Buttons tend to accumulate over the years and because we always think we’re going to use them one day, we store them in big jars or boxes. Years pass and we only have more buttons. At one point you’re going to have to repurpose them, so the sooner you conquer that, the better! Check out these super creative ways to make DIY button jewelry and give your buttons a whole new life!
1. Vintage Button Bracelet
Vintage jewelry pieces are some of the most beautiful ones you can possibly wear. They are timeless and elegant, perfect for every occasion and often passed down through generations. Create a piece just like that by repurposing vintage buttons to make a bracelet, following the tutorial at Hope Studios.
2. Layered Button Necklace
Put a smaller button on top of a bigger one to create a beautiful layered button necklace that matches in color and shape. It’s a very cute and casual piece, one that will be wonderful to pair with a flowing summer dress or an everyday outfit! Get the tutorial at One Artsy Mama!
3. Wire Button Necklaces
A wire can be very helpful when you’re turning buttons into jewelry. It’s easy to work with, you can shape it however you want and not only does it wrap around the button nicely and turns it into a pendant, it also has decorative benefits! Check in with Craftbits for the details.
4. Blue Button Ribbon Bracelet
If you have a bigger number of buttons that all look the same, Smitten Kitten has the perfect project! Bind them together into a bracelet and use a ribbon to give them an extra special look. If you want a lovely and unique accessory, this is the one!
5. Elegant Old-Fashioned Button Necklace
Button jewelry doesn’t have to look cheap or unimpressive. Dig deep into your jar of buttons to find one that has an elegant and old-fashioned look. Small Good Things will show you how that little button can make a fantastic pendant for your DIY necklace!
6. Neutral Button Bracelet
If you are going to be using up a larger number of buttons to make your jewelry pieces, you want to make sure they fit together. Try to stick to a consistent color palette, for example choose buttons that fit a more neutral scheme, like Micha Muses did with this gorgeous button bracelet.
7. Vintage Button Necklace
When you bind together vintage buttons of all shapes and sizes, you get the most magnificent vintage button necklace on the planet! It’s going to be the most fascinating piece you’ve ever made and Chocolate & Craft will help you with it!
8. Metallic Button Rings
Do you like metallic jewelry? We’re big fans of all things metallic over here! Rachel Teodoro shares a how-to for a big metallic ring that has the significant silvery color that can be both elegant and casual at the same time. Finally a purpose for that big button that fell off your coat years ago!
9. Simplistic Button Bracelets
Some buttons are very flashy and noticeable, resulting in fancy eye-catching accessories, but you can make simplistic button pieces just as well. Find tiny wooden buttons and turn them into simple bracelets, following the instructions at All Things Target.
10. Blouse Button Ring
If you have a big rosy button that used to belong to a blouse, you should definitely give it a new life as a charming rosy ring! The tutorial by A Smith of All Trades is one of our favorites because it only calls for a ring and a wire, no additional materials!
11. Vintage Button Rings
Everyone should have some vintage rings in their accessory collection. They are timeless and irresistible pieces! If you don’t have any yet, find some old buttons from vintage clothes and make them yourself! You Want Me to Buy What will show you how.
12. Luxury Button Bracelet
Can a DIY bracelet have a luxurious appearance and look like it cost thousands of dollars? Oh Dear Angie proves that it can! This bracelet is made of old buttons but it’s incredibly glamorous and will be your companion to all of the posh and fancy events!