Six Ways to Reuse Buttons

Six Ways to Reuse Buttons

Amber Byfield
Nov 2, 2009


In prepping for a weekend of holiday crafting, we came across our random collection of buttons. Over the years, the collection has amassed all varieties —from flat and colorful to big and bulbous, all found in thrift shops, grandma's attic, and sometimes on the floor. Buttons always seem to be left behind, and many crafters have kept every stray or interesting button they've come across. So here are a handful of tips to put all those buttons to use. Or re-use, assuming they've already lived at least one life as a fastener...

1. Just in time for the holidays, make either of these wreaths. The red wreath is brought to us by Stephanie at the Littlebirds blog, and we love the way it shows off the face of each button. Or, you can go the Martha Stewart route and make a wreath similar to the green one on the right.

2. We've started clipping coupons and putting them on the fridge next to the shopping list. So we're thinking of whipping up a batch of button magnets to compliment them.

3. Even with very limited sewing skills, you can attach buttons on a bag as an embellishment.

4. Another seasonal idea? Cut holiday shapes out of felt, and then embellish the shapes with buttons, sewn on with colorful embroidery thread.

5. For an interesting desk addition, fill a baby food jar with buttons and use it as a paperweight.

6. Glue buttons onto (or inside of) a photo or memory book. You can color-coordinate with your photos. If you're feeling super-crafty, you could even sew the buttons onto the paper. The possibilities are endless!

So, put that random button collection to use and send us your ideas!

Top photo: Nikkishell; Wreaths via Stephanie at Littlebirds; Martha Stewart Magnets via Martha Stewart. Bag: Amber Byfield for Re-Nest

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