Giant button - a nice handmade gift for crafters

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So maybe you, or someone you know likes to sew and craft, and has a burgeoning button collection that hasn't quite gotten off the ground yet, and is also in need of some nice original wall art to decorate their home with?  Look no further because making your very own giant button is the perfect thoughtful and creative answer!

The 18" button is hand crafted from pine boards and "sewn" with parachute cord.  Now all I have to do is find a really big sweater...

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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  • 18" pine round circle from Home Depot
  • parachute Cord
  • paint
  • picture hanging supplies
  • router w/ circle jig
  • palm sander
  • ruler
  • square
  • painting supplies
  • drill
  • large spade drill bit

Step 2: Find center of circle

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I just wrote an entire dedicated Instructable specifically on this topic.

Check it out and use it as step 1...How to find the center of a circle.

Step 3: Route out center of circle

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Now that we've found it, it's time to route it out.

I used a Jasper Circle Jig to create a crisp boundary on the exterior of the area that is being routed out.  I then routed out the center by freehand.

I used an 1/4" bit with the Jasper Jig since that's what it requires, but then switched to a 1/2" bit to do the rest so it would go a bit faster.  All in all it took about 10 minutes.  Not too bad.

Step 4: Sand smooth

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The wood was left with some inconsistencies from the routing process.  These can easily be sanded out with a random orbital sander.  Pine is soft, this takes no time at all.

Step 5: Prime

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I painted a coat of primer onto the table so that I'd get a really nice second coat of color.  Why did I prime before all the woodwork was done?  I don't know really, I just thought I'd stay consistent to whats shown in the pictures.
Wasagi5 years ago
 Nice! That IS the hardest button to button...
Dang I love that song!
wecanclean4 years ago
Very reto idea! Love it! I think I'll skip all the wood working tho.This can be simulated by using & recycling a" pickle bucket" lid. SWEET! Thank for the idea!
randofo5 years ago
This looks awfully familiar to some other Instructable that I have seen recently.
noahw (author)  randofo5 years ago
It was a by-product of the Compass Table.  Version 1 was made of pine, Version 2 was made of sanded plywood so that it would match the look and feel of the legs.  Much better in my opinion.

I assume this is what you mean?
 I thought so too - I am so jealous of your skill with a router. I can use about everything else but that. Oh, and great 'ible, very funny pop art. Make more giant stuff!
noahw (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
The router is a great tool to get comfortable with.  It's safe and often produces the finishing element of a project that takes it from good to great.  If it's really the only tool that you've been shying away from, you should really go for it.  I'm encouraging you - "Go, go!"

Btw, making big/excessive projects is sort of my jam on Instructables...


noahw (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
I couldn't see all these great links in one place and not make Giant Guide baby!

Baby Baby, that is why I subscribe to you. Anyway as far as the router goes, it's on my list of things to do before I die so I will, I will.
I'd like to see such stuff as a giant needle and a spool of thread to match.
noahw (author)  thepelton5 years ago
Sewing a stuffed pig shut for a pig roast a few years ago with a custom made steel needle and thread is as close as I can come to your request.
randofo noahw5 years ago
This seems a bit off from what he was requesting.
noahw (author)  randofo5 years ago
Baby Baby, you're the best.
noahw (author)  randofo5 years ago
It's DIY baby!  Things never turn out *quite* like you hope.
noahw (author)  noahw5 years ago
PS, Ninzerbean's got me saying baby now in my comments...look below.
(It comes from a  quote I heard that goes "Baby Baby, you're the best". It's a great line for guys to learn and practice saying with feeling.)
I would love to try this project using a piece of mirror and clear cording!
noahw (author)  inkstainedheart5 years ago
Really thick mono filament would like very very nice in this application.  If you can't put your hands on some thick glass/mirror, then perhaps just some clear acrylic would look good.
thepelton5 years ago
I have a machine called a ringmaster that will cut a disk out of flat wood up to twelve inches in diameter, and I am thinking of making some giant buttons using that.  The library is about to close, or I would have a lot more to say.
luvit5 years ago
'bout time you buttoned-up that wall! sheesh.
thepelton5 years ago
I recall a movie, I believe it was called "The Borrowers" in which someone played a little elf that had an immense button on his suit.
Found information on the movie, but I couldn't find a pic of the immense button, but I recall seeing it, probably in a movie mag.
caitlinsdad5 years ago
 If you really want a giant button and matching needle, visit the garment district in New York City.

You didn't use the router to round over the edges?  Put in a 3x3 hole matrix so you could weave the thread to look like a letter for a custom monogram.
noahw (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
The 18" pine circle from Home Depot came with the edges already nicely rounded over like that.  It's an easy enough thing to do with the router, but the fact that it already looked so much lick a button when I started was part of the inspiration for the project in first place. 

3x3 matrix is a good idea!  Might need 3x6 so you can two letters out of the monogram...
LoneWolf5 years ago
That's really cool!!! I'll have to send one to my Grandma, that's the kind of things she likes.