Many people own lots and lots of buttons. Whether you’ve collected them over the years, cutting them off of old clothing and saving them for other clothes, or your grandma left them to you in her will, there are many different things you can do with buttons. The thing about collecting buttons is that you end up with a huge assortment of mismatched buttons. That’s perfect; it’s exactly what you need to make a unique button cube that can be used as a candle stand or can stand alone.
A button cube is easy to make but is somewhat time-consuming to create. To begin, you’ll need a cube. The cube can be a small, cardboard box or a Styrofoam cube purchased from a craft store. If you use a cardboard box it needs to be one with no lid or one with a lid that’s attached to the box. The attached lid should be one that just folds over and tucks into the box itself.
Even after adding all the buttons to the cube you might be able to see the white of the Styrofoam shining through the holes of the buttons, or even the surrounding area. For this reason you might want to consider painting the Styrofoam first. If you do, make sure you use paints that are suitable for Styrofoam. Tempera paints are a good choice. If you’re using a Styrofoam cube you have more than one option for attaching the buttons. Use hot glue or even decorative pins. Make sure the pinheads are large than the button holes or they won’t stay on. Hot glue is really quick but place the glue away from the holes or it can ooze out and leave the finished cube looking less than perfect.
With a cardboard box cube you’ll need to use hot glue to attach the buttons. Begin adding the buttons to the Styrofoam or box cube by starting at one corner. Align the buttons all in rows, if you want, but you’ll likely be unable to keep the alignment since the buttons are probably all different sizes. Another method is to simply start gluing on buttons, butting them together, until you’ve covered the entire cube. Of course, there will be small areas of the cube that will show from between and around the buttons.
Even though you’ll be combining various buttons to accomplish the cube design try to keep them all about the same thickness. If you use several flat buttons, then a couple of shank buttons, the cube will not sit properly. Using all flat buttons – two hole or four – will give you a better finished cube. Set the cube alone somewhere, as a décor piece, or set a candle on it. Use it to hold a small picture frame, tiny statuette or a chosen nick-knack. It’s an unusual but adorable way to use up some of those old buttons Grandma left you!