Cute Button Projects

Raid your scrapbooking stash and make your next project cute as a button with these easy ideas.

Button Flowers

Design by Candi Gershon

Create this happy little flower bouquet using a combination of florist's wire, buttons, and beads. Stack buttons in various sizes and colors on florist's wire, and top with a pretty bead for a little sparkle. A fun vase adds the perfect finishing touch.


SOURCES: Buttons: Autumn Leaves, Junkitz, Making Memories, Hobby Lobby. Florist?s wire, beads: Hobby Lobby. Flowers: Making Memories, Prima Marketing, Inc.

Decorative Clipboard

Chalkboard paint turns this clipboard into a message center. Stick buttons to the top with adhesive dots or crafts glue to add color.


SOURCES: Clipboard: Staples. Paint: Anita?s. Buttons: vintage.

Button Bracelet

Design by Cynthea Sandoval

Threading jewelry elastic with multicolor buttons makes it simple to accessorize using these accents. Vary the size of buttons on a single bracelet for a fun look.


SOURCES: Buttons: Doodlebug Design.

Button Knob

Design by Kay Adams and Beverly Rivers

Layer a star-shaped button over a large flat button in a contrasting color to dress up a metal or wooden drawer pull. Glue the set with a strong adhesive designed for bonding all kinds of materials.


SOURCES: Buttons: Doodlebug Design. Knob: The Home Depot.

Buttoned-Up Lampshade

Design by Tonya Prawitt

Punch up a plain shade by attaching a handful of buttons in various sizes and colors for a touch of whimsy. For a sophisticated vibe, secure pearl or metallic buttons instead of colorful plastic ones.


SOURCE: Buttons: Doodlebug Design.

Button Monogram

Design by Courtney Walsh

Outline an inexpensive wood letter with colorful buttons to make a stylish monogram. Display the letter on a shelf or attach a picture hanger to the back to hang it on a wall.


SOURCES: Letter: Provo Craft. Acrylic paint: Plaid. Buttons: Making Memories.

Creative Gift Wrap

Design by Jen Lessinger

Buttons offer the perfect finishing touch for the text treatment on this gift bag. Jen prettied up that bag on the left with patterned paper and stickers. To give more character to the "ho, ho, ho" greeting, she embellished the center of each "o" with a button.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (diamonds), Scenic Route Paper Co. (dots). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Stickers: American Crafts.

Fun Letters Gift Tag

Design by Irma Gabbard

Out of "o's"? Irma subbed buttons for the missing letters on this supersweet tag. Last-on-the-sheet rub-on flowers give the buttons extra oomph.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Provo Craft (blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (green), Anna Griffin (pink). Stickers: Pebbles Inc. (brown strip), EK Success (white). Rub-ons: American Crafts. Plastic letters: Heidi Swapp.

Button Accent Album

Design by Katherine C. Nugent

Splash a rainbow of multicolor buttons on a plain-Jane black album cover. Katherine first attached bright strips of patterned paper to give each color block a clean edge.


SOURCES: Album: Hot off the Press. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Punch: EK Success. Ribbon: American Crafts. Buttons: Michaels, Doddlebug Design.

Big Button Window Valance

Design by Margaret Sindelar

Spruce up a tab-top window valance by sewing on large, flat buttons. For a playful stitching treatment, crisscross-stitch through the four holes and then add vertical straight stitches.


SOURCES: Buttons: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fabric: Waverly (dragonfly), P.Kaufmann (daisy).

Button Storage

Design by Pamela S. Porter

Sometimes all it takes is a crafty storage method to breathe new life into your button collection. Store buttons by color in a vintage spice rack to create a pretty -- and practical -- storage display.

Button Picture Frame

Design by Pamela S. Porter

Buttons are an easy way to add subtle texture to a monochromatic project. Mount a photo to an inexpensive wood plaque and use up your stash of whites to frame it. Vary finishes and designs -- from shiny to etched to distressed -- to give the artwork lots of dimension.


SOURCES: Buttons, wood plaque: Hobby Lobby. Ribbon: M&J Trimming Co., Inc.

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