Make a Button Bracelet - A Fun Way to Recycle Buttons

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Have you ever thought about all those buttons you have stashed away (in a drawer or and old shoebox on the top shelf of your closet)? You know the ones I mean! I have been collecting the "extra buttons" from new clothes as long as I can remember. I had buttons from clothes I hadn't owned in years! (I discovered a long time ago that the clothes that came with extra buttons seldom lost a button - it was the cheap ones that didn't bother to give you extras that were always losing them!)

Have you ever wondered what you could use them for? Probably not. I have been in a creative mode lately, though, and I came up with a craft project that is easy enough for kids to make and cute enough to use as homemade presents : button bracelets!

To make a button bracelet you only need a selection of buttons and some cotton, hemp, or leather cord (about 1mm works well).


  • An assortment of buttons
  • Sharp scissors (small ones are ideal)
  • 15 - 30 inches of 1mm cord
  • A ruler

- Before you start, choose the buttons you want to use. You should use all 4-holed buttons or 2-holed buttons. (2 holes will be easier for young crafters to use). You can use one 2H button for the end button of a 4H bracelet if you want to.

- Try to pick a variety of sizes and textures and use colors that work well together.

- I like to cover my work area with a dishtowel to protect the table and it is easier to see my materials against white fabric.

  • Step 1: Choose your buttons and assemble them side by side near the ruler so you can see how many you will need for your bracelet. An average adult-sized bracelet should be about 7-inches long (that takes about 10 - 12 buttons depending on the size of buttons you are using).

  • Step 2: Cut a piece of cord. You will need about 15 inches of cord for a bracelet made with 2-holed buttons (2H) or 30 inches if you are using 4-holed buttons (4H).

  • Step 3: Tie a loop for the clasp end. For 2H: Double about 2 inches at one end of the cord and tie a knot in it leaving a loop big enough to fit around the end button. For 4H: Double the ENTIRE cord and tie your loop so that the same amount of cord is on each side (you will thread one side of the cord through the top two holes of each button and the other side of the cord through the bottom two holes of each button)

  • Step 4: String the buttons on the cord to that the cord comes up from the back of each button and then goes back down from the top to the bottom of the button.

  • Step 5: Tie the last button onto the end of the cord. For 4H bracelets, bring both ends of the cord up from the back of the end button and then tie them together on top. For 2H, just run the cord through both ways and then tie it like you did the first loop (except the end button will be on the loop).

  • That's it! You're done! (I do put a little drop of Super Glue or clear nail polish on the knots so they won't work themselves loose.)

    Note: If you have trouble with your cord fraying at the end when you are threading it through the buttons, dip the end in some melted candle wax. That will keep it from fraying. It will be cut off when you are finished.

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