HOW TO MAKE BUTTON BRACELETS
Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – button bracelets
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but costume jewellery is a winner when you spend a lot of time around young children.
My little granddaughters are always wanting to try on whatever bit of bling I’m wearing – whether it’s a priceless heirloom (I don’t actually have any of those, but I do have some sentimental pieces) or a bracelet made of plastic beads.
When I was a newer grandmother I obediently handed over a bangle to my then one-year-old Goddess which was immediately dropped through the spaces in our deck flooring.
There’s no way to get under that deck so that bracelet will only see daylight again when the house is pulled down and the deck ripped up.
Thankfully it wasn’t a precious bangle.
LEARNING FROM THE GODDESS
Shortly after this, that same little Goddess grabbed (one too many times) a beaded bracelet I was wearing while at the vets on an emergency and it broke, spewing beads everywhere.
Though there was slight embarrassment as we struggled to grab the beads while holding onto a restless Goddess and terrified dog, the damage was minimal as the beads could be restrung.
These experiences served to teach me an important lesson about what to wear with grand-kids.
I love these button bracelets. I am always a fan of finding different uses for ordinary things. Check out some other ideas for transforming ordinary things into extraordinary things in my post Trash to Treasure.
Most crafters probably have a stash of buttons somewhere – it’s the sort of thing we cannot throw out as the crafting potential is enormous.
However, if you don’t have any they are reasonably cheap to buy or you can re-purpose some from old clothing.
These button bracelets are really easy to make.
The first one requires quite a lot of buttons – mine has 62 halves.
The hardest part is cutting them neatly.
LET’S GET STARTED
BUTTON BRACELET STYLE 1
- Buttons – you will need at least 60 to allow for breakages and it’s good if they are complimentary colours, but alternate white and black ones would look good too. Have fun experimenting. My buttons had four holes, which makes it easy to centre your cut, but you often end up destroying one set of holes while cutting it so make sure you have double a number of halves you’ll need. The leftover pieces can be glued onto artworks for an extra detail.
- Pliers – I used two pairs.
- Cutting board – protect your surface
- Use the pliers to hold the button and carefully make a cut mark (about half way through the button) with the hacksaw in between the holes so that there are two holes on each side of the cut if your button has four holes. NOTE: Read tip above in ‘supplies’ re-cutting the buttons.
- Once you have the cut mark you can use the pliers to hold the button on each side and pull down so the button will break. NB: If you don’t make the cut mark first you will end up with jagged edges and tiny bits of plastic everywhere!
- Cut a length of elastic and string the buttons onto it.
- When you have used all your buttons – be sure and measure the size on your wrist as you go – tie off the elastic.
- Cut another length of elastic and string that through the second hole of all the buttons – double protection from tiny fingers pulling on it!
BUTTON BRACELET STYLE 2
This one is so easy the grand-kids can help – or even make their own!
- Flat buttons – the number will depend on wrist size. Measure as you go!
- Decorative beads and smaller buttons.
- Thin gauge wire.
Simply string the wire up through a button hole, add a bead, string wire down through next hole and continue – making sure to keep the buttons flat as you go.
If you are doing this with the kids, try using alphabet beads with their name or initials as the decorative feature on top of the buttons.
Check out Saved by Love Creations for some other great crafts using buttons.
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Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.