Button Crafts

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I love button crafts! Maybe it’s because I love hot glue, or maybe it’s because buttons are so easy to work with. I just think buttons are some of the most friendly, pretty, versatile crafts materials to work with. I’ve used buttons to create quirky wreaths, adorn felt ornaments, greeting cards and scrapbook pages.  I’d like to dedicate this post to button crafts I’ve never tried – and I’ve tried a lot. Hopefully there’s something here that will inspire you to get creative and use buttons in ways you haven’t thought of.


This artist created a new look by smashing her old buttons and layering them. I just love the effect. These smashed buttons make unique jewelry, but I think they’d be great for purse making and mixed media projects as well.

Smashin’ButtonsChristine Marie Davis

Aren’t these paperweights cheerful? I’m thinking buttons cast in resin would also make great refrigerator magnets.

Cast Resin Paperweights –  lil blue boo

This one would be fun to do with the kids. A great way to use leftover buttons and balloons!

Create a Unique Bowl Using Old ButtonsDesigns by Kristen

I’ve been looking for a way to dress up the lighting in my living room. This is a great way to add a whimsical feel to the room. I also love the idea of redefining old lampshades instead of just tossing them in the trash.

Button LampshadeAt Home on the Bay

I’m not yet skilled in jewelry making – though I’d love to learn. Here are some antique button necklaces to inspire.

DIY Inspiration Antique Button JewelryDiary of a Creative Fanatic

If your fingers need a rest from all that threading but you still have some fun buttons lying around you will love this next one. No sew fabric flowers can be used to decorate clothes, presents, cards, etc. Added bonus: kids can join in for this one!

No-Sew Fabric Flowers Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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  1. Cath T

    Thanks! These are fun ideas. We all know that certain craft ideas become “trends,” then you see them repeated until you’re thoroughly sick of them. So I’m especially delighted when I see something new and unique. My favorite is the smashed button idea (if I have the courage to deliberately mangle something). The end effect is surprisingly appealing. I’m also intrigued by the threaded button jewelry. Several things here I’d really love to try. Fun post.

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