How To Make A Necklace With A Button

Making a necklace with a pretty button, beading wire, and seed beads is easier than one, two, and three! For this project I will make a blue necklace and a matching bracelet, which is part of a series of Hubs I am making on how to create your own jewelry. The other day I went to Joann's Fabrics, one of my favorite stores, and I ended up spotting a beautiful button that would make a nice pendant on a necklace. Any bobble, finding, or trinket that looks pretty can be incorporated into a piece of homemade jewelry if you take the time and patience to figure out how to make it work. When I first started making this necklace I pondered how to keep the button/pendant from bobbling around on the chain, but then I discovered I could hold it in place with two larger acrylic beads. Keep reading to find out how to make this beautiful, fun, and simple necklace. At the end I will include instructions for inspiration on how to create a matching bracelet.

Make this beautiful necklace with beading wire, a button, and seed beads. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)
Make this beautiful necklace with beading wire, a button, and seed beads. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)

Step One: Cutting The Beading Wire

I cut off a piece of beading wire that was approximately fourteen to sixteen inches. (Photo Take By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)
I cut off a piece of beading wire that was approximately fourteen to sixteen inches. (Photo Take By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)

Cut off a piece of beading wire that is approximately fourteen to sixteen inches. This will be a shorter necklace, so I cut off a few extra inches to leave enough room for tying the necklace off at the end.

Step Two: Slip the Bead On The Wire

Slip the button on the wire. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)
Slip the button on the wire. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)

Luckily this button had a hole on the back, which made it easy to put on the beading wire. Try to find a button similar to this one if you decide to add buttons to a necklace.

Step Three: Use Two Large Acrylic Beads To Hold The Button In Place.

Use two large acrylic beads to hold the button in place. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)
Use two large acrylic beads to hold the button in place. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)

Buttons are secured to a shirt with a thread and needle, but on a necklace two larger beads are needed to keep the button from wobbling about. I decided to use two large clear acrylic beads because this is what I had on hand, but you can use any type of bead, so long as these beads are large enough to keep the button in place.

Step Four: Start Adding The Seed Beads.

Add a glass bead to each side of the necklace. (Photo Take By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)
Add a glass bead to each side of the necklace. (Photo Take By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)

Add glass beads to each side of the necklace. Keep doing this until you reach the top of the necklace. The glass beads I am using for this project are from the Czech Republic, which makes wonderful glass and crystal beads. At least these are higher quality than some of the other crystal and glass beads at the crafting stores, but use whatever type of seed beads you prefer. Keep adding seed beads to each side of the necklace until reaching the top.

This is what the necklace looks like as you keep adding the seed beads.  (Photo Take By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)
This is what the necklace looks like as you keep adding the seed beads. (Photo Take By Sweetiepie On Hubpages)

Step Five: Use Jewelry Pliers To Connect The Clasp

Leave enough room on both ends of the wire to connect the necklace to the clasp. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie On Hubpages).
Leave enough room on both ends of the wire to connect the necklace to the clasp. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie On Hubpages).

I used jewelry pliers to connect both ends of the beading wire to the necklace. All I did was make a loop on both ends and used the pliers to make these tight and secure. There are more complicated ways of attaching beading wire to a clasp, but I prefer this basic way and it works for me. Extra security can be added by placing a dab of jewelry glue on the loop where the wire is connected to the clasp.

The Finished Necklace

Here is what the finished necklace looks like.  It compliments blue tops very well. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie)
Here is what the finished necklace looks like. It compliments blue tops very well. (Photo Taken By Sweetiepie)

The Matching Bracelet

Create a matching bracelet using blue stone beads and seed beads. (Picture Taken By Sweetiepie)
Create a matching bracelet using blue stone beads and seed beads. (Picture Taken By Sweetiepie)

This looks like one bracelet, but it is actually two bracelets side by side! For the first bracelet I simply put blue seed beads on stretch magic and tied it off. One the second bracelet I surrounded four blue stone beads with seed bead, and these were also beaded onto a strand of stretch magic. Watch the video I made below for more tips on how to make a matching bracelet. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own simple jewelry. Happy beading!

How To Make A Matching Bracelet

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

Now this is something I could do, thanks.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by Mr. Ewing. I am sure you could make some jewelry for your wife, she would like that :).


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weblog 8 years ago from 1India

I always like to read your hubs because I like the way you present them in simple, understandable english (atleast for my level), images and videos. I read them even if the topic is not my favourite. This is another great hub!!


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

I used to be really big on making beaded jewelry. I still have tons of glass beads and supplies under my bed I haven't wanted to part with. This definitely brought me back to my crafty days. Ha Great hub.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

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Thanks for the nice comments on my hubs. You also write some interesting hubs. I hope you do another story soon.

Whitney,

Sounds like you made some really nice pieces of jewelry back when you were into crafting. Thanks for stopping by.


