Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tool Time Tuesday...Button Bracelet Tutorial

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Happy Tuesday! Today is an easy tutorial for a button bracelet. Get your button collection out. If you don't have one, find someone who does and go through it!!

I have a small button collection made up of things from my own projects, from my mother and my grandmother. They were both frugal and both loved yard sales...so I'm not sure where any of these buttons came from. If they had clothes that were no longer wearable, buttons were removed and saved in big glass jars. If they were at a flea market or yard sale and there were buttons...they would buy them.

and this is the result of all that button saving!

A family history on one bracelet...

Here's what you need...

I bought this charm bracelet at Walmart in the craft section for $2.00.

I also had these larger jump rings for the larger buttons. The little ones came with the bracelet, but didn't fit any of the buttons. You will need the larger rings for the width of the button from the holes to the outside. This package was about $2.50 for 60 and the size is 10mm.

You will also need buttons of course! You can buy new buttons in craft stores. Some actually come in group packages of the same color.

I used mostly pearlized buttons in different shades of cream.

First step...open up the large jump ring.

Slip the ring through any hole in the button.

Add to a loop of the bracelet and close the ring.

Plan out the larger base buttons to add them equally across the bracelet.

To make it look fuller without using a ton of rings, add 3 different sized buttons to one ring.

Depending on the thickness of the buttons, you might only fit 2.

Work your way down the bracelet.

This is so cute and you could be finished at this point.

or you can start adding different sizes, shapes and textures.

One pearl bead button and a small flat button.

I also found these clear crystal looking buttons. Can you see the thread still left on one of them? That shirt didn't have a chance. Lol

Look at this bunch someone tied up...so funny.

Added both on the same ring for a little bling!!

I love this picture of the pearl button towards the bottom of the picture. Can you see the shank of the button? It's verdigris. It must be brass or copper and old. I didn't want to clean...there's a story with that button.

Here's a Tool Time from someone out there...either my mom, my grandmother or someone who they bought the buttons from. My mom and grandmother are both looking down on me, so I can't ask, but I'll give credit to both!

They used bobby (hair) pins to hold the buttons.

Slide buttons onto the hair pin...and twist the bottom closed.

I love it!

I hope you had fun in my button box...

Hmmm...I'm thinking earrings too.

Have a great Tuesday,


  1. I love buttons and this bracelet, so adorable!

  2. THANK you!! I LOVE this post! I have made button bracelets before and now I am sure to make at least one more!

  3. Nice bracelet and so easy to make. And, I have lots of buttons.

  4. Hi, Karen:
    What a marvelous idea. I love it!
    Can I post an intro with your blog

  5. Finally a good destination for my box full of buttons.

  6. I really like this! Very simple, yet makes a statement. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love this bracelet! Thank you!

  8. A cute project. Would make good gifts for sewing friends.

  9. So cute and very meaningful crafts - must pin this one down!

  10. That is a beautiful bracelet any one who sews would love. I'm going to show this to my daughter. The other day we went thrift shopping just so we could find a nice set of buttons and she ended up with about 30, she only needed 8. Now she can have a matching bracelet.

  11. This is definitely adorable. Something you'd pay 16.99 for at an accessory shop. If I knew about DIY jewelry in high school I would have been in big money trouble. :) Keep up the great tutorials!

    -Jess @ That's Sew Crafty

  12. Pretty bracelet.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  13. I bought one similar in different colors. But I use mine as a necklace, just clip the ends of the bracelet to a longer chain. The joined ends fit nicely under the collar of a blouse. I work at a quilt store so this keeps my arms free for cutting fabric, but I can still wear such fun jewelery. I always get comliments when I wear it.

  14. Love it love it..I have two huge bags of buttons! Heading to Walmart now lol!

  15. Fabulous and fun! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas with us!

  16. beautiful and it looks like you came to your tool time creativity naturally!

  17. That is darling! I could see a bunch at the end of a necklace too! Great job. I too love collecting buttons and always remove them from shirts or any article of clothing I'm nixing.

  18. I found this on Pinterest and I really appreciate the tutorial. I have just gotten into button crafts and am working on a bracelet now. I will be writing it up on Squidoo and including the link to this page.

  19. Love this! Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing! :)

  20. Oh, I've got to make one or three! I have Mom's old button box (actually a tin) and hundreds of other buttons in jars that I've collected over the years. Most button bracelets I've seen are crocheted, a skill I don't have, so this is perfect for me. Thanks so much!

  21. What a GREAT and fun idea!!
    My mother has jars of buttons all colors. I guess I need to go make a visit.

  22. Cute bracelet...wish you had modeled it for us...would have enjoyed seeing it on an arm!

  23. One of my daughters is crazy about bracelets - wears many at one time. I'm going to be sure to forward this to her - I think she'll love it. blessings, marlene

  24. I love this! It brings back so many memories of my mom's button box. We would go through the buttons on rainy days or sick days. I don't have many of the old buttons left, but there's enough to make a bracelet. Thanks so much for the instructions!

  25. U R very clever!! I like this alot.

  26. What a really cute and creative idea!

  27. I am definitely trying this. Too cute. I'm off to collect some buttons!

  28. I have always loved buttons!! Such a darling idea! I have my button box full of special ones for a bracelet.

  29. Que ideia adorĂ¡vel! Farei uma igual, com certeza!

  30. This is so cool. I think I might use this concept to make trim on a zoomba skirt. I've got lots of buttons and I'd just have to get some thin chain!

  31. i can't believe how beautiful it turns to be! and you only made it from buttons..wow.. cute as a button ha?
    i think i'll persuade my daughter to start collecting buttons. my granny did..but i don't. well, i think i'll make a start too.
    thanks for the idea. i'm enlighted!
    sweet regards from indonesia

  32. Just made two of these for my daughters, ages 9 and 11. They love them. Thanks so much for a cute, easy project. Now to pick up more bracelets to make some in other colors.

  33. I LOVE all the ideas you come up with on Tool Time Tuesday, it is my favorite post. Today's shoe holder is just perfect for so many things. I wonder how many others think now why didn't I think of that. Guess we are just not as smart as you are.

    Thanks so much for all your wonderful ideas.

  34. Great idea and I also liked the idea to hold buttons together in a bobby pin to keep them organized. Excellent post. Thanks for sharing


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