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The Beginner's Guide to Crafting With Buttons



Ever wondered what magic lies hidden in the simplicity of a button? They clink and clatter like tiny jewels in an old tin, waiting to unleash a spectrum of creativity.

Let your imagination run wild as these pint-sized wonders transform your DIY endeavors. Forget just fastening! The real joy comes in casting these little loops into dazzling arrays of art.

With a dash of creativity and a sprinkling of flair, you'll see how crafting with buttons can turbocharge your projects into unique, one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

Let's get into it!

The History of Buttons in Craft

Buttons have been used for centuries as decorative embellishments on clothing. However, their use in craft projects was relatively unknown until the late 1800s.

At this time, they were often made from materials such as:
  • bone
  • metal
  • glass
  • wood
  • Ivory

They were primarily used in sewing and embroidery to add a touch of elegance and charm to garments. But as technology advanced, so did the materials used for buttons.

Today, you can find button crafts made from all sorts of materials like plastic, resin, and even fabric.

Common Types of Buttons for Crafting

When it comes to crafts using buttons, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Different projects call for different types of buttons, and the possibilities are endless! Here are some of the most common types of buttons used in crafting:

Basic Buttons

These versatile charmers come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of sizes to match any whim or fancy. Seamlessly, they blend functionality with flair, turning the mundane into magnificent with just a stitch.


Shaped Buttons

For a touch of whimsy and fun, shaped buttons are the way to go. These fun designs can add a touch of quirkiness to any creative project.

From animals to flowers, hearts to star buttons, the options are endless and perfect for adding a playful touch to any craft design.

Shank Buttons

The shank button has a slight indentation on its back, which allows for attaching it to fabric without sewing through the button itself. These buttons are perfect for thicker fabrics or when you want to avoid creating a hole in delicate materials.

Buttons with Special Finishes

If you're up to something unique, consider using buttons with special finishes such as metallic, glitter, or even glow-in-the-dark. They add a touch of sparkle and shine to your projects, making them stand out in a crowd.

Novelty Buttons

For the ultimate in creativity, novelty buttons take the cake. These unconventional pieces come in all sorts of fun and quirky designs like:
  • unicorns
  • superheroes
  • food items
  • cartoon characters

It simply adds personality to any DIY project or creating a themed piece. Plus, they make excellent conversation starters!

Vintage Buttons

For a touch of nostalgia and class, old-fashioned buttons are the way to go. These antique beauties come in different styles, shapes, and materials that add a sense of history and charm to your creations.

Tools and Materials Needed for Button Crafting

Now that you know about the history and different types of buttons, let's talk about what you'll need to get started on your button crafting journey.

First and foremost, you'll need a good selection of buttons in various colors, shapes, and sizes. You can find them at craft stores or even look through your collection of old clothes to repurpose them.

Additionally, you'll need some basic tools such as:
  • needle and thread
  • glue gun
  • scissors
  • fabric glue (if using fabric buttons)
  • sewing machine (optional)

These tools will come in handy for attaching your buttons to different materials. Depending on the type of project, you may also need additional supplies like fabric, paper, or yarn.

Basic Button Crafting Techniques

The most common way of attaching buttons is by sewing them onto fabric. The process is relatively straightforward and involves creating a knot at the end of your thread, passing it through the shank or holes of the button, and securing it with a few more stitches.

But there are also other techniques you can use such as:
  • gluing
  • button embellishment
  • button stamping
  • button weaving

The best part about these ideas with buttons is that there are no set rules. You can experiment and find techniques that work best for your specific project.

Fun Ideas for Button Crafting Projects

Crafting with buttons isn't just about the tools and techniques. It's also about the projects that bring joy and color to our lives.

Here are a few fun and inspiring crafts with buttons ideas that can turn simple pieces into splendid crafts:

Button Bouquets

Create a colorful, never-wilt bouquet by gluing buttons to wire stems. These are perfect for adding a touch of charm to any room, and they make excellent gifts too!

Button Art

Use buttons as your paintbrushes and create unique pieces of art by dipping them in different colored paints. You can use this technique on canvases, cards, or even fabric.

Whimsical Wall Art

Create whimsical wall art by arranging buttons of various sizes and colors into fun designs. This is a great way to add a pop of color and personality to any space.

Trendy Jewelry

Stitch buttons onto a basic chain necklace or bracelet for an easy, unique accessory. Or go all out and create button earrings, rings, and hair accessories.

Cute as a Button Coaster

Simply glue buttons onto cork or felt and voila! You have functional, unique coasters that will impress any guest.

Button Magnets

Turn plain magnets into adorable, distinct pieces by gluing buttons onto them. They make great gifts and add a touch of fancifulness to any fridge or bulletin board.

Button Bookmarks

Mark your spot in style with a charming button bookmark. To do this, simply glue a button to one end of a ribbon or elastic band and let the other end dangle inside your book.

Celebrating the Creativity of Crafting with Buttons

As you've seen, crafting with buttons is not just fasteners. They're portals to an endless world of creative possibilities. Whether you're a seasoned artisan or a curious beginner, we hope this guide has sparked some inspiration for your next project.

Remember, each button holds a story, Now it's up to you to craft it into something extraordinary. Happy crafting!

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