Thursday, September 04, 2008

A Handcrafted Christmas: Button Jewelry

Here is the first project in our Handcrafted Christmas series! I first saw the button jewelry idea here. And, kept it bookmarked for a someday project. This is a great tutorial complete with photos.

I did mine just a tad differently. I did start with plastic canvas - but instead of wiring the buttons on, I sewed them on with a needle and thread. I couldn't get the idea out of my head that the wire on the back (the cut ends) would be scratchy or ruin clothes

So, here are the projects I completed:

These two are pins - Christmas gifts! I sewed on the buttons and then took a small piece of lace and gathered it up - I just hot glued it to the back and then glued a pin to the back of that. Super easy.

Next, I made two necklaces - the one all the way at the top of this post and this one:

For these, I sewed the buttons on and then hot glued a small piece of felt to the back. What is the chain for this necklace? A piece of black ribbon (0.44 a roll) and here's a look at the clasp that I found a package of inexpensively at Wal-Mart:

I used a combination of buttons I already had on hand and two small packages of crafting buttons from Michael's.

Have fun crafting!!

18 comments:

Wendi said...

Cute and it looks super easy! I especially like the one with the red buttons.

Christi said...

Lovely! I have made button pins in the past, but I've never thought of making a necklace. I know a couple of people on my list those will be perfect for. Thanks!

Danielle said...

Can I make a Christmas gift for myself!?!?!? So neat! I have a ton of buttons but no plastic canvas:-(

Thanks for the idea...I love your background fabric!

Anonymous said...

Love these, especially the cameos. Thanks for sharing!
Kristyn

barbara said...

I made some of these many years ago and gave them as gifts - one in partical was to dh's Grandma. When she died, her daughter (my mil) gave it back to me - now I wear it with sweet memories of Mammaw and my children love to hear stories of their great-grandma.

Lisar said...

I love your button jewellery...what a great way of using some of the button stash and making pressies....stumbled across your blog via "a snip of goodness"..stay safe and blessings..Lisa

Amy said...

Those are so cute! I really like the necklaces! What a great idea!

I hope everything is good there- I am praying for your family. I am glad you guys didn't have to leave- I am thinking of you!

Love you!

SisterDG said...

I absolutely love what you made, and thanks so much for linking to my tutorial. I'm sure the people who receive these will adore them!

MyJourneyBack said...

Very cute. What a lovely idea.
I am glad the weather isn't as severe as expected.
Take care.
Thanks for sharing your ideas.
Blessings,
Sherry

Mrs. Muffet said...

I am going to really enjoy this series. Keep up the goos work!

~~Deby said...

As a collector of buttons this will be something that I make...oh this is just tooo cute...and I can see them clipped on a purses...or used somehow as a napkin wring...and...and...and...
love this idea.
~Deby

Tracey said...

I've tried to find you on google reader to follow you and it says

no feed available...

yours is the only one I'm getting this for...

do you know why?

patty w said...

Adorable!

Vintage Mommy said...

Very cute! I like the red buttons!

Chrisi said...

These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Hmmmmm........I wonder who I could make these for?
Glad to hear you didn't have to leave home.

Jill said...

Very pretty!!

I can't wait to see what else you are making!! You are starting to get me excited for the holidays!!

Danielle said...

I crafted my buttons tonight and blogged about it. Thanks again Monica!

Anonymous said...

Brenda said...i love theproject have so many buttons myself will have to try these ideas........