Cuff links have often been thought of as accessories of the pretentious, but French cuff shirts have comeback with a vengeance and more men are in need of cuff links to polish their look and keep their cuffs from opening.
The simplest way to make professional-looking cuff links at home only requires three things: cuff link backings, decorative faces, such as buttons or small accessories, and super glue. Glue the faces to the backings and let dry.
Unfortunately, a pair of sterling silver cuff link backs at a craft store will cost around $25. A more economical option that works especially well for a last minute fix, the alternative detailed below can look just as sleek as cuff links available in department stores and costs a fraction of the price.
You will need:
• thin wire-beading wire works particularly well because of its pliancy-or a paperclip
• fabric scraps-preferably of a complementary color
• two decorative buttons or a small accessory with holes
• wire cutters
• fabric glue
Gather all your materials in a prepared workspace. Thread the button, or small accessory, with a piece of wire about 4 inches in length and twist the wire to secure. Cut four rectangles of fabric from your scraps, measuring their length by the length of your wire, and glue one piece of fabric to each wire end. Let the glue dry before proceeding.
Use your scissors to trim the width of the fabric and clip the wire to approximately one inch on both sides; if you are using a paperclip or wire from a hardware store, use wire clippers instead of scissors. Taking the dress shirt that will be worn, push the wire ends through the button holes on the cuffs and bend back the wire legs so that they are straight-even though they are covered in cloth, if the wire ends do not lay flat, then they may poke the wearer. Finally, make sure that the decorative button is on the outside of the cuff and the wire legs are on the inside.
This style is easily customizable. Coordinate the fabric scraps covering the wires to match the wearer’s tie or a partner’s outfit. For a casual look, bring together a plain fabric and simple white buttons, and to elevate the accessory for formal events utilize ornamental buttons and rich fabric pieces.
Choose a theme, purchase supplies and get started creating your own personalized cuff links!
Sarah McColl, “How to Make Your Own Cuff Links”. Pink of Perfection.