Introduction: Button, Button, Who's Got a Button?

Would you spend hours glueing buttons to a chair if it wasn't for a Gorilla glue contest? Well maybe. I actually started this project late one night and a few days later found out about the glue contest so this is my entry. I used Gorilla glue because having used it before for projects I really like how it has a bit of flex, buttons wont go breaking off if banged. Best of all it dries so fast you only have to hold the button for a moment on a vertical surface to get it to stick.

There is a bit of planning before you get started, so read all the instructions before you start going crazy with your buttons putting them just anywhere.

Step 1: Supplies

  • A wooden chair - preferably one with square legs vs round legs
  • Gorilla Super Glue
  • Denatured alcohol - for cleaning the chair
  • Rag - for wiping down the chair with the denatured alcohol
  • Buttons, lots of buttons. You want buttons without shanks (shanks are the either metal or plastic thing on the back that allows you to sew on a button without the thread showing)
  • pliers - these are for removing shanks on buttons with shanks

Step 2: A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

Doing this project is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You must start with the edges first. If you don't you'll run the risk of having buttons hanging off the edges or blank spaces because there is no button to fit the space you have left.

There were some spaces in the seat of my chair so I first stuck some buttons that had shanks into those spaces to save me the trouble of trying to get rid of the shanks.

Step 3: Tips

Contrasting different colored buttons next each other makes for a good looking design. I also tried to put different sized buttons together. You will really want to save you teeniest tiniest buttons to fill in any areas that you may have left over so don't use them until the end. 

When ever you are able to do so, work on a horizontal surface. When I was working on the back of the chair I set it up on my kitchen table on its back. 

Place 5 or 6 buttons before you start to glue them, I alternated between putting a dab of glue on the chair itself and putting a dab on the button. Both methods work fine, but when you are filling in a tight spot with a small button it is easier to dab the chair so as not to get glue on your fingers.

Step 4: Done

This looks like an easy project and it is - but it takes some patience as you go through your buttons looking for just the right one to go in just the right place. Most of these buttons came from my great grandmother, grandmother, garage sales and a friend. I have had the family buttons most of my life and I was always thinking of ways to use them but this is the best - because I have used them but I still have them. My girl friend sent me a jar of buttons she had been saving and being that they are from her (and she could even pick them out in the photo I sent her) makes the chair even more special.

Can you sit on it you ask? Yes! And the crazy thing is that it is more comfortable than it was before the buttons went on. I guess it just gives your butt more surface area to be cushioned.


noahh made it! (author)2011-05-06

Reminds me of this fantastic suit:

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2011-05-07


noahh made it! (author)noahh2011-05-07

Yeah, I really want to make one.

Abbylynn made it! (author)2011-03-15

sooooo cute

bongodrummer made it! (author)2011-01-15

Beautiful! I made a bath panel in a similar style once - good advice about planning the placement ;)
Do you keep the chair outside? If so how does the glue stand up to the whether?

I see you posted this a while ago, when's the next ible??
Thanks for sharing,

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2011-01-15

I only took pics outside, it is sitting right here in front of me in the kitchen. My next 'ible, oh boy that is a hard one, I have a bunch of photos lined up waiting for text, stay tuned...

Puzzledd made it! (author)2010-10-15

This looks great. I thought it would be incomfortable but maybe it's like one of those bead seat overlays that massage you as you sit :)

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-16

Maybe, all I know it that it's more comfortable now than before. It could be like that come to think of it, but it's not as bumpy feeling for some reason.

LocketRocket made it! (author)2010-10-12

Impressive. Looks great!

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-12

Thank you!

jnifrwebb made it! (author)2010-10-12

Looks so cute, but a little uncomfortable to sit on. I have tons of buttons I could use, just no chair darn it.

sunshiine made it! (author)2010-10-11

I really love your idea. Voted it up.

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-12

Thank you, I love your work also.

sunshiine made it! (author)sunshiine2010-10-12

UW. I wish you the best for the contest.

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-12

Thank you - you too!

lesliearnold made it! (author)2010-10-11

Wow Possum is so photogenic. I am "the friend that sent the buttons" I am so excited that they have all found a new career. I love recycling with art. I guess this would qualify for found object art.

383417477 made it! (author)3834174772010-10-12

haha~so funny~

supersoftdrink made it! (author)2010-10-11

I love this. Maybe I'm weird, but I love running my hands over textures like that... lots of buttons or pebbles glued to something. I can definitely see it being much more comfortable than it was before. Great instructable!

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-11

I know what you mean, there is something about textures. Thank you!

Wasagi made it! (author)2010-10-11

That looks fantastic! Where did you get all the buttons?

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-11

Grandmom, great grand mom, garage sales, friend. Thank you!

porcupinemamma made it! (author)2010-10-11

sooooooo... does one put their butt on the buttons? ;0)

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-11

Yes, it is actually more comfortable than before it was buttoned.

cheesedb made it! (author)2010-10-11

Why did you stop?

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-11

The buttons are like a cushion on a chair, not the whole chair, I "stopped" because it is done.

cheesedb made it! (author)cheesedb2010-10-11

Oh ok that makes sense
love your stuff

ChrysN made it! (author)2010-10-10

Nice, it really adds a lot of colour. (Possum Bean is so photogenic, my cat gets mad at me when I try to get pictures of him.)

Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2010-10-10

Treats help... Thank you!

AngryRedhead made it! (author)AngryRedhead2010-10-10

Or sneaking up on them when they're asleep, but it's terrible for action shots.

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