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How To Make Earrings Out Of Buttons

Updated on October 8, 2012
Don't throw those loose buttons away! Learn how to turn them into a lovely pair of earrings.
Don't throw those loose buttons away! Learn how to turn them into a lovely pair of earrings.

Ever wonder what to do with those loose buttons you've seem to have accumulated in the back of your drawer? Here's a quick and easy d.i.y. tutorial on how to turn those buttons into a chic pair of earrings in no time flat!

Here's what you'll be needing to get started on your button earrings
Here's what you'll be needing to get started on your button earrings

What you'll need:

  • Buttons, this tutorial uses buttons with plastic shank-backings
  • Scissors
  • Nail file
  • Strong hold glue
  • Earring backs, which you can find at any craft store

Step one: Cut the shank off
Step one: Cut the shank off

Step One:

With gentle pressure use the scissors to cut the shank off the button. Caution, to prevent any injury, do this step little by little. Close the blades of the scissors gently on one side, then turn it over and close the blades gently on the other side. Keep alternating until the shank cuts off.

Step two: File the back smooth
Step two: File the back smooth

Step Two:

File the excess part left from the shank so that the back is even and as flat as possible.

Step three: Glue the earring post on
Step three: Glue the earring post on

Step Three:

Glue the earring back onto the button. Apply a thin even layer of glue to the post. Trust me it will go a long way!

Step Four:

Repeat steps 1-3 on the second button. Let the button earrings dry 24 hours before trying them on.

Et voila! You've made yourself a chic pair of earrings. Now wasn't that easy?
Et voila! You've made yourself a chic pair of earrings. Now wasn't that easy?

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    • CutandChicVintage profile imageAUTHOR

      CutandChicVintage 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you By Lori! Yes you're right, there are plenty of shops out there that specifically sell vintage supplies, including buttons. You can get them by the bulk and thus use them for loads of projects - you'll probably be able to make 50 earrings, each for less than $3! Now that's a good deal :)

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      By Lori 

      5 years ago from USA

      Very clever ! I know a lot of people collect vintage and antique buttons. This could be a business too, maybe already is ?

    • CutandChicVintage profile imageAUTHOR

      CutandChicVintage 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice, creative and well explained and illustrated. Thanks for sharing.

    • CutandChicVintage profile imageAUTHOR

      CutandChicVintage 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank you Lady Summerset! I'm glad you've enjoyed this hub!

    • Lady Summerset profile image

      Lady Summerset 

      6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      What an innovative and creative use for buttons! Bravo!

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