Good morning! I just finished a two-part post on vintage buttons–the various types of buttons, a bit of history, and a few photographs. Today I thought it might be fun to look at some ways that we can decorate with old buttons. Of course there are tons of crafts out there using buttons (I might share one or two), but not a lot of decorating ideas. I scoured Pinterest and the web, and here’s what I found.
There is something about white buttons, isn’t there? I just love this look and think it works anytime of the year, not just Christmas. It seems fairly simple, too. The buttons are held onto cone-shaped foam with pearl-headed pins and then glued onto a pot base. Love it. And your vintage buttons go unharmed. (Janet Raine pinned this–no blog.)
I think this tall, clean apothecary filled with all white buttons makes a lovely presentation and could be used in a variety of settings and home decor styles.
How about filling it with all pink, or how about black. Each color carries with it it’s own decorating “message.” I love the white, but could definitely be talked into pink.
I think this piece of wall art is stunning, don’t you? Simple and graphic, it makes a real statement. If you sewed the buttons onto a piece of fabric, your buttons would be unharmed. However, I hink that would be way to much work; I’d have to glue them(!). (Note: I found this on Pinterest and there was no source.)
The blog, Bonkers About Buttons, highlighted this piece by an artist named, Inego Canedo. I’ve seen similar pieces on Pinterest with these instructions: glue buttons to a balloon, cover with Modge Podge, allow to dry, pop balloon. I really want to try this one. Don’t you just love the blue and green together?
Framing a packet of buttons or just a single button or a pair, is a snap: mount the buttons on vintage paper (I used dictionary paper) and frame. I found this little frame at a thrift store, painted it black, and then filled it with my button display. Easy Peasy.
This idea comes from a defunct Etsy shop called Heirloom Angel, but I really love it and wanted to include it along with all the others. I could see this in a black shadow box frame, or maybe three of them in a row in a large frame. And it doesn’t have to be monochromatic; it could be multi-colored or maybe rainbow hued..
Sewing buttons to a pillow cover is not a new idea, but it is a good one to remember, and I love these simple buttons on the taupe linen. (I’m starting to see that I definitely gravitate toward the use of white buttons!) This image comes from the French blog, Prunelle Grier.
This colorful idea comes from a foreign language blog–image only, no instructions. However, it would involve gluing your buttons to a waste basket form, which would ruin the buttons. You would want to use craft buttons instead for this project.
For Buttons Part II, click here:
Bye for now,