I have a large glass jar filled to the top with buttons, most of them garnered from charity shops. Some of them are beautiful old Bakelite, glass or simply taken from yesterdays holey clothes. Occasionally, I have been blessed with someone’s old button tin. I don’t want to become a button hoarder, though I perhaps, already am one. I do use them sometimes, I promise.
I love rummaging around in the jar, imagining all the possibilities for these little treasures. A bit like a miser with coins I suppose! All sorts of wonderful things have been created using old buttons. I thought it might be nice to share a very simple necklace I made from some of my collection.
You can easily make one of these necklaces yourself. All you need is a supply of pretty buttons with reasonably large holes so you can thread them with out too much difficulty.
I layered my buttons in stacks of three, a larger one in the middle and two smaller ones on the outsides so your necklace looks lovely which ever way it hangs. If you have buttons which look lovely from both sides you may not need to layer them, but I quite like the layered look.
Organise the buttons first so you can see how it will look when finished and lay them in a row in the order you want to thread them. To thread the buttons you could use cotton or silk cord, string or anything else you like that will fit through the button holes.
Measure how long you want your necklace and then add some extra length so that you will have enough length to tie a knot and remember that threading through the layered buttons will take up some of the length of the cord. I can’t tell you exactly how much extra length you will need, but remember you can always cut it shorter, but you can’t make it longer! Also, don’t forget that you will need to make it long enough to fit over your head unless you are clever enough to put a clasp on it, so measure generously.
When the necklace is complete, you can add a small dob of glue to the knot so it can’t come undone. I used PVA which dries clear.
This is the first “how to” I have written so my apologies if it is difficult to understand. I have included lots of photos so they will hopefully make things clearer!
Vintage button necklace
Vintage button necklace
Shell and glass vintage buttons
Lovely vintage clear button and red flower
Shell and clear buttons
The finished product