Friday, September 7, 2012

How to make button earrings

button earrings

Sometimes I see so many cute buttons but don’t always have a use for them.  So why not make them into earrings?  Here is probably the easiest tutorial I have ever presented to you.  You’ll want to make several of these!
 
button earrings 1

You’ll need a pair of buttons with shanks and two earrings.

button earrings 2

With a pair of wire cutters, snip off the shanks.  Mine didn’t get snipped all the way off.

button earrings 3

So I used a pair of nail clippers to snip off the rest.  A nail file would probably help too to get the back nice and smooth.

button earrings 4

Using craft adhesive, glue the earrings to the back of the buttons.

button earrings 5

Smoosh down and clean up any of the excess glue.

button earrings
Voila!  Sweet little yellow rose earrings! 

15 comments:

  1. What a great idea! My niece lives to do crafts like this. I will definitely share. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Glad you like it!

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  2. Thid is so clever! I'll def have to try this! Love the ones you made, so adorable!

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  3. If you're snipping off the shanks, why do the instructions say you need buttons with shanks?

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  4. Because the buttons with shanks dont have holes. Plus you can find really great buttons in a bigger variety with shanks. Unless you don't mind having buttons with holes....

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  5. OH! I see now! Thanks! I love this craft, btw. I'm looking for earring backs and buttons now to do this with my Girl Scout troop. :)

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    1. Yes! This would be a great project to do with them! You might have them wear eye protection. The shanks tend to fly off when snipped.

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  6. This is amazing, and so simple! I can't wait to try it myself.

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  7. My friend knows how to make these and she makes a million of them.

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  8. So great! I'm wondering, though, what kind of adhesive you use? I tried this with a metal button, and the earring posts fell off pretty quickly. I think I used Hypo-Cement jewelry glue. What adhesive did you use?

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    1. I use E6000 a lot and the makers also make many other adhesives. That is the best craft glue in my opinion.

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  9. I love this idea. I'm so gonna try it. But where do I get these metal ear rings? I looked like everywhere but I can't find a place to buy them...

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    1. Usually you can find these at store that carry beads. If you look at a giant craft store, go to the bead section. They carry them there since beads are usually used to make jewelry. You could also try Etsy. That's my go-to! Good luck, thanks for stopping by!

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  10. What size earring post do you use?, i bought some from Joann's crafts and they break very easily.

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