4.26.2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Button Bracelets



My girlfriend came over to refill my estrogen reserves last week, and brought with her a fantastic craft for us to do together while chatting, laughing, gossiping and catching up after her long vacation. One third of the way through summer vacation with three boys, she knew just what I needed. She brought over a bunch of stuff for us to sit down and make our own button bracelets. So fun! The greatest part was that each of our bracelets turned out differently!

Do you want to join us? Let's make some funky Button Bracelets!

Materials:

Buttons in various sizes (test to be sure your cord will fit into the holes)
Round leather or coated cotton cord (1 mm in diameter)


Instructions:

Arrange your buttons ahead of time to lay out your pattern



Begin with a length of cord about 18 inches long (you will adjust this to fit at the end, but cutting it too short will result in frustration and some swearing...trust me, I know). The more knots you intend to make the longer the cord.

Fold your cord in half and tie a knot in the looped end, like this:



Now, begin threading the cord through your button holes.

Criss-cross your cord for the 4 hole buttons like this:


The same is possible for the two holed buttons. Bring a cord up through each hole then back down the next hole like this:



You might also want to thread your button onto one piece of cord then knot, like this:


To finish off your bracelet, just pull the cord through the last button and tie in a square knot. See?



You can pull the last button through the loop at the other end to attach to your wrist.

Now, go crazy! Try to be random and mix it up, stack some, knot some, criss-cross some, there is no right or wrong way to do this! Get creative, girl!

You might end up with something like this:



Or simple shell and wood buttons look like this:



Or you could go nuts and work in some beads like this:



Now, gather some buttons, call up some girl friends, set the kids into the back yard to play, and have some fun!





PS (JoAnn's has some bags of fantastic HUGE buttons with HUGE holes for the little ones to get in on the act. It will be a HUGE relief to use these buttons for them.  A bloggy friend suggested dipping lengths of yarn in clear nail polish and twisting. Once dry, they will thread easily for the kiddos.)

84 comments :

  1. thanks for the great idea! I love your blog and will follow. have a great day!!

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  2. How cute! I love them. Especially the second one.

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  3. Soooooooooooo cute! I must make one soon! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. This is a very cute project! I just love buttons! I will certainly be making one at some point.

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  5. Oh I love this variation, very cool, Im gonna try it!

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  6. what a brilliant project! thank you ... and thank you to your most excellent girl friend!!

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  7. That sounds like a lot of fun, making bracelets while hanging out with your friend.

    From a SITSta

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  8. I posted about your tutorial on my blog giving you complete credit and a link back to your blog. This is a terrific idea and I look forward to making my own Button Bracelet. :)

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  9. What a great idea! I have a jar of buttons from my grandmother and this would be so cool...could make them for the other women in my fam for stocking stuffers. awesome idea! will be following! found you via SITS

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  10. That's a really cool idea. My mom's b-day is this weekend and that would be a fun thing to do!

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  11. What a great project! I have several tins of buttons to choose from, so I know I am going to make lots of these. The bracelets look very classy. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  12. Miss!!!! I forgot about this little project!!! Thanks for the reminder......gotta make me one!!

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  13. Very cute. I sent the post link to several of my friends who I thought might be interested. Happy to help spread the word.

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  14. I made this as soon as I saw it and it turned out pretty well! Thanks for the great idea!

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  15. Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

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  16. My 12 year old daughter loves to make jewelry and she just said "You've GOT to print that out", she loves it! Thank you for tutorial, we appreciate your generosity!

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  17. Did you use stretchy cord? These are great!

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  18. Am working on stocking stuffers for all the women in my life. I lvoe how I can give something similar to them all yet personalize it so it means something. Thanks for the great idea!!

    Amanda

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  19. Found this through Pinterest. Great tutorial! Re-pinned it!:)

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  20. Great tutorial, I love your button bracelets and saw the shell one on Pinterest,

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  21. Found this on Pinterest...LOVE Pinterest and LOVE this project!

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  22. I think I will try this and then have my students make them for Mother's Day gifts! :D

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  23. Found you on Pinterest...and loved this bracelet with the shell and wood buttons...decided i have to make some button bracelets!! So I asked my friends if any of them had extra buttons they wanted to get rid of and wow now i have a HUGE jar of buttons and a HUGE bag of buttons and can't wait to get started....plan on getting the cord today!! Thank you!!

