How to Make a Button Necklace




Introduction: How to Make a Button Necklace

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These little buttons always seem to collect from events, gifts, political races, concerts, and such. Do you ever do anything with them besides let them sit around the house? Put them to use! Here, Threabanger forum member Mama Sass shows us how to take the buttons and turn them into a far-out necklace. Thanks so much to Mama Sass for teaching us how to do this, and to Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book. For more information, check out the video! For more DIY stuff from Threadheads, subscribe on iTunes!

Bunch of buttons
Wire Cutters
Needle Nose Pliers
Necklace Chain
Block of wood/hard surface

Step 1: Preparing the Buttons

Take one of the buttons and pull the pin part back with the needle nose pliers.

Cut off the tip of the point part very carefully with your wire cutters

Flip the button over and punch a hole with your nail and hammer on the opposite side of where the point part was. They're a little slippery, so be careful and find a way to hold it in one place.

Depending on how long you want your necklace, you're going to prepare about 20 buttons. Repeat until you have your desired amount.

Step 2: Stringing the Buttons Together

Connect your pins by putting the wire/pointy piece into the punched hole of the next one so that they are layered on top of each other.

Take your needle nose pliers and pull the wire back to lock it in place.

Continue connecting all of your buttons. Be aware that even though you cut the point tip off, the wire is still sharp so you want it be turned under as much as possible so it doesn't scratch you.

Step 3: Attaching the Necklace Piece/Clasp

Poke a second hole in the button all the way at the end so you can connect your chain.

Add your second necklace piece to the opposite end, and you are done!

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    Oh! I have so many questions and don't want to hog the comments section. First though, thank you for posting this instructable. Wow so kind of you. Can you tell me a little about Thread Banger? I found the site on one of my weekend marathons of surfing the net. Is the show only played on the internet? Are there other cool sites related to this topic? Do you think sewing machine companies help pay for the show? I'd love to win one. I'm a late bloomer in my 50's and I get so thrilled to see what younger artists are creating. I wanna play too :0)


    12 years ago on Introduction

    That is so awesome! - I know i have tons of buttons from my highschool days I wouldn't mind making into a necklace.

    Kudos! <3