I love to crochet, especially hats. And sometimes I like to put buttons on my hats. I decided to laser-cut some custom buttons for my hats and crocheted goodies.
Step 1: Design the Buttons
Using Adobe Illustrator, I drew my button design. I decided to have a wren wearing a hat with a pom-pom. The wren has made many appearances in my crocheted works (put a bird on it!) and was even the inspiration for a business logo (www.etsy.com/shop/theswedishwren). The bird logo would be etched into the button. I also decided to do a simple 2-hole button instead of a 4-hole button.
I designed 3 different button sizes - 1", 0.85" and 0.7" (in diameter).
Step 2: Materials
I wanted the buttons to be made of a beautiful hardwood, so I decided on walnut. I also wanted the buttons to be 1/8" thick. Many types of wood would work well for this, including plywood. Acrylic is also a fun option - buttons don't have to be wood! Experimenting with different button thicknesses would be fun too.
Using some scrap 1/4" walnut remnants from a previous project, I planed the wood down to 1/8". I also used a bit of 1/8" plywood to cut practice buttons on - to make sure I was happy with my design.