Are you a vintage button lover? If you answered “yes,” then today’s post is for you. For those of us with full cards of buttons that we want to remain in tact, it can be difficult to know how to display them in an appealing way.
In today’s post I’m going to give teach a charming technique for displaying vintage buttons without destroying their cards.
This DIY project sells extremely well from my booth at our local Shaker holiday craft show every year.
The frames and buttons I chose lend themselves perfectly to farmhouse style but you can switch things up and go many different directions, like Mid-century Modern or Victorian.
Materials for Creating Button Displays
- Vintage button cards (make your own with my FREE button card printable)
- Vintage frames (here is an alternative)
- Photo corners (self-adhesive)
- Scrapbook paper, card stock, or vintage paper
- Cardboard (or heavy cardstock)
- 1/2″ nails
- Brown kraft paper
- Tacky glue or liquid acid-free glue
- Sawtooth hangers
How to Frame Vintage Button Cards for Farmhouse Wall Art
Step 1: Button cards. Select the vintage buttons you’d like to frame and match them up with suitable frames.
NOTE: Scroll down below to learn how you can make your own button cards with my free printable. Simply attach your vintage buttons and they’re ready for framing!
Step 2: Frame. Select an appropriately sized frame and remove the glass; save it for a future project. I pick up most of my frames at garage sales for 50¢ or less–sometimes I find them in “Free” boxes!
Step 3: Scrapbook paper. Cut scrapbook paper or vintage paper (like dictionary or music paper) to fit your frame. Glue it to a piece of cardboard also cut to fit.
Step 4: Photo corners. Apply photographic corners to the card(s) you want to frame, place them on the scrapbook paper and press them into place.
–>>Do this with the frame in place to help you center the button cards properly.
Using photographic corners of course means that you can slip the buttons out and use them in some other way (or sell them) without having ruined the backs with glue or other adhesive.
Step 5: Secure. Using small finishing nails, secure the project in the frame. Note: Remove the button card during this step as it may pull the scrapbook paper from the cardboard.
Step 6: The back. Cut a piece of brown kraft paper to fit the back of the frame and glue in place with tacky glue. Nail or glue a sawtooth hanger to the top.
See my post about framing like a professional for more detailed instructions.
This handsome antique oak frame displays the buttons perfectly. As I mentioned, I sell my framed buttons regularly at both the annual holiday craft show I participate in every year and from my antique booth.
They sell for $10-18 each, depending upon their size and the age, condition, and beauty of the button card.
Examples of Framed Vintage Button Cards
Here’s another example, just a card of simple black buttons with a simple black frame.
Red and black make a perfect color combination.
Get Free Vintage Style Button Card Printables
If you have a collection of buttons but none on cards, I’ve got the solution! In my Member Library, I have two pages of button cards you can print out and attach your buttons to.
You get access to the library when you subscribe to my newsletter.
I made the set you see above from original vintage versions. Aren’t they adorable?? They would look marvelous framed.
For this piece, I mounted the buttons (using glue rather than photographic corners) onto a piece of vintage dictionary paper.
Notice I chose a page that has the word “button” on it?? So definitely keep in mind that you don’t need to be limited to black for mounting.
In addition to the other ideas I’ve already mentioned, you could use end papers from old books, vintage atlas pages or maps, and/or antique receipts or letters.
Furthermore, why limit yourself to framing just buttons? Take a look at these other highly frame-able items:
- Scissors (see mine here)
- Victorian calling cards
- Button hooks
- Antique and vintage needle books
- Cooking pamphlets
- Trade cards