Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Project Wednesday: Button Pins and Earrings

I'm totally on a button kick lately. So are my kids! I have a big glass bowl full of buttons that they love to dig through for their favorites. This usually results in buttons slowly disappearing from the big glass jar at a rate faster than I use them. I've collected them from here and there. Some are fancy shapes {the kids like those the best}. And some are just regular old buttons. I think I like those the best, myself.  I also have a secret stash of buttons that no one else knows about.  Wait, now you know about them...

Okay, onto a little button-esque project!

Today's project is... Button Pins and Earrings

This is a fun project for you and/or your kids. I'd probably recommend you do the hot glueing for them. Unless you like crying, which I don't particularly.  Also, I hope you'll use some common sense and realize that buttons are a choking hazard and you shouldn't be pinning or earring-ing these projects on anyone smaller than 3 years old or who enjoys choking on buttons.

The supplies for these projects I collected from various sources.  Buttons from the ginormous jar 'o buttons, or perhaps the secret stash... shhhhh...  The pin backs I picked up at a craft store.  The earring backs you could also pick up at a craft store.  I happened to get mine from Fire Mountain Gems.  Only go to their site if you like drooling and have several hours to spend doing so.  Consider yourself warned.

My favorite part of this project?  Just sitting there, staring at all the buttons until inspiration strikes.  Then spending an hour coming up with every possible combination.  Who knew buttons could be so fun? 

And why be limited by a flower shape?  Make a big button mash-up-free-form shape. 

Why be limited to a pin or earrings?  Try headbands, hair clips, bobby pins, nose rings, et cetera.

Here are the full instructions.  If you have trouble reading it, just click on the image below to open it full size.

Have fun!  If you come up with any fun button jewelry projects of your own, feel free to post a link in the comments section below.

Time to get crafty, people!

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Barracudasue said...

VERY cool, Jan! I love your creativity! :)

Chris Wooten said...

Very cute.


Wendy said...

I was looking for something for my daughter to do this friday and you have helped me find it. These pins are so so cute. I love the colors you used.

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