Buttons have long been a source of much inspiration and history. Buttons were a way to tout family lineage and distinguish one’s chosen side of a war. Not all buttons are as detailed or majestic as the antique buttons of the past, but there are still uses for them. If you have ever been at a loss for what to do with all of the extra buttons that tend to accumulate over the years, try some of the craft ideas below. All three projects turn those ordinary buttons into fun crafting materials that can be used for your own personal enjoyment or as a way to earn extra money at a craft fair.
This idea is one of the easiest and quickest crafts around. You will need two large buttons, 2 smaller buttons, and a 12-inch length of 3/4-inch wide ribbon. Using strong craft glue, glue one end of the ribbon between the two large buttons and the opposite end between the two smaller buttons. Make sure that the glue dries completely and the buttons are tightly fused together and to the ribbon. You may want to add a thin line of hot glue around the edges of the buttons to make sure that they do not come apart. Place the length of ribbon between the pages of your book to mark your spot and you have an instant bookmark. You can use any color buttons or ribbon to create the bookmarks, so be creative with your design.
If you are looking for an idea to jazz up that plain picture frame that you have, consider gluing a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors of buttons to it. Choose buttons that match the picture you have in mind to put in the frame. For instance, if you are working on a beach theme in your living room and want to put a photo of the ocean in the frame, try to find buttons that match the blues and greens in the picture. Not only will the frame look pretty when it is done, but it will be a great way to accent your favorite picture.
Little girls love barrettes, but as any mother knows, they can be quite costly. Instead of rushing out to buy fancy hair accessories, make your own. Using large buttons and plain, flat hair clips or barrettes, glue the buttons to the flat surface. You can choose any color or design of button to make them truly unique. If the child likes flowers, use flower buttons to give her just the look she wants. It is better to do this craft with older children who will not be as likely to put the buttons in their mouth and cause a choking hazard.
Buttons are not only fun to work with, they are versatile enough to suit a wide variety of crafts and projects. Instead of throwing away that big pile of buttons, keep them and be on the lookout for more. You can often find bags of them for sale at yard sales, flea markets, and estate sales. Happy crafting!