48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas
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. Buttons Galore
What a cute way to make any tee shirt co-ordinate with any colored shorts or trousers. Any little girl would be proud to wear this outfit. Go to iCandy Handmade to see how it was made.
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
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
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 the Flamingo Toes site.
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. Christmas Tree with Vintage Buttons
This would be the perfect answer when looking for a little something extra to add to a mantel arrangement at Christmas time. You'll find the instructions for this project at red heads craft more fun.
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
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