Lets get crafting! It’s been a while since I posted a craft on my blog, and I’m super excited about this easy way to turn basic buttons into beautiful jewelry!
Buttons are a versatile and inexpensive embellishment that adds a custom touch to clothing, pillows, jewelry, shoes, and more. They can be found in thousands of colors, prints, and materials, opening the door to endless possibilities.
Recently, I began expanding my button collection. When I saw these exquisite vintage buttons on Etsy, I knew I had to do more to them than throw them into my button jar. Turning them into earrings was the perfect way to showcase their beauty. So, the next time you feel like throwing away an old blouse, take a second look at the buttons! You may just find yourself a new pair of earrings!
Some other great ways to use up old buttons:
decorate a giftcard
use for scrapbooking
make button napkin rings
decorate a picture frame
update an old pair of shoes
create artwork for kids rooms
glue them to magnets or thumbtacks
How do you recycle old buttons? Share your crafting ideas with me!
You will need:
pair of buttons
*flat pad earring posts and backs
**button shank remover
Using a button shank remover, remove the shanks off the back of the buttons. Be careful as they tend to fly when you snip them. Hold the buttons up to your ear to double check where to glue the posts (for larger buttons, you’ll need to glue it higher, for smaller buttons, you’ll need to glue it in the center). Using a bit of glue, attach the posts to the back of the buttons.
*Earring posts are available at jewelry supply stores (or Etsy) and can be purchased in metal, gold plate or sterling silver.
**Button shank removers are also called flush cutters, side cutters, or simply cutters and are available at jewelry supply stores.