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48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas

Updated on July 22, 2017
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

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If you are like me, you don't throw anything away without taking off the buttons. The trouble with that is you end up with lots of buttons, but really nothing to put them on.

Except, now that is going to change. I have been searching for easy button crafts and I've found some really nice ideas for using buttons on craft projects. It's truly amazing to see all the things that you can make with buttons and I'm happy to say that the projects listed below all have directions available also.

Some of the projects are easy crafts for kids to make, and there are a few more difficult projects that you may want to make yourself. Some of the crafts are suitable to frame and would make a nice gift or to hang on your own wall. I hope you find some of the ideas using buttons just what you have been saving all those buttons for. I know there are some I'm definitely going to be making.

The beautiful button encrusted vase above is pictured and the directions are at the all you site.

1. Buttons Headband

What a cute and colorful headband. You'll find this a very easy headband to make for all the little and big girls you know. And imagine all the different colors and styles there are in buttons, the choices are in the thousands. You'll find the instructions for making this headband at SUGAR BEE crafts .

2. Beautiful Button Bowls

I love the long, pink bowl shown here. A beautiful, button bowl would look so nice almost anywhere you choose to place it. I can certainly imagine a button bowl to hold jewelry or makeup brushes in the bedroom, as well as pens in the office, or flowers on a mantel. You can go to the JOANN site to find the instructions for making the bowls.


3. Button Star Wreath

A fun star wreath for the kids to make to celebrate all the patriotic holidays. An easy button project that is inexpensive to make, and beautiful to display. Find the instructions for making this button wreath at Five Little Chefs.

4. Refrigerator Magnets

These are perfect for holding school work and art work brought home from school. The kids will be so proud that you want to display their work. Go to Homemade Gifts Made Easy for the directions.

5. Button Bouquet for Mom

Add these cute as a button, button flowers to a green foliage plant and enjoy the amazed look on your Mom's face. For the directions, go to Landeelu.

6. Button Bugs

Imagine how much fun the kids will have making an infestation of button bugs for all the house plants and garden flowers. The instructions for making them is found at the Parents site.

7. Button Covered Box

This would make a cute jewelry box or trinket box. A nice addition to the décor on a lamp table or dresser. Find the directions at all you.

8. Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

You'll find a great pictured tutorial for making these pendants at Craftsy.

9. Monogrammed Letter

This would make a nice addition to a baby's or little girl's room. Just take the glass out of a picture frame to give the monogram room. This project's directions are found at America Crafts.

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 KIDDLEY.

11. Button Paper Clips

This definitely takes the blah out of paper clips. These could even be used as bookmarks. Go to Bella Dia to see how they are put together.

12. Button Necklace Tutorial

13. Plant Sling

Get the beauty of a macrame plant sling without all the work. You can find the directions for this project at the Martha Stewart site.

14. Animal Pendant Necklace

Little button animals are so easy to make, and so very cute. Perfect little pendant necklaces for kids to make to give as gifts or to wear themselves. The instructions for making these little animal pendants is found at kiwi crate.

15. Buttoned Napkin Holders

Enhance your decor and make these homemade napkin holders. What could be more satisfying than to know you made them yourself. Easy directions can be found at Think Crafts.

16. Cinnamon Stick Ornaments

I've seen these gorgeous cinnamon stick ornaments and they really are beautiful. These ornaments can also be used as a brooch, a hair ornament or a necklace. The tutorial for making these cinnamon stick trees is found at Crafts Unleashed.

17. Beautiful Buttons Garland

I would never have thought to make, or realized they could be so attractive as, a garland using buttons. You'll find the instructions for making this button garland at The Magic Onions.

18. Button Ornies

Imagine a Christmas tree loaded with these pretty, colorful ornaments. They are so easy to make that you can have the whole family helping make the ornaments. Go to Speech Room Style to find the instructions and to see how quickly they can be made.

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, that I just couldn't resist including it. Find the tutorial, and bunny pattern, at LITTLE BIT FUNKY.


20. Button Covered Eggs

I think these are just beautiful, and they are so easily made. I love the way they've used the same colored buttons on an egg. Go to Crafts 'n Coffee for the directions.

21. Button Pendant

Make a pendant to co-ordinate with all your different casual outfits. Use gold, silver or black and white for more formal outfits. Go to Think CRAFTS! for the instructions.

22. Button Berry Wreath Pillow

Who would have thought to add red butttons to green felt leaves to make a Christmas pillow? We know, just go to Creations by Kara to see who did.

23. Button and Bottle Cap Wreath

Notice the buttons are inside bottle caps here. I think this is an outstanding wreath and doesn't look too difficult to make. For the directions, go to SHAKEN TOGETHER.

24. Button Headband

Make this really elegant looking headband by following the tutorial that you'll find at the BUTTON RETREAT. There are so many different styles and colors of buttons, so your headband will be one-of-a-kind ant unique.

25. Button Tree Art

This is a work of art. It would make a nice project for school or as a scout craft activity. Go to Ideas2Live4 for the directions.

26. Color Your Own Buttons - color with dye

Until I ran across this site, I didn't know that it was possible to dye buttons to get the colors wanted. Check this out, you'll be amazed at how easy it can be done. For the instructions, go to Wonder Forest.

27. Button Eyed Cat Pillows

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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.

28. Mosaic Buttons Bowl

If you have lots of buttons this is a cute craft to use them on. Make a mosaic bowl with your buttons, by going to favecrafts for the directions.

