Make It: Repurposed DIY Button Thumbtacks!

created at: 08/21/2012

Buttons. I have a small drawer full of them, because “you never know when you might need them — that cardigan could lose a button one day”. Sound familiar? Some of them are even for clothing items I no longer own! That’s just crazy. I figure it’s time to do something with these little shiny baubles and this simple DIY project is just the thing!    

Like those costume jewelry magnets we featured a while ago (which, come to think of it, would make great thumbtacks, too), these DIY push-pins are a cinch to make. Continue Reading

How To: Make DIY Twig Buttons!

created at: 01/05/2012

Okay, before you think “What could I possibly do with a bunch of twig buttons?!”, I have an answer (or five).  Ahem.  They are: embellish pillows! Embellish gifts and gift tags! Use them on these felt gadget cases! Use them for knitting projects! Turn them into cute magnets!  See?  There are SO many ways to use them.  All jazzed up to make some twig buttons now?  Here’s how.    

Katie Startzman (yes, the same Katie that brought those beautiful DIY leather journals), created these twig buttons from a birch branch she’d cut down over the summer.   Continue Reading

Roundup: 5 Button Christmas Ornament Projects

Buttons. So sweet and colorful, they’re just aching to be turned into Christmas ornaments. The one pictured above is from Leslie Ashe. There isn’t a tutorial, but it looks like the maker used a styrofoam ball and white ball head stick pins. I particularly like the layering of the buttons. 

These next ones are perfect for a table top tree.    

See:

This snowflake ornament is made with using a wire coat hanger.

This button wreath is a Martha creation:

 And, finally, Penelope was inspired by Martha’s wreath to make this little button tree. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Vintage-y Button Pillow

created at: 10/26/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

This summer, while my boo and I were exploring one of our state’s many charming and historic little towns, we happened to stop in at an antique and consignment shop. My ‘pass’ radar went up fairly quickly, but I did the cursory scan just to be polite. I was just about to turn tail and head out the door when my very observant boo said, “Look at this.” He pointed to something I hadn’t seen before and can only describe as a sack-like, vintage-y button pillow. Continue Reading

Button Monogram Art

This button monogram was initially made for a child’s room, but I’m thinking one would look superb in my craft room. The supplies are minimal and include the following:

  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Card stock
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Adhesive
  • Paper Piercer
  • Buttons and Brads 
  • Frame without glass or shadowbox

The BEST part of this project? I bet most of us have all the supplies on hand. For the entire how-to, visit American Crafts.

Via Spearmint Baby.

Ban Your Beige Sofa Blues with Playful Tufting!

created at: 05/23/2011

Is your beige sofa getting you down?  Consider giving it a playful (and colorful) facelift!  

created at: 05/23/2011

Lori Dunbar, a stationery designer and blogger, had had enough of the beige blahs and decided her sofa needed a bit of a makeover.  Armed with a button kit and some colorful vintage fabric, she set to work giving her run-of-the-mill sofa a few playful additions.  I think it’s safe to say that the after is anything but boring!

Check out Lori’s blog Paisley Wallpaper for more about this project as well as step-by-step instructions for creating your own custom buttons! Continue Reading

Make a Spring Button Bouquet

This sweet button bouquet tutorial comes just in time for Mother’s Day. The original maker used die-cut felt flowers, but, as DSC says, you could easily cut your own to save on cost. Stuff you’ll need to make a bunch include:

  • felt, about 25 cents per sheet at your local craft store
  • buttons, which you probably have in your button stash
  • bamboo skewers, about a buck at the dollar store
  • ribbon, which you might have on hand, but there’s plenty at the craft store
  • thread, also on hand
  • vase, tea cup, drinking glass, etc.
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How to Make a 2-Toned Button Window Shade

With the right buttons and fabric, this window shade could work in just about ANY style of room. And, dare I say, it’s as cute as a button? (My bad.) Anyway, if you’d like to crank one out, here’s a list of materials you’ll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • 2 contrasting fabrics, for front and back of shade
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Twill tape
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Seam ripper
  • 6 buttons
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Tension rod to fit inside window

For the sewing instructions, head on over to this page at Women’s Day. Continue Reading