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Zinnia Style Button Brooch

Zinnia Style Button Brooch

Zinnia Style Button Brooch

I was tooling around the web recently, minding my own business when I happened upon this tutorial by Diane Gilleland of Crafty Pod over on Craft Leftovers.

I’m madly in love with these little zinnias with button centers. Check out the tutorial here to see how quick and easy they are to make.

If you ask me this is the PERFECT time of year to make a batch of them to wear… or to give!

I’ll take one in red please! :)

Try these bright and cheerful buttons for YOUR zinnia brooch

JB115 Tulip Button Jar

“Tulip” button jar

JB117 Citrus Button Jar

“Citrus” button jar

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Buttons Galore and More Appears on Cleveland TV Show

Buttons Galore and more on TV with Vicki O'Dell

Buttons Galore and more on TV with Vicki O'Dell

Our very own Design Team member (ME!) appeared on a local Cleveland TV show in June to show viewers how easy it is to make a one of a kind button bracelet.

While there is a can of old collected buttons in a tin can shown – and they are fine to use – you may not find enough buttons in the colors you need or you may not want to use Grandmas buttons on a piece you will give away.

Our Button Bonanza packages hold enough buttons to make 2-3 bracelets and they come in lots of colors!

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Make Easy Accessories Straight From the Button Jar

While some people look at jewelry as investment pieces, keeping them to wear long-term over the years, I love bright funky jewelry that I can wear as my mood or the trends change.

Button web ring

Button web ring

This particular piece I made in under 10 minutes, using supplies I had on hand, buttons from the Mixed-Color Grab Bag from Buttons Galore & More, a large metal jewelry finding, a ring blank, and a 6 inch piece of wire.

I started by choosing buttons of different colors and sizes.  The Grab Bags are fun to use because the colors and sizes are all mixed together and it’s easy to just pluck several different buttons from the same package.  The Button Bonanzas and Button Totes would also work well to get the same look.

After choosing my buttons, I strung the wire up from the bottom button through one hole of each, then bent the wire and strung it back down through one different hole of each button.  I wanted the funky look, so for my piece it didn’t matter which hole I used or whether the button had 2 or 4 holes, I was going for the wacky stacked look.  After the buttons were strung, I fed both ends of the wire through the jewelry finding and twisted the ends of the wire together to secure, clipped the extra wire off, and pressed the twisted ends as flat against the jewelry finding as possible.

Button ring for Buttons Galore & More by Carla Schauer

I decided to use the piece as a ring, so I glued it to a ring blank using a heavy duty, multipurpose glue.  I could have also used it as a pin, a pendant, or a hair accessory.  The sky is the limit when making button accessories.  Have fun!

Carla Schauer

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Quick Button Earrings

Button Earrings

Button Earrings

Here is a pair of earrings I made as a last minute, I’m walking out the door right now, kind of thing.

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Monochromatic Button Pin and Button Gift Box

Monochromatic Button Pin and Button Gift Box

Monochromatic Button Pin and Button Gift Box

Working with monochromatic color schemes is a quick and easy way to design a project.  You don’t have to worry about the colors not coordinating.  

This pin is going to be for Mother’s Day.  My mom sent me a link to the dress she is wearing and I thought the pin would be a great surprise.  If I know my mom well and I think I do, she will also save the box and re-use it.  If she does that will make me happy.

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Beachy Button Bracelet Set

Beachy Button Bracelet Set

Beachy Button Bracelet Set

These blue buttons caught my eye right away. I love the beach and these buttons have the color and shimmer of the ocean on a summer day.  They are aptly named “Sea Glass”. I have a big container of natural beads left over from some beachy home décor projects I made last year, and they seemed a perfect complement to the “Sea Glass” buttons.  With the addition of some copper findings and chain, I had the supplies for my bracelet.

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Button Bracelet

Button bracelet

Button bracelet

Here is a video I made a little while back showing how to use buttons to make an adorable charm bracelet. I hope you like it!

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