29. Button Bracelet

Aren't these cute little bracelets? I'm sure a girl you know would love to have help making some like these shown. Go to Martha Stewart for the instructions.

30. Button Snowflake

The kids would love making these and even the littlest of them could have fun. Maybe even use gold or silver glitter glue to glue the buttons on. For the directions, go to CRAFTS FOR ALL SEASON.

31. Button Wreath

Imagine this wreath done with all gold, or gold and black, or gold, black and white with black and gold ribbons. Use colors to enhance your décor and directions from Running with Sisters.

32. Buttons Checker Game

Check out this tutorial by Little Miss momma which gives the instructions for making a checker board. This checker board is made using wood, so you'll want to reference her tutorial.

33. Button Fruit Napkins

So simple and so beautiful. Go to this mama loves for the instructions.

34. Perpetual Calendar

Not only is this a beautiful piece of décor, it is also a useful calendar. You'll find the tutorial for making a perpetual calendar like the one shown above at Makezine.

35. Felt and Button Ball

The tutorial at favecrafts gives the instructions on making this felt and button ball. Cutting felt shapes is easy to do and adding buttons makes a nice finished ball for decorating a child's or baby's room.


36. Cute as a Button Hairband

Any girl would enjoy making and wearing a cute button hairband. Find the instructions for this hairband at B.Cheniful.

37. T-shirt Button Bracelets

Now you can use up your old t-shirts and make cute bracelets for yourself and your friends. Follow the tutorial at BUTTONS GALORE & More to make the bracelets. A great recycle project.

38. Tiny Eyed Owl Ornaments

These are some really cute owl ornaments that you can easily make a bunch of for your Christmas tree or to give as favors at a party. The instructions for making these tiny eyed owl ornaments can be found at button it up.

39. Hanging Beaded Glass Flower Vases

Pretty Handy Girl made these beaded flower vases using beads and buttons. Such an easy and attractive decoration to make for a special occasion.

40. Bib Necklace

I find this bib necklace to be very attractive. With so many choices of buttons it's possible to make a necklace for any outfit. Go to The Scrap Shoppe blog for the easy to follow tutorial.

41. Button Fish

Depending on the age of the crafter, the younger ones could use white glue to adhere the buttons onto the felt for this project. If you want to display it on a mantel or on the wall, you will probably want a more permanent, sewn, way. Go to KROKOTAK for the tutorial for this project.

42. Button Snowman Ornaments

Make cute button snowman ornaments by following the directions at funEZcrafts. Imagine all the different sized and colors that your snowmen can be made of. Great idea for a senior craft.

43. Statement Rings

This is an outstanding idea. I love the looks of these big button rings. Find out how to make them by going to Miss Kris for the directions.

44. Chunky Vintage Bracelets

This knockoff version of the chunky vintage bracelet is shared by Crazy for Collars.


45. Button Key Chain

I especially like this button keychain when I imagine using buttons from clothing that a loved one wore, or from a special vacation or occasion. Find the tutorial for making these whimsical key chains at LIVING with punks.

46. No-Sew Burlap Owls

Easy enough for the kids to make. You'll find the instructions for this project at KIDS CRAFTROOM.

47. Folk Art Snowflake Ornament

These snowflake ornaments have a shabby chic appearance that some folks love. If you are one of them, you'll find the instructions for making these snowflakes at Erik Homemade.

48. Button Letter Wall Art

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have not yet done any button craft but with all these ideas, am excited to try.

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      Fiona 3 years ago from South Africa

      Yes, and I found a place that sells buttons by the kilogram - works out to less than a cent a button.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      Wonderful - thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So many creative ideas! Thank you!

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Creative and lots of design input. Thanks!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great lens, I like many of them and must have a go, as I having many buttons collected over the years. Thanks for sharing a great idea. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All look cute. I'll try to make vase-covered button.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I came here looking for buttoned towels for my kitchen, and found so many amazing button crafts. Lovely ideas. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @lilymom24: So many cute and nice ideas.

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      This is a great list of crafts to do with buttons. Thanks for sharing these. =)

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      KayeSI 5 years ago

      Oh how CUTE! I'm definitely going to have to find some buttons at a thrift store or antique store and give some of these ideas a try with my grandkids. Such fun, and from the looks of it, easy crafts for kids AND seniors. Thanks for a lovely lens.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      I am adding this as a featured lens on my button craft lens and pinning it. Lots of great ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the branch with buttons!

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      Rock Artist 5 years ago

      I love these ideas, thank you for a great craft lesson!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Our black cat died not too long ago and the black cushions that look like a cat really reminded me of him. I think it such a cute idea. I have tons of buttons so I'll be checking out these sites. Thank you. Angel blessings and recommending this lens for the Front Page Quest .. hope it wins.

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      N Beaulieu 5 years ago

      Crafty ideas! I love the magnets and spring flowers the best.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love all of your button crafts! That bottle cap and button wreath is darling!

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      TheArtLibrarian 5 years ago

      I loved the plant sling, too. Great lens.

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      Roberto Eldrum 5 years ago

      I really loved the snowflake and the idea for plant sling. A really crafty and useful lens!

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      Roberto Eldrum 5 years ago

      I really loved the snowflake and the idea for plant sling. A really crafty and useful lens!

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      andreablogger 5 years ago

      Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I love the children's t-shirt decorated in buttons. I want to make one for me! Great craft lens. Blessed.

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      The button snowflake is my favorite. Will try it.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very creative ideas here for button crafts, like the branches and also the plant hanger.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very creative ideas here for button crafts, like the branches and also the plant hanger.