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48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

This button clock is a beautiful craft project for your extra buttons!

This button clock is a beautiful craft project for your extra buttons!

What to Do With Extra Buttons: Make Button Art!

If you're like me, you don't throw anything away without first removing the buttons. The trouble with this is that you end up with lots of buttons and nothing to put them on. That's going to change, as I've rounded up a number of lovely projects that will deplete your excess button inventory! Some of the projects are easy for kids, but there are a few difficult crafts you may want to make yourself.

How Do You Make the Button Clock?

If you want to try making the beautiful button clock pictured above, you'll find the directions at Occasionally Crafty.

Buttons Headband

Buttons Headband

1. Buttons Headband

What a cute and colorful headband! You'll find this a very easy project to make for all the girls you know. Imagine the different button color and style combinations you can try! SUGAR BEE crafts shares how to create this delightful piece.

Button Star Ornament

Button Star Ornament

2. Button Star Ornament

I'm really impressed with this craft project. I like how the buttons and seed beads were used to fill in the star shape. Get the instructions for this ornament at Fireflies + Mud Pies.

Star Wreath

Star Wreath

3. Star Wreath

Here's a fun star wreath to make to celebrate birthdays or holidays. I think it's an easy project that is inexpensive to put together and beautiful to display. Find the instructions for making this wreath at Little Birdie Secrets.

Refrigerator Magnets

Refrigerator Magnets

4. Refrigerator Magnets

These magnets are perfect for holding schoolwork, artwork, and reminders! The kids will be so proud that you want to display their work. Go to Homemade Gifts Made Easy for the directions.

Button Bouquet for Mom

Button Bouquet for Mom

5. Button Bouquet for Mom

Add these cute-as-a-button flowers to a green foliage plant and enjoy seeing the amazed look on your mom's face when she receives them.

Button Bugs

Button Bugs

6. Button Bugs

Imagine how much fun the kids will have making a button-bug infestation for all of the house plants and garden flowers. The instructions are found at Parents.

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CD and Buttons Turtle Art

CD and Buttons Turtle Art

7. CD and Buttons Turtle Art

This looks like a fun art project for the kids. Get the directions and turtle template by going to Fireflies and Mud Pies.

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8. Fun and Funky Flip Flops

You'll find a great picture tutorial to making fun and funky flip flops at Scrapbook and Cards Today.

Monogrammed Letter

Monogrammed Letter

9. Monogrammed Letter

A monogrammed letter would make a nice addition to any child's room. Just remove the glass from the picture frame to make room for the button letter.

Button Bouquet

Button Bouquet

10. Button Bouquet

There's something about the simplicity of this little bouquet that I find beautiful. To find the instructions for making this project, go to Town and Country Living.

Decorative Paper Clips

Decorative Paper Clips

11. Decorative Paper Clips

The buttons definitely take the blah out of paper clips! These could even be used as bookmarks. Go to Bella Dia to see how to put them together.

12. Button Statement Necklace

13. Button Wall Decor

Animal Pendant Necklace

Animal Pendant Necklace

14. Animal Pendant Necklace

Little button animals are so easy to make and so very cute! These pendant necklaces are a great project for kids to make and give as gifts or to wear themselves. The instructions are found at kiwi crate.

Napkin Holders

Napkin Holders

15. Napkin Holders

Enhance your dinner table display with these homemade napkin holders. What could be more satisfying than to know you made them yourself? Easy directions can be found at Think Crafts.

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16. Cinnamon Stick Ornament

This gorgeous cinnamon stick ornament really is beautiful. It can also be used as a brooch, a hair ornament, or a necklace!

Button Garland

Button Garland

17. Button Garland

I would never have thought to make a button garland and also never realized they could be so attractive.

Stacked-Button Ornaments

Stacked-Button Ornaments

18. Stacked-Button Ornaments

Imagine a Christmas tree loaded with these pretty and colorful ornaments. They are so easy to make that you can have the whole family pitch in for this project. Go to Speech Room Style to find the instructions.

Little Peg Bunnies

Little Peg Bunnies

19. Little Peg Bunnies

Okay, I admit this project doesn't use many buttons, but the little peg bunnies are soooo cute and only take about 10 minutes to make. I just couldn't resist including them! Find the tutorial and bunny pattern at LITTLE BIT FUNKY.

Button Owl Art

Button Owl Art

20. Button Owl Art

You'll find the owl template and the tutorial for this project at A Spectacled Owl.

Button Pendant

Button Pendant

21. Button Pendant

Make a custom button pendant to coordinate with all your different casual outfits. Use gold, silver, black, or white for more formal outfits.

Butterfly Pillow

Butterfly Pillow

22. Butterfly Pillow

Find the directions for this butterfly button pillow at Spot of Tea Designs.

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23. Upcycled Wreath

I think this is an outstanding wreath that doesn't look too difficult to make. For the directions, go to Buttons Galore and More.

Button Headband

Button Headband

24. Button Headband

Make an elegant headband over at the BUTTON RETREAT. So many different styles and button colors exist, which means your headband will be one-of-a-kind.

Tree Art

Tree Art

25. Tree Art

A button tree is a work of art that would make a nice school project or a scout craft activity. Go to Ideas2Live4 for the directions.

Color Your Own Buttons

Color Your Own Buttons

26. Color Your Own Buttons

I didn't know that it was possible to dye buttons to get the desired colors! Check this tutorial out, and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to do.

Cat Pillows

Cat Pillows

27. Cat Pillows

I absolutely love these black cat pillows. They wouldn't take long to make, but they are really cute. For the directions, go to 365 days of Halloween.

Mosaic Buttons Bowl

Mosaic Buttons Bowl

28. Mosaic Buttons Bowl

If you have lots of buttons, this is a cute craft to use them up. Make a mosaic bowl by going to favecrafts.

29. Stretch Button Bracelet

Snowflake

Snowflake

30. Snowflake

Kids would love making these, and even the youngest of them could have fun. You could perhaps even use gold or silver glitter glue to attach the buttons. For the directions, go to CRAFTS FOR ALL SEASON.

Fun Wreath

Fun Wreath

31. Fun Wreath

Imagine this wreath created with buttons that are all gold, gold and black, gold, or black and white with black and gold ribbons. Use colors to enhance your décor using directions from Running with Sisters.

Checkers

Checkers