I was recently given a very generous gift: the button collection that belonged to a friend's mother.
I am sure anyone with a crafty bent, or who is like myself, quite possibly part magpie, can imagine the afternoon I spent spreading them all out, stacking, sorting and admiring. The experience positively brought out the Gollum in me. My precious!
Among the notables (pictured below) were Bakelite, glass and metal filigree (possibly Edwardian??), which was my fav. *sigh* So sparkly...
|My Vintage button collection - One thing is fer sure, they don't make 'em like they used to!|
Because I make historical costumes I am sure I'll be able to make good use of these tiny treasures.
But true to the nature of button collections there were a lot of singles. It got me wondering, what else can you make with buttons?
Here are a few cool things I found via the interwebs.
Almost Unschoolers: Clothespin Button Racer: Clothespin Button Racer
Source: Izzwizz Creations
Decorate Cards - this tutorial also shows you how to turn plain buttons into decorative ones!
|source: The Dreamstress|
The Dreamstress has an excellent tut on aging modern metal buttons
Lilly Pilly Blog - Make a Button Necklace
If anyone else has some clever ideas for button up-cycling please let me know :)