How to Make Button Cluster Pins

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FriendyWendy Wendy Sloneker, contributor
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The humble button can pack a perky punch.
Scavenge from old clothes, take your pick from the aisles at the sewing
shop, or make your own!
A variety of buttons! Consider taking molds of
the coolest ones and remaking them with other mediums, such as polymer
clay or air-dry clays. The mask button is a definite contender for mold
making!
Secure the buttons together—how about tying that knot in the front? Spend
another 10 minutes to put a few seed beads on each of the ends, tie
knots in the ends, add a pin back, and you are ready to go!
The humble button can pack a perky punch.
Scavenge from old clothes, take your pick from the aisles at the sewing
shop, or make your own!

The humble button can pack a perky punch. Scavenge from old clothes, take your pick from the aisles at the sewing shop, or make your own!

Photo: Wendy Sloneker

Simple. Accessible. Fashionable. Functional. I give you, the button. They're readily available or you can make your own from polymer clay scraps, corrugated and sealed cardboard, shrink plastic, or anything else you may have on hand. There are as many uses for buttons as there are means for making them.

Materials:

  • Your favorite buttons! Scavenged, bought, or made—remove any shanks with wire cutters. Snag a variety of sizes.
  • Glue gun or E-6000 adhesive
  • Pin backs (you could also use barrette blanks or magnets)
  • Optional: scrap ribbon, beads, glitter (yay!), needle and embroidery floss

Button Cluster doin' up denim



The humble button can pack a perky punch. Scavenge from old clothes, take your pick from the aisles at the sewing shop, or make your own!
Don't forget your supercool rock & roll buttons! They are always in style on denim.

The Quickest!
Glue gun. Hands down. Plug 'er in, and glue clusters and stacks of buttons together in a safe yet joyful frenzy. Camouflage runaway glue blobs with glitter or push a bead into it before it hardens.

Tie a bow with some scrap ribbon and add that, too! The pin back goes on last. Attach the cluster to anything. Elapsed time: 12 minutes.

Little More Time, Lot More Design
Consider sewing a few stacks of buttons together with fiber or floss before gluing to a base or pin back. Place a bead at the top of the stack before sending the needle back through one of the other buttons to secure them. Tie a knot, and glue the stack to another one. Vary the heights and textures at will or at whim.

Variety is the spice, no?



A variety of buttons! Consider taking molds of the coolest ones and remaking them with other mediums, such as polymer clay or air-dry clays. The mask button is a definite contender for mold making!

 

Let the threads show!



Secure the buttons together—how about tying that knot in the front? Spend another 10 minutes to put a few seed beads on each of the ends, tie knots in the ends, add a pin back, and you're ready to go!

Want to gather two or three different fibers, thread them, and stack some buttons together? Or see how it looks to tie the knot on the front end and let the loose ends and fibers dangle in front? Maybe with some seed beads on each of the strands? Sounds good to me!

Recycled buttons



Quick and cute, to boot! By itself, the big ol' blue plastic button was awful, but as a base, it got used to showcase these happy snappy flower buttons! Wahoo! Like new!

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Comments (3)

Toffy writes: Cute ideas here...Love the flower button pin. Quite cute.
Posted: 10:43 am on March 15th
pinsandneedles writes: That is cute!
Posted: 8:39 pm on November 2nd
Bonniedoo writes: What a cute idea--the mind boggles...where can we go with this??????
Posted: 12:42 pm on November 2nd
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