but this is truly awesome and think my kids would love these activities. So I have pinned, voted and shared too.

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      Karen Metz 4 years ago from Michigan

      Wow! I'm going to start collecting my buttons...my kids would LOVE doing these projects. Thank you for a great hub!

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      OMG! These ideas are awesome! How I wish I could go back to my school days when I had the patience for doing crafts like these... Congrats on the well deserved Hub of the Day recognition. Hub voted up and liked on Facebook...

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      I used to work as a fashion designer and have tons of buttons left over from those days. Probably enough to do all these projects and still have more left over. Thanks for all these great ideas, and congrats on your HOTD!!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Random Creative, congratulations on a well-deserved Hub of the Day!

    • ignugent17 4 years ago

      Very creative and it is very interesting. They look very beautiful and to think it is created from bottons. voted up.

    • kelleyward 4 years ago

      Fantastic hub full of great ideas. Congrats on the HOTD!!!!! Kelley

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      Sarah Johnson 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      My daughter is going to go wild over these button crafts! I especially love the bracelets with buttons in shades of one color and the thumb tacks. I think we now have some cool button craft plans for the rest of the summer! Congratulations on your Hub of the Day!

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      Anna 4 years ago from New York, NY

      Wow these are really awesome craft project ideas. I absolutely LOVE the bracelets, rings, and hair pins. I'd totally wear them and would love to learn to make them. Voted up and awesome. I'm bookmarking this and pinning the ones I adore.

      Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Goodness me! This is by far one of the most creative hubs I have ever come across! You are so talented. What an amazing idea! Wonderful.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the HOTD! This is another great idea on making crafts for gifts on Christmas. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Voted up and awesome. Have a great weekend!

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      Huge congrats on Hub of the Day. You did a really great job, it's very detailed, and I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing these ideas with us!

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Those button magnets are a hit! Great HOTD.

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      B. A. Williams 4 years ago from USA

      Great hub, and what a nice idea for a kid's group to do. I always loved buttons and have collected a few.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      This is a beautiful hub and you're so creative! These are great ideas for crafters and you're amazing!! I'm so glad you shared all this and the pictures are beautiful! Congratulations on your hub of the day! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This hub is of particular interest to me as I write craft articles. lot of great photos and good instructions. Great hu Voted UP and more.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! Your craft room would be a DREAM for my niece to visit. She loves making all kinds of crafts. Your button ideas are fantastic and fun. Plus, you've provided us with so many ideas with all of your great pictures. Awesome job.

      Pinned!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you thank you for all of the HOTD congrats today! Your support means so much to me.

      Melanie, I'm so glad that you're enjoying your bracelet. You can also enjoy the fact that so many people get to see it featured here!

      ishwaryaa22, yep, buttons have been one of my favorite crafting materials for almost 4 years now. Have fun with your cards and wall art!

      CASE1WORKER, enjoy your new collection of buttons!

      Just Ask Susan, enjoy crafting with your buttons, too. :)

      Janine and Specialk3749, these are definitely kid friendly projects.

      ChaplinSpeaks, that's great. :) Have fun crafting with your daughter this summer.

      Global-Chica, now you can learn to make them yourself!

      Thelma, this is definitely a good place to come for Christmas present making inspiration.

      MissOlive, if you lived closer, I'd tell you to send your niece over here sometime. I love passing my crafting passion on to others.

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      Chad Young 4 years ago from Corona, CA

      I love this!!! Great hub...my kids are going to love the button bracelets and this will keep us busy for hours. Anytime there is something that can pass the time on a stormy day is worth its weight in gold.

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Congrats on your HOFT!

      I love these ideas! I wish I could have come up with such wonderful creations - these buttons are cute and very effective.

      I would love to have a go at the tacks and magnets and maybe get my son involved. Fantastic - voting up and awesome :)

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      Learningworkbooks 4 years ago

      These are fantastic ideas! These are great activities for children to do in the classroom.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      cyoung, that's great! You're right that a good rainy day project is so valuable.

      Thanks, Emma! I hope that you find a chance to try the tacks and magnets.

      Thanks, Learningworkbooks! You're right that many of these projects are great for the classroom.

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      SHARDA 4 years ago from Singapore, Singapore

      Pretty cool stuff and quite interesting.. have to try.. thanks for sharing such a lovely info.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Sharda!

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      A lot of great ideas in this article! I love making all sorts of things with buttons; there really are so many creative crafts to do with them.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Miss Lil' Atlanta! Yes, for sure!

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      These are so, so cute! I love your ideas, Rose! The button hair pins make me wish I had a girl - they are adorable. I love the paper crafts with buttons, too - I might do something with a Christmas tree and little buttons as ornaments for our Christmas cards this year!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Leah! The button hair pins are perfect for girls. Christmas trees with button ornaments would be great for your Christmas cards!