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Very nice job my dear and looks good on you too...I was a manager at a jewelry mfg. co. for 10 years and got my fill of  making jewelry believe me..but you do a very nice job and is well presented too..thanks for the refreshing look...G-ma :o) hugs


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

G-Ma,

That is so sweet of you to say so and I feel honored you think my necklace looks nice since you have so much experience in this field :).


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Thanks sweetiepie beautiful necklace!,I have'nt got around to the other necklace yet. I think I'll have a crack at this one first. I think it would be more suitable for my wife.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Which ever type of necklace you think would be best. Remember you can always change the beads around on any necklace. Each necklace I create is a unique inspiration of the moment. Thanks for commenting.


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epifanny 8 years ago from AU

looks stunning and simple enough to make.. wow i cant get over that first pic.. so beautiful :)


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the comments. It looked better in person than the picture, which is what I love about crystal beads and buttons.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

What a very pretty necklace and bracelet you made and the instructions are so clear and illustrated with some great pictures.  It was also very nice to hear your voice on youtube.  Thumbs up.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Dottie,

Thanks for the nice comments. I love doing the YouTube videos because these are yet another way to promote our hubs.


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poorQpine 7 years ago from USA

Sweetie,

The necklace is very elegant.


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poorQpine 7 years ago from USA

I like those blue stones too. Forgot to say that.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi my friend poorQpine. How are things in the animal kingdom? I really love wearing this necklace because it makes me feel like a flower.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

The necklace is very pretty. I like to make beaded stretch bracelets and earrings. It's very addictive, isn't it. You can't have too many beads.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi lovelypaper,

Making necklaces and bracelets is a very cost effective way to amass cheap and super cute jewelry.


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RosWebbART 6 years ago from Ireland

I have loads of buttons ; left over from my days as a designer!! this is a great idea to use them in a beautiful way.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Sounds like a fun project RosWebbArt.


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LPogue 6 years ago from Missouri

Thanks for such a great idea! I have several nice buttons I have been wanting to incorporate into jewelry, but haven't been able to figure out how to keep them from 'wobbling' about.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub LPogue.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Hi, I liked your idea,. Now I need to find a pretty button.

Happy Easter


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi BJBenson,

I think shiny buttons work best for this kind of project. Hope you had a nice Easter as well.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

SweetiePie, I'm so happy I found this button hub, my 11 year old collects buttons and loves making things with them. She has not created a necklace yet but with this awesome guide she can. Thanks I just know this will be a very fun and rewarding activity. Peace :)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Katiem,

Button necklaces are fun and bold pieces, and I am sure she will love making these :).


Jewelry Making Supplies 6 years ago

I loved the article! These types of resources are extremely valuable to anyone interested in making jewelry. I can't wait to read some more of your articles!


Guest 6 years ago

Beautiful!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Just love the beautiful necklace. I'm not that good at making jewlery, but I have to try this. Your instructions are excellent and easy to understand. Fabulous hub and thank you so much. Thumbs up!


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Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

These are gorgeous!


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workingmomwm 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Those Czech glass seed beads are beautiful! I'll have to get some of those.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments workingmomwm!


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RalphGreene 5 years ago

Very interesting hub! It's a good business idea. THanks for sharing.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Appreciate your comments Ralph Greene!


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BanglewoodCrafts 5 years ago from United States

Very Nice. Thanks for the tutorial.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you for your lovely comment!


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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Making a necklace with a button seems so easy to do! I can't wait to try it! (But first, I'm making a rosary because of a terminally ill relative.)


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I never thought of people making rosary necklaces because I am not Catholic, but that sounds like a nice thing to do for your relative.


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Fiona Jean Mckay 2 years ago from South Africa

I would never have known that was a button if you hadn't said anything - it looks awesome! (given me some inspiration- I just bought a kg of buttons.)


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Fiona,

I am so glad you liked my necklace. With all the beautiful buttons they make today, I have discovered these are often cheaper than pieces marketed as pendants. Actually, anything you can add a loop a hook to can be made into a pendant, so have fun playing around with your supplies.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

I love the idea of using a pretty button. You seem to have a creative mind and I am glad you found the idea of the two larger beads to hold the button in place. I will have to explore that possibility with my buttons!

As for the bracelet, that is so pretty, and I saw it first then saw the video after. I thought the stone part had stones around the whole bracelet, only to find that you had the smaller blue beads on the other side. I like that idea, and have never used it in my bracelet making. If I had a few beads like that, I might try to spread them out with spacer beads and other beads, but then you lose the look that you achieved there with yours. I like all the blues, very pretty! Thanks for sharing.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I have not looked at this bracelet in a long time, so your comment reminded me of it. Maybe I will write another hub about jewelry making in the future, but lately I have been focusing a bit more of my drawing. I would like to see some of your projects.


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heathersgreatcat 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Love this idea!!! I'm a jewelry designer in Charlotte and my work features gorgeous antique and vintage buttons. What size seed beads are these?


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

You know I made this necklace so long ago, I do not remember the specific size. I am a bit free flowing in my jewelry making technique in that if I see a button or pendant I like, I just build around that with beads that I got. What I do remember is these were larger glass seed beads that were sold in tubes.

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