Tuesday, June 28, 2011

From the Button Jar


I am a complete sucker for a button jar. Anytime I see one at a yard sale or junk store I just have to have it. I do not sew a lot of clothing so basically I just keep adding these button jars to a never ending collection that I have sitting on my shelf.

For those of you who have purchased a poppy or peacock pin set from me, you will know that I always glue some buttons to my paper backers. People often ask me at shows, "what are the buttons for?" I tell them of my button jar obsession and the fact that I really have no other idea of what to do with all of them.

Since I have so many buttons, I decided to try to make some crafts using them. So periodically you will see a "From the button jar" post pop up in the near future as I explore some uses for these wonderful little treasures.

My first idea was to make a button ring. Not to long ago I purchased ring blanks on a whim. Needless to say they have sat next to the button jar for months until finally it hit me that I should make a button ring. Button rings are very easy to make and turn out super cute!

Materials
Ring Blank (you can do a search on Etsy to find them, they come in all different styles)
E-6000 Glue
Needle and thread (optional)
1-3 buttons (depending on button style and personal taste)

  1. Double thread the needle by pulling the thread through the eye and doubling it up. Pull the needle through the holes of the buttons leaving enough tale so you can tie the buttons together on the back side using the thread. Do this several times forming a criss cross pattern on the front of the buttons and knotting off the back to make sure they are securely attached.


    Note: This step is optional. I like the look of the criss cross thread on the buttons, however you can just glue the buttons together if you prefer.

  2. Place a dab of the E-6000 glue on the ring blank's glue pad and attach it to the back of the buttons. Let it dry over night. Make sure that you put enough glue on the pad so that when placed on the back of the buttons there is a bead of glue all the way around the edge.