My family has tons of extra buttons that my husband takes off old clothes that we are going to recycle into old rags. My daughters love to play with the buttons, and I like to use them to make crafts. They are an easy and fun way to be creative, your children will love to help and let their imaginations go wild. Here are just a few projects to give new life to old buttons by repurposing them.
1) Button And Ribbon Bookmark – Fast, no sew easy to make bookmark. This cute bookmark is perfect for all ages, they make great gifts, especially for back to school.
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon in your choice of color or print (½ inch or 1 inch wide works well)
Buttons (Any style and color that goes well with your ribbon, the flat buttons are easiest to work with)
Cut your ribbon about ten inches long, you want to allow enough room for the buttons to be on the outside of the book when you close it with bookmark inserted. Using your hot glue gun, glue one button to the each end of the ribbon. Allow it to dry and you are already done. It is that simple now you are ready to use it as a book mark for your favorite book.
2) Purse Embellished With Buttons – This is one of my favorite easy craft projects. Using recycled buttons you can give new life and style to an old purse or bag.
Hot Glue Gun
Purse or Bag
Assorted Buttons (Colors, Styles and sizes that complement your purse)
First you need to select on what kind of design you want to put on your purse or bag. As you can see in my photo I did a heart design on my daughters purse. On other items I have also tried a star, initials and a flower. You can even do a free flowing design, it does not have to be anything specific. I do suggest you trace your design on a piece of paper first, this will give you a chance to get an idea of what you want before you start gluing.
Once you have your design planned if you like you can cut it out and trace it onto your purse or bag. I did this with the heart because I wanted to keep it uniform on both sides. As you can see in the photo I took of the finished purse I used different shades of blue and silver on the heart design. The buttons also varied in size I use about 35 for this craft project. The number of buttons you need depends on your purse size and design.
After you have your design traced you are ready to start gluing your button. First you glue a base layer of buttons to form your design, I used similar colors and sizes for this level. After they are dry you are ready to start adding more. Be sure to allow time for your buttons to dry before you go on to each new layer. I made three staggering layers in all, it makes a nice 3 dimensional design. There is no right or wrong size for your design it is all what you think looks good.
3) Button Barrette – With this craft you can repurpose your old buttons to dress up a plain inexpensive barrette.-
Hot Glue Gun
Plain Barrettes (I used faux leather clip barrettes with a flat surface for gluing the buttons on)
Buttons (Again your choice of size and color)
This recycled button craft is so simple but fun. You start by using your glue gun to do your first layer of buttons onto your barrette. I used my largest buttons first to make a sturdy base for the next layers. Allow ample time for the buttons to dry then start adding your next layer. In my photo you will see I did three layers of my recycled buttons. I used a palette of pink and purple in all shades and sizes. My tween daughter helped me pick the colors and loves the barrette. This is such an easy way to dress up inexpensive barrettes for your children using repurposed buttons. You will save a lot of money on expensive hair barrettes, and they will end up with a one of a kind barrette.