A white, button-down shirt is just that. To make each one look a little different some makers add lace around the collar, a fancier cuff, or something as simple as a different type of button. Still, the white button-down is just a white shirt. Of course, if you had one white shirt, and many different kinds of buttons, that shirt would look like a different one each time. No one wants to remove the buttons from their shirts, then add new ones each time they wear it, but you don’t have to. There’s a quick and easy way to make the existing buttons look totally different each and every time you wear it!
Garment tape makes it so easy to give your buttons a quick make-over any time you want. If you’ve never used the tape it’s an ingenious double-sided deal that helps hold clothing in place. Use it to keep bra straps from showing or just to hold a gap closed between buttons. It’s fabulous! Get a roll of the garment tape and you’ll have as many different buttons as you can stand!
There are literally hundreds of things that can be used to cover the old buttons. One quick way to make a plain shirt look elegant is to use fake jewels. Purchase the jewels in any size or shape you want as long as they will completely cover the existing buttons. After putting on the shirt simply use the garment tape to secure a jewel to each button.
Silk flowers are another option for making unique buttons. Choose small, somewhat flat flowers, like daisies or sunflowers, from a craft store. Use the tape to secure these to the buttons after putting on the shirt.
Make something completely different by using fabric-covered, cardboard disks. Use craft foam to make still more designs. The foam comes in a huge number of shapes or you can cut your own shapes. Still another option is to use small pom-poms as buttons.
Other things you can use to cover the old buttons include new buttons, paper shapes, foil shapes, fake coins, real coins, and even old clip-on earrings (remove the clip). Even though the new button designs are taped on, you can easily remove them to undress, then dress again and stick the buttons back on. It makes for a really cute, cheap and easy way to make one shirt look like many!