Do you have a drawer or box full of buttons that you don’t know what to do with anymore? We’ve got a few ideas.
Decorating your house or apartment can be an annoyance, but it can also be a ton of fun. Why not make use of the stuff you’ve had lying around for ages? In this post, we’re going to help you use those old buttons by decorating your place with them. Yep, you heard it right. Button art.
Why did you start collecting buttons in the first place? Was it to have them sit hidden in a box for the rest of time? Probably not, so why don’t you display them loud and proud. They’ll be a great conversation piece for when you have people over and, with our help, they’ll look great too. Let’s get started!
The first thing you should know about button art and decorating your home is that too much of anything is going to be a bad move. Instead, we’re going to give you some fun and creative ideas to decorate with the buttons that you can then try out and decide what works for you.
Another thing to remember is that you’ve got to have fun with it. Inject your personality into this fun decorating project and we’re sure that you’re going to love the results. Don’t get too addicted or you’ll run out of buttons. If you need to get replenish your button collection, you’ll be able to find more here.
Cover Your Wardrobe
When you’ve got a lot of buttons at your disposal, you can use them to spruce up your wardrobe in the bedroom. You can cover the wardrobe cabinet doors with them so that it looks like you’re peering through a window into a world full of buttons.
You could also frame the windows of the cabinet if they’re glass. Go with a specific color scheme or put all your favorites on since it’s something you’ll look at every day.
Custom Button Art
For the artists reading this, you could turn your button collection into one of your original pieces, pretty easily in fact.
Pick up a small canvas from the local art store to start. Maybe sketch something first so that you know what you want to make, then start gluing your buttons on the canvas to create an image. Even if you’re not a great artist, this is a fun project to fill up a Sunday afternoon and you never know what you might get out of it.
We’ve seen some really nice letter art made out of buttons and even a few trees with buttons as the leaves. Channel your inner Klimt and see what happens. This is very similar to custom paint by numbers we all know and love.
Candle Holders and Bowls
Are you also a bit of a candle collector? Go pick up some old candle holders and glue a few buttons on to give them a bit more personality. They’ll be perfect for your next night in with some tea and a book.
Another thing you can do is glue a lot of similar colored buttons together to create a little bowl for holding jewelry, pens, or knitting needles. You can never have too many bowls!
Cork Board Display
If you’re more into displaying your custom buttons, then go pick up a good-sized cork board and just stick them in. Make sure to place the cork board somewhere prominent like by your front door or in your kitchen or living room.
Keeping it somewhere that your guests will see gives you a great conversation starter and then you get to talk about your favorite buttons.
Don’t feel like sticking them all on a corkboard? Go on Amazon and buy some small magnets with adhesive on the back and stick your favorite buttons to them to turn them into fridge magnets.
This allows you to still display your buttons, but also give them a practical purpose in your home. You’d be surprised at how perfect your favorite custom buttons are for holding up pictures of your family and recipes.
If you’ve got some plants sitting on the ground in your apartment, you could try making a hanging plant sling out of some rope and a few of your buttons.
Macrame plant slings are all the rage, but luckily for you, they’re not very hard to make at home. Check out a guide online and when you’re done, incorporate some of your buttons where the rope intersects to give it some of your own personal touch.
Of course, you can’t overlook the fun you and your friends could have around Christmas time making decorations for your house. Empty out your button collection, get the egg nog out, and call up your closest pals to help you make some nice hanging ornaments for the holidays.
Have one of your pals pick up some other supplies that might go along with this idea and use your buttons as accents for the decorations. You could make little hanging snowmen, evergreens, or snowflakes using your different colored buttons.
You could even get embroidery machines to create decorative pillows and use your buttons to add details to a snowman.
One of our all-time favorites is the button clock. This one takes a little bit of advanced skill, but anyone can do it.
All that you really need to do is choose a few materials to make up your clock, your buttons, and then a clock mechanism. We’ve seen some great ones, but this burlap and button clock is super simple and looks great.
Get an embroidery hoop and cut some burlap to size. Fasten the burlap in and sew your buttons on where the clock positions should be. Then cut a hole in the center of the burlap and glue the clock mechanism on the back. Attach the hands to the front, throw some batteries in, and you’ve got yourself a new clock.
Now that you know how to use your button collection to create button art in your home, you can start thinking of what else to decorate your apartment with.
If you’ve got the patience and the imagination, you can repurpose all sorts of household items to turn into art. Take a look at some more ideas online and let your creativity run wild.