|Posted on April 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM|
Every time I buy a new sweater or blouse, there always seems to be a little plastic bag with a button or two inside. A great idea but I've never actually had to use these buttons. Besides, I almost always forget where I put the little package. So instead of throwing the buttons into a drawer to be forgotten, I figured that they can be recycled into cute cards. If you have a bit of material or interesting paper on hand, you can create a one-of-a-kind card that anyone would be happy to receive.
If you're lucky enough to have a stash of buttons, here are a three more ways to recycle them into something special.
RECYCLE BUTTONS INTO JEWELRY
Make Button Earrings. If you only have a couple of buttons that are too pretty to toss out, why not make yourself a pair of earrings. All you need are two identical buttons and you're off.
Make a Button Necklace. If you have a stash of earrings, Martha Stewart has instructions for making a really beautiful necklace.
Make a Button Bracelet. It's easy to create a one-ofa-kind bracelet from your buttons. Here's how:
- Cut elasticized cord long enough to wrap around the wrist twice.
- To make a standard-button bracelet, thread elastic through from back to front and then to the back again (see above).
- For four-hole buttons, thread elastic diagonally through two holes on opposite corners.
- For a shank-button bracelet, thread elastic through shanks, turning every other button upside down to overlap.
- Once you've strung on enough buttons to reach around the wrist, thread both ends of elastic and tie off.
- Trim excess elastic.