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  24. Great idea...I am also going to try making it longer for a belt!

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    1. A belt would be awesome! I'm going to look for giant buttons and do the same! Thanks for the great idea!

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  25. I am working on a very cool denim purse made from an old skirt and it has lifesaver patches and now to match the quirkiness I will do a triple strand button strap! I can connect them about every 4th button and it will be easily adjustable. Thanks for the awesome idea! I know its a step further but it will be ingenious for the purse to be....very cute idea!

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  26. I am making a denim purse from an old skirt with a lifesaver patch sewn on the waist. I will use you idea one step further for a shoulder strap. I will use lifesaver colors and bead combos but triple strand it. Instead or single strings I will macrame knots and beads on top of the bottoms and maybe some other little stones. It will be easily adjustable and tied together every 4th or 5 the button. Thanks for the great base idea as I was stuck and this will save the day. I lik to make things out of peoples old sentimental reuseable ya know stuff they can't part with. I havmade quilts out or tshirts, guitar hanging deck art, crystal hangings for windows etc. Thank you thank you'll

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  27. I loved your idea and wanted to share it on my own blog. I hope you don't mind. I did credit your blog and provide a link for my readers. Thanks for sharing your great idea for using old buttons!

    http://buttermilkhill.com/blog/three-great-blog-posts-on-button-crafts/

    Stephanie from Buttermilk Hill

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  28. Thank you so much for this great tutorial You are amazing to share this. I love it!!!!!

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  29. We made these as a make and take at a camp scrap event at my church - so cute and easy!

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  30. Just made a wooden button version! Love the instructions, very easy to follow.

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  31. Love this idea which I saw on Pinterest. My mother passed away several years ago and believe it or not I still have some of the buttons she sewed with as well as some of her blouses. Couldn't bear parting with them but didn't know what I could do to preserve some of my memories of her. Think this is it !! Can take some of her buttons from blouses and her sewing projects and make braclets using them. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. I view it a good way to preserve something of passed relatives, and buttons is a very practical way. Hope you can feel better with the buttons of mom with you.

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  32. Now I know what to do with all those buttons that have accumulated in the bathroom drawer! I am not crafty at all but I think even I can do this.

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  33. I saw your photo in pinterest and it interests me. Now, I have something to do with my unused buttons. Thank you.

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  34. Obrigado por compartilhar! Uma excelente idéia. Abraço

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  35. thanks for the great idea! my 6 yr old and I just made some bracelets using hemp...really easy for her to thread and knot :)

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  36. Im fixing to try it out... im super pumped!!!!

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  37. that is soo cool!!! great idea!

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  38. brava!!!!!!!e complimenti per l'eccellente spiegazione .....se fossero tutte come te!!!!!!!!!!grazie

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  39. A MILLION thank you's for sharing this AWESOME idea!! It was a HUGE hit for my daughter's 8th birthday party today. 2 days prior, I was feeling overwhelmed with the glitter craft I had planned... envisioning glitter EVERYWHERE & frantically looking for a frugal replacement & THAT's when I found you!!! I had NEVER thought of this!!! The kids had a great time... as did I!! Thank YOU, again!!!

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  40. Rad, n so simple! Who woulda thought? Thanks!¡

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  41. Made these years and years ago. Then made them with a bunch of 3rd graders. They loved them and did a great job making them. So much fun. I still have mine.

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  42. Uht Oh, found a use for my Grandmother's box of button's...this is crack!

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  43. How do we judge what size cord to get? How does one measure a button hole?

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    1. You are probably going to have to take the button over to the cord area or vice versa to try out what would fit if you can't reliably eye ball it.

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  72. ��I glued tea cup n saucer n then on pole n like to hang trinkets from handle will use fishing line ~ luv buttons thanx for sharing

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  73. Found this on Pinterest. Love it! Thanks for sharing. peace

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  74. I made myself a button bracelet using old buttons and fine leather thonging. Loved the result, as did my friends. I've just made several for gifts. Thanks for the terrific, simple and unique idea.

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  75. Thanks for the great idea! I love anything to do with buttons! And this is a ve3ry unique way to use them!

    Thanks Again!
    P.S, I love your blog!

    angela

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