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      Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

      Congrats on HOTD ! very well deserved and what a wonderful hub- oozing with creativity and colours and a wealth of ideas! Awesome stuff.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So many things you can do with button! I keep a little jar of random buttons for that "just in case!" Maybe I'll make those button hair pins. Love those! Congrats on HOTD! You deserve it!

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      Mommiegee 4 years ago from Alabama

      Love button craft projects! Thumbs up!

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      gingerka 4 years ago from Colorado

      I like the greeting cards the best. I found this to be inspirational. I have tons of buttons so I guess I will have to get creative. Thanks

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      MissyGear 4 years ago

      These are all so cute! I'm going to have to start collecting buttons again.

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Wow, cool! Very useful. Will try it. Oh congratulations on getting Hub of the day award!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Coming back to say congrats on your Hub of the Day award! Some of these would make such great summer projects--good stuff as always. :)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Another great craft hub that I need to pin! Buttons are great for craft projects. I've done some really cute Christmas crafts with them. Congrats on Hub of the Day.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      These are ideas are so cute and interesting. And your hub is ironic for me. Today I went to the local farmer's market and saw a new place called "Buttons." There were buttons making up the store sign. So, I was excited thinking this was a new crafter's table. Nope. Instead it was a eatery. But the upshot was one of my former college students was working at the place. So it was cool talking to her.

      Great hub, but you already know how awesome and useful it is :)

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      Jill 4 years ago from United States

      Congrats on HOTD! Love the button project ideas, especially the rings & hairpins. Haven't seen those before. Really charming!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you thank you for the continued HOTD congrats today!

      Vicki, you'll have to give the hair pins a try!

      gingerka, I'm glad that you found this inspirational! Have fun with your buttons.

      Thanks, RTalloni! You're right that some of these make great summer projects.

      Deb, that's awesome that you've used buttons for Christmas crafts.

      Stephanie, that's too funny about the Buttons eatery. I'm glad that it worked out even if it wasn't a craft place. :)

      Thanks, The Dirt Farmer!

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      Author Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

      Okay, the button rings and hair pins are ADORABLE...do you sell them on etsy or elsewhere?

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, kittythedreamer! I sell the button rings and hair pins at craft shows and don't have either of them listed on Etsy currently. If you're interested in purchasing some, I'm happy to take photos of my current stash. Let me know. :)

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      Hui (蕙) 4 years ago

      Amazing creation in everyday life!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      So many creative and budget friendly crafts you can make with buttons. I am totally going to have start saving those extra buttons up to make some of these fun ideas. I especially love your button bracelets - sooo cute! Congrats on your hub of the day!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Alissa! There are endless possibilities for creative, inexpensive button crafts. That sounds good. :)

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Goodness! Congrats on HOTD! What a comprehensive article and great photos!

      Funny, my mom, a child of the first Great Depression, had a whole cigar box full of oddball buttons, and as a kid, I loved playing with them, sorting them one way and then another. Later, my kids enjoyed the same activity. But it never occurred to any of us to MAKE things with the buttons!

      Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

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      thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Brilliant artworks! I've never seen such many button crafts before! I am particularly interested in using buttons as tacks and décor for walls and greeting cards. I hope I can make one these days. :)

      Voting up and sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I love buttons and these ideas are fantastic! Beautiful hub! Thanks

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Congrats on hub of the day. I like to craft with buttons. Your hub is very interesting enjoyed reading it. Voted Up

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, DzyMsLizzy! That's neat about the button box. Buttons are a great tactile item for people of many ages.

      thesingernurse, thanks! You'll have to give some of those ideas a try.

      Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan and moonlake!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      Hey Randomcreative! You really honor your name! I can´t pick a favorite one, you´ve compiled several great and lovely ideas. This should be a great crafty-creative activity for kids.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Claudia! I try. :) I'm glad that you like so many of the ideas here. You're right that many of them are great kid craft projects.

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      dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

      Some very creative ideas here

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, dobo700!

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      Nique 4 years ago from Philadelphia County PA

      Great Craft ideas, there is no wonder why this article is getting mad props. I will be making some button crafts with my daughters on our vacation. Thanks

      voted up, awesome, beautiful, useful, and Liked on Facebook.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, dndswordsmith! Have fun with your button crafts. I appreciate the votes and share!

    • vasantha tk 4 years ago

      Simply beautiful. With Bestwishes

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      farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great instructions - thanks for the tip about what type of glue to use. I love the jewelry, but I also love that snowman! Will definitely pin this. Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, farmloft! I'm glad that the tip was useful, and I appreciate the votes and shares.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your well-deserved hub of the day. Wow, 45 pictures! You've clearly explained how to make so many different crafts with buttons. You've made so many pretty things. I have quite a few buttons, and I should start using them up. Thanks for these great ideas. Voted up.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Shasta! When I got serious about my jewelry making a few years, I never imagined that I would end up working with buttons so much, but it's been a fun journey. I hope that you find some projects here for your own stash.

