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Using Buttons On Greeting Cards

Updated on August 24, 2019
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Adding buttons to your greeting cards is not only fun, but adds a touch of whimsy and dimension to all your greeting cards.

Types Of Buttons For Greeting Cards

There are lots of different buttons to chose from for your card making. So many colors and options ! Here are a few things to know about buttons and how they can be used on your greeting cards:

  1. Flat buttons are just what the name implies. They are totally flat. They generally have two or four holes in the center. They can be made of wood, metal, glass, ceramic or plastic. They can have rigged edges which means that they are not really flat. These are very useful for cards. They give some dimension. but do not weigh the card down.
  2. Lapel buttons usually have a design or promotional image. They are attached with a small thin metal pin like structure. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. They are mostly made of metal.
  3. Shank buttons are flat on the top, They have a loop structure on the bottom to hold them on. They do not lay flat to the card stock. They have a very raised look,
  4. Snap or poppers are buttons that have two parts. They can be made of metal or plastic. They have a male and female part that attach to each other.
  5. Studs are often most associated with jeans, but have lots of other uses. They have two parts that attach to each other.

Where To Find Buttons

Of course you can buy buttons. They are everywhere. You can buy them by the card.usually these are buttons that are sets.

Craft buttons are usually sold in clear jars or containers. These buttons have a flat back that makes them easier to adhere to your cards.

Check out thrift shops. They often have boxes and collections of buttons. Prices are usually very good.

Yard and estate sales often have lots of buttons, These are usually someones collection and can contain button treasures.

Before you get rid of old clothes, remember to remove the buttons.

Use heavy card stock as your base anytime you are adding buttons to a greeting cards

How To Use Buttons On Greeting Cards

  • Use buttons for various features such as eyes, to create a mouth or to become the center of a blooming flower.
  • Make or embellish flowers with buttons.
  • Create balloons by gluing buttons on your card. Then add strings with a marker.
  • Make a button bug by using one color for the head. Then add three or more buttons of other colors.
  • Create a green or green and red button wreath for a holiday card

Place tiny brads in a different color in the holes of your buttons to add even more dimension

This idea is perfect for folks with lots of buttons and not a lot of soace
This idea is perfect for folks with lots of buttons and not a lot of soace

Organizing Your Greeting Card Buttons

I store my buttons by color. I like to keep each color in a zip lock bag. Then I store them in a box marked buttons Here are more button storage ideas:

  • Use a Multi draw hardware storage unit. They are perfect for organizing all of your buttons. Glue a button on the outside of the draw to indicate color
  • Compartment boxes are another alternative. They come in all different sizes. Look for jewelry storage boxes. You can stack them on a shelf,
  • Mason jars are readily available. They look pretty with your buttons stored by color on a shelf
  • Use medicine containers. Clean out your old pill bottles to store your button stash

Rub alcohol inks on the edge of your buttons to give them more depth

Add glitter glue on top of your buttons to create more bling

Button Bike-A Sweet Ride

Why not use buttons for wheels?
Why not use buttons for wheels? | Source
Paper and buttons from Crafter's Companion. Layer your buttons to create dimension and color
Paper and buttons from Crafter's Companion. Layer your buttons to create dimension and color | Source

Place a small dab of hot glue on the back of the button before applying it to the card. Add glue for each button immediately before it is placed.

Button Flower Card

Simple but elegant button flower greeting card. You could add a saying on the card front
Simple but elegant button flower greeting card. You could add a saying on the card front

To Sew Or Not To Sew

Yes, you can sew your buttons on your cards. That is a fact. The only problem with that idea is that you will wind up seeing the thread on the inside of your card. That problem can be solved with a liner (a piece of card stock glued or taped to cover it up.

Another alternative to that technique is to use a glue dot to adhere your button, If you do not have the exact glue dot size to fit your button, simply trim what you have to fit.

You can also use any tacky glue to adhere your button onto your greeting card.

Layering Buttons

Layering Buttons adds more dimension to your cards
Layering Buttons adds more dimension to your cards | Source

Buttons do add more weight to your cards. It is important to weigh the card to add proper postage. You may also want to consider having he post office hand stamp your card

Hoppy Birthday

Layering and cute bunny tails make this card special
Layering and cute bunny tails make this card special | Source

Give Your Buttons A Faux Thread Look

Use a needle and thread to go in and out of your button. Knot it in the back side and adhere to your card with a glue dot or tacky glue

Using Buttons On Holiday Cards

Buttons are very pretty on a Christmas card as ornaments
Buttons are very pretty on a Christmas card as ornaments

More Greeting Card Button Ideas

There are many ways to use buttons on greeting cards, Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Outline a shape like a heart with buttons
  • Use buttons for eyes
  • Use as the center of a flower
  • Make a button bug
  • Create a button rainbow
  • Decorate a banner with a button
  • Place a button as the center of a bow
  • Use the buttons to create a tree. Draw or cut a tree shape, Add different sized green buttons as a tree
  • Use buttons to outline a die cut circle or square
  • Make a button Christmas tree
  • Add a button to the center of a bow

Want To Change The Color Of Your Buttons?

Don't have the right color button for your project? No worries, just color your buttons with your Copic or Spectrum Noir markers. Color them and allow to dry before using.

Welcome Baby Card

Use buttons to create a frame around a die cut.
Use buttons to create a frame around a die cut. | Source

Tie a piece of baker's twine through your button for added effect

Birthday Balloon Card

Buttons are so nice to use as baloons
Buttons are so nice to use as baloons | Source

© 2019 Linda F Correa

What Are Your Thoughts Or Ideas On Using Buttons On Greeting Cards?

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    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      2 weeks ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Give it a try. It is a lot of fun !

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      azy 

      2 weeks ago

      All collection over here is something tempting for me

    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      2 months ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Buttons are a blast and fun to use. I got started with them and found it difficult to stop. My new passion is getting my stash out and finding new ways to use them

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      RTalloni 

      2 months ago

      Thanks for the ideas and tips on using buttons to make cards. I have a stash I want to use and am glad to find this great resource.

    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      2 months ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Thanks for stopping by, Larry. Appreciate your kind comments

    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      2 months ago from Spring Hill Florida

      There are so many ways to use buttons even beyond greeting cards. You can also use them on scrapbook pages and journal pages too. This was just one area where they can be recycled. If your daughter is crafty, she would be happy to get them.

    • Larry Slawson profile image

      Larry Slawson 

      2 months ago from North Carolina

      Really neat idea! Thank you for sharing!

    • johnworld093 profile image

      John Ware 

      2 months ago from Garden City, NY

      So I don't need to throw bunch of them i got in spare box. Or rather give them to my daughter for some crafting practices. I acknowledge your idea.

    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      2 months ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Thank you. I recently found this idea and loved using them on my cards. So much fun ! Appreciate your input

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      It’s a wonderful idea to use buttons in creative crafts. I couldn’t imagine that they will look so nice in greeting cards.

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful creative ideas. The pictures and the videos are very helpful. Would love to try some of them.

      Thank You.

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