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Published on March 24th, 2009 | by Julie Finn


Get Your Vintage Button On! Five (More) Crafty Button Projects

Button BroochIf there was such a thing as a crafty recycling Must List (What? No such thing as a crafty recycling Must List? I’m totally going to write one), vintage buttons would be at the top of that list (…and I’m going to put vintage buttons at the top when I write my list).

Not only has the entire CraftyStylish blog declared March as button month in celebration of West Coast Crafty’s new book, Button it Up, but we here at Crafting a Green World are known to love our buttons, too–check out these vintage button monogram pillows, or the felted wool weekend projects that include button-topped flowers. Flowers!

So if you finish all those up and you’re STILL craving yourself some button crafting, check out five more crafty little projects that will let you get your button on:

1. Again from CraftyStylish, this woven button coaster is just the prettiest thing. My favorite part is that the creation of it allows us crafty losers who don’t knit, crochet, or embroider to still do some needle-and-thread handwork on that long car trip.

2. If you don’t own any vintage buttons, just make yourself some! I tried (with limited success–next time, I’ll use a bigger circle punch) shrinking buttons from #6 plastic, but I like much better the polymer clay buttons from A Little Hut.

3. This isn’t a tutorial, but I find Perpetualplum’s weblog, in which she often writes of the inspiration behind and the techniques in creating her amazing recycled-components jewelry, such as these button bracelets, to be so helpful in starting my own little crafty sparks burning sometimes.

4. It takes a genius to make simple, beautiful things even more beautiful while keeping them just as simple–Bella Dia shows us how to make button clips out of a button and a paper clip. Yep, it’s just as simple as you imagine.

5. Cathie Filian makes button mosaics to decorate vases and picture frames. My favorite activity–gluing stuff to other stuff. Preferably with really strong glue.

What do you do with your buttons?

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

6 Responses to Get Your Vintage Button On! Five (More) Crafty Button Projects

  1. Julie, it is like you wrote a post just for me. I am a vintage button addict!

  2. Here’s a link to some shots of an art doll I made using vintage laces and buttons. I call her the White Maiden.

  3. Thanks for the shout out! Love your blog!!

  4. Julie Finn says:

    I am about to sell my soul on ebay for some awesome vintage buttons.

    Are you bidding against me?

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