Updated April 2020. Today I’m going to share ten decorative ideas using vintage buttons, including a few of my own ideas along with several others that I found when scouring Pinterest and the web for the best ideas out there. Here they are.
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1. Vintage Button Art on Velvet
I’ve seen all kinds of “pictures” created with buttons, but somehow, I like the simple heart on red velvet the best. And it makes a delightful Valentine (or anytime!) decoration.
2. Vintage Buttons in a Jar
This tall apothecary jar 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 solid 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.
Jars of buttons sell well for me at the annual Christmas craft show I do every year. I price them at $10-20/jar, depending up on the the size.
3. Vintage Framed Buttons
Framing a card of buttons or just a single button or a pair, is a snap: mount the buttons on vintage or scrap book paper and frame. I found this old oak frame at an estate sale and loved the way it looked with the mother of pearl buttons, which I mounted with photo corners.
These framed buttons are another great seller for me, both at the craft show I just mentioned, as well as in my antique booth.
4. Framed Abstract Button Design
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.
I’ve been informed by a Pinterest friend that a Mrs. Werther created this work of art, which hangs in the Button Museum of Dover, Ohio.
5. Button Initial Craft Project
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6. Vintage Button Tree Craft Project
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.
7. Button Decoration on Pillow Covers
Sewing buttons to a pillow cover may not be 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.
8 Button Decorated Globe DIY
I think this button-covered globe falls in the stunning piece of artwork category, don’t you? The use of [mostly] white and black buttons was a perfect choice to compliment the all black, antique style base. I’m very tempted to try this project for myself.
9 Vintage Button Decorated Bingo Card
This idea comes from eBay.co.uk, but since it had sold, no attribution was given. I could see it in a black shadow box frame, or maybe three cards in a row in a large frame. And you don’t have to go multi-colored, a monochromatic card would be just as lovely. Watch out for old bingo sets at thrift stores and garage sales.
10. Button Bowl Project
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.
Bonus Project: FREE Display Cards
Back in April 2019 I wrote a blog post about a simple way to display vintage buttons–check out the post to get all the details. Subscribe below to get access to these FREE button cards that I made for us 🙂
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