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      schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

      I especially liked the magnets and brooches! Wow! button bracelets, how creative! Where do you buy the buttons, at craft stores? I like the tip about the glue. This also reminds me of when I worked with Fimo clay (is it fimo?) the clay that you make jewelry with and bake in the oven, have you heard of it? I'd roll out like purple than blue then yellow and taper them, then make them into a "roll" and cut slices which where then used to cover a ball of clay and make a turtle...

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, schoolgirlforreal! I buy buttons in many different places. I'm always looking for bulk and secondhand deals. I go through so many of them that I can't pay top dollar for small packages. Fimo clay is a lot of fun, too!

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      Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      How cool! I have a big thing full of buttons I use for crochet octopus eyeballs and don't know what to do with some of the smaller ones. Voted up and awesome!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      How neat, NornsMercy! Now you have a bunch of ideas. :)

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great ideas! I have a container full of interesting buttons. I like the hairpin idea - will be doing that. The button necklace is really adorable too.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Rosie. :) Have fun with your button projects!

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      Karen Ellis 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Very cute ideas - thanks

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Karen!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Arielqiao! That's neat. :)

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      Stephanie Payne Denne 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

      Such awesome ideas to do with cheap, colorful buttons!! Thank you for sharing randomcreative!

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      Julie 3 years ago

      This is a fascinating article. I am always looking for innovative and creative new hobbies :). Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Neinahpets and DIYmommy! Enjoy these projects. :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome ideas! I love the button ring idea, that could be really cute!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much! Button rings are really cute. I sell them at craft fairs, and they are almost always very popular with young girls.

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      cre8ivOne 3 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Awesome thanks! I have wanted to make a button bracelet for awhile now!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great. :) You have everything that you need now.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Great ideas for doing projects with my nieces. I love the idea of button magnets. They are so cute. They have a lot of nice and creative looking buttons out there so you can do a lot with them.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, that's great! You're right that there are so many possibilities for all of the cute buttons out there.

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      Aldene Fredenburg 3 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

      What a wonderful article; makes me want to track down my mother's button box and try many of these techniques. (I used to spend hours rummaging through my mother's button box.) I'm sending this to my sisters and crafting friends, too.

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      anuramkumar 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very creative and useful. I just loved your button greeting cards, magnets and wall arts. Voted up and shared.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a creative hub! So many ideas on buttons. I may put some to use at some point.

      Congrats on HOTD award! I don't know how I missed it that day.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, AMFredenburg! I appreciate those shares. I hope that you are able to revisit your mom's button box one day.

      Thanks so much, anuramkumar!

      Kathryn, thanks! I hope that you do get to use some of these ideas. I got HOTD for this article back in the summer I believe. It was a while ago.

    • VivaLaVina 3 years ago

      This is so creative! I've never thought of using buttons to make bracelets and rings. This is just wonderful! Thank you for sharing such useful idea and creativity.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, VivaLaVina! I'm glad that you enjoyed this article.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have such creative ideas. Every time I visit I leave with my mind working towards new projects. I love it.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, KoffeeKlatch Gals! It's great to hear that.

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      Corinna Nicole 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      Glad I came across this! I've made a few dangly button earrings for myself, but I used thin thread and I've tried to make some studs out of them as well. My problems though, for the dangly earrings, sometimes the string would come out of the earring hook and for the studs, I haven't been able to find a glue that actually holds them onto the backing. Any suggestions for glue? I've tried hot glue and cement glue. Also, I don't know if anyone's answered this, but I've found flat top rings at Michaels

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I use E-6000 for all of my button crafts that require gluing. There are a few beaded earring designs I make that require glue, and I use super glue for those tiny jobs. Loctite brand is great. I order my flat top rings from an Etsy shop called coverbuttoncity. Michaels is great for purchasing small quantities of items like that. However, if you're looking for larger quantities, I suggest ordering online.

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      Corinna Nicole 3 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      Thanks for the advice!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Any time!

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      Sarah Carlsley 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub! I love the tacks and the magnets, very clever!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much!

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

      Hey Randomcreative, your hubs are very interesting. I really like the ideas you have portrayed here. At home we spend a lot of time doing craft activities. Thank you so much for sharing these colorful ideas. Cheers!

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      Aldene Fredenburg 3 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

      An update: I Pinned this a while ago, and I am getting lots of messages from Pinterest about people re-pinning; it's my most popular pin!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Toytasting! It's great that you do a lot of craft activities at home. I hope that you can add some of these ideas to the mix.

      AMFredenburg, I am so glad to hear that! Thanks for the update.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, sginteractive. :) Thanks!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 3 years ago from Georgia

      niiiiiiice!!!!!!!

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      Nichelle Webster 3 years ago from Silicon Valley

      I love the button tacks! Imagine a little corkboard with a gift certificate pinned to it--such a cute gift!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Nichelle! That's a great idea for a gift!

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love buttons! I've always liked this hub but hadn't seen it in a while. Nice one!

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Vicki!

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