How can I reuse or recycle random spare buttons?
We’ve had a message from Amy:
I have a large box of spare buttons, all odd, different colours, different sizes, the ones you get on items of clothes in case you lose one.
Does anyone have any useful suggestions for re-using? Looking forward to your suggestions
Woo! buttons! I love spare buttons! :)
And they’re a hot crafting item at the moment too: I love the idea of button bouquets, but there are also button coasters (perfect for lots of less exciting buttons), collages and using them as embellishments for boring shoes or tops.
My favourite pairs of earrings are made from buttons too: before I trained myself to wear dangly ones, I just glued by favourite buttons onto stud findings but now I’ve got a pair that are simply three colourful buttons on headpins – I wear them all the frickin’ time (even now as I type this ;) ).
Around the home, I’ve seen them used instead of gravel in clear fake-flower vases or on top of the soil in plant pots — and if you can’t think of a reuse for them, put them in a bag on eBay and button-cravers like me will snap them up ;)
Any other suggestions?
(Photo by nkzs)