Custom Buttons Tutorial

by Colleen Dietrich

Dietrich Designs

I love adding buttons to my cards, but due to space constraints my button stash isn’t very big. In my dream craft room, I’d have jars of buttons in every color! Since that’s not my reality, I devised a way to customize them for any project using things I already have.

You’ll need:

· Buttons – any size

· Circle punches to match the button sizes

· Patterned stamps

· Inks

· White craft glue

· Paper piercer

· Glossy adhesive

· Thread/twine

These are the buttons I covered. It’s best to choose your flattest ones:

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Next, stamp patterns on scraps of white cardstock. I used green and kraft inks with Vintage Backgrounds and Background Basics I from Inspired By Stamping.

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Use circle punches to coordinate with your button sizes. I used ½” and ¾” punches.

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(this punched circle goes on a larger button, not shown in the picture)

Smear white craft glue to the back of the punched circle and adhere to button; let dry.

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After the glue has dried, pierce through button holes with paper piercer.

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At this point, you can leave the buttons as they are, or add a glossy lacquer adhesive over the button fronts. Be sure to use the paper piercer when they are dry and poke through the button holes once again. A word of caution: glossy adhesive can slightly alter your ink color. Add twine or embroidery floss if you like.

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I set these custom buttons on beautiful doilies from Delicate Doilies and Delicate Doilies II – some of my FAVE IBS stamps! The birthday wish is from Fancy Sentiments.

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

20 thoughts on “Custom Buttons Tutorial

  1. Liz O says:

    Beautiful creations!!! I am sure loving the WHW Challenges Joanna! Thank you and Colleeen D. for putting this tutorial together and for the opportunity to play!
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. hmheartfelt says:

    How clever! This is such an easy thing to do I bet lots of ladies will be trying it.
    I’m sick right now, but hope to be able to try it soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Claire S says:

    BRILLIANT and so easy to do..thanks for showing us how to create any button design we want!! Now, hoping to design a card as gorgeous as the one in the project shown.

  4. sheetal says:

    Loved the tutorial…I have always felt whatever buttons I have don’t go with the project I am making …this gives it a whole new dimension .Thanks for Sharing.

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  6. Judi Gobeli says:

    This is such a NEAT idea, and Colleen with your easy to follow TUT. I will be able to do this easily. Love your card, and TFS.
    With Love Judi

  7. Hussena says:

    Oh wow I just loved this tutorial.. Thank you so much for sharing …Your card look so beautiful Colleen perfect colors and such an elegant design ..Loved it 🙂

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