Upcycling with old buttons

upcycling with old buttonsI’m a little in love with these wonderful treasures and they often feature in my upcycled crafts. My obsession started as a brownie when I choose them as the subject of my collectors badge. My lovely Great auntie Gladys let me raid her button tin and there were some fabulous gems to be found, I was hooked.

The most popular recent make was my button necklaces and I used to do rather well with them before I decided to focus on my collages. If you fancy having a go I have added a How To Make Button Necklaces here.

button necklace how to

The button bracelet project is also nice if you fancy something simpler…

button bracelet how to

This button candle plate project also makes for an interesting centrepiece and is a nice versatile project. We kept it simple here but blocked buttons in colour or size could create some fabulous designs.

One of the loveliest creations, using buttons, I have come across lately are these wonderful brooches from the talented Amanda Jayne Handmade. Titled rather aptly ‘Jar Of Joy’ it is hand stitched using up-cycled vintage linens, mother of pearl buttons and vintage linen button thread.

button brooch

Paperise also have some pretty brooches & corsages made from upcycled fabric with a button centre.

button and fabric brooch

I have rather a glut of old leather and plastic faux leather style button from a button tin my Nana gave me. I have to admit I got rather excited when she gave it me it was a huge tin and absolutely packed with old buttons she’d rescued from old clothes over many years.

These cufflinks from Our Handmade Collective are fabulous and a great use of this style. Vintage leather buttons become cufflinks in their Autumn Winter collection. Exclusively available from Our Handmade Collective in Leeds.

Vintage leather buttons become cufflinks

Elaborate designs regularly use old buttons in their makes. Whether it’s buttons for eyes on their fabric collections or as innovative hangers in their wall art.

button wall art

& lastly we love these little packets of buttons from Little Conkers  These fabulous little envelopes made from old magazines hold the vintage buttons and notions in their Surprise Craft Coffers.

vintage buttons

Do you use buttons in your crafts in a creative or unusual way? We’d love to see your makes!

About Kirstie Adamson

Kirstie Adamson is a magazine & junkmail collage artist. Co-Founder of EcoCreate art & craft network and a passionate revamp crafter!

http://www.kirstieadamson.co.uk

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