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Button Craft: Vintage Styled Earrings

November 7, 2010

Handmade Christmas tutorial in the house!


You could say I have a thing for buttons.  I can’t get enough of them, and I think that these little treasures make the world a better place.  Finding a button somewhere unexpected is such a day brightener, and I knew I wanted to take part in some fun button crafts for Handmade Christmas 2010

Today I’ll share the first button craft I put together for HC2010, Vintage Styled Earrings!  This craft is simple, inexpensive, and totally customizable for the person you have in mind.

8To start with, you need two matching eyeleted buttons.  These are the kind of buttons that typically don’t have wholes, and have a little post on the back where it would be threaded if it was used as a fastener.  There are lots of options available at craft stores, but be on the look out for old button collections for sale at yard sales, thrift stores, or uncovered in your grandparent’s basement.  I found several great button pairs in my collection.


Using a pair of cutters (the ones I used are from jewelry making, but you could use any sort of strong cutter) remove the post as close to the button back as possible.


You can find earring posts in just about any craft store in a few different sizes.  I got mine on sale at Joann’s for less than a dollar a pack.  Using hot glue, attach an earring to each of your earrings.


I held the earring in place for a few seconds as the hot glue dried, then added the backs. 


Simple, right?


I took my gift making up a notch by putting together sets of earrings in a style or color scheme that I knew my loved one would appreciate.  For example, here I used red, black, and white earrings for a Wisconsin Badger fan.


To add just a little extra kick to the gift, I cut a small rectangle of a coordinating scrapbook paper to punch the earrings through.  This card of earrings would go great in a stocking, or wrapped in a little gift box. [I’ll be sharing some homemade boxes and gift wrapping in the future]


Have you ever made jewelry for yourself or as a gift?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2010 12:03 pm

    Such a cool idea!! I’m all about funky and thoughtful!

  2. November 7, 2010 1:15 pm

    Ooh, I love this idea! This would be a great (and inexpensive!) gift to do for friends and family. Definitely something I’ll be keeping in mind…

  3. November 7, 2010 5:20 pm

    Oooh, I

  4. November 7, 2010 5:22 pm

    Oooh, I love it 🙂 . I’m going thrifting for some cute buttons now. This will be a fun gift for girlfriends. Can’t wait to see what’s next. I really want to make soaps or some kind of canned goods for relatives this year.

  5. November 7, 2010 5:38 pm

    Love this idea. So happy I stumbled across your blog because I have been looking for christmas ideas to fit within my budget. Thanks!

  6. November 7, 2010 6:05 pm

    I love making jewelry for gifts. It’s a great personalized addition!

  7. November 7, 2010 7:26 pm

    Heather, I was JUST given a box of old, random buttons by someone at work to use with my students for craft projects and I had no clue what to do with them… until now! Thank you SO much for posting this! 🙂

  8. November 7, 2010 7:42 pm

    I used to make jewelry for my friends in my teen years.

    This was really creative Heather 🙂

  9. November 7, 2010 8:07 pm

    Such a cute idea!! Love this!

  10. November 7, 2010 8:26 pm

    What a great idea! I have a jar full of buttons (I have a love affair with buttons also) so I think I might have to raid it and make a few pairs 🙂


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