9 Seasonal Ways to Decorate With Buttons

Put a creative holiday spin on your growing button collection by crafting up unexpected ideas for gifts, decor and more.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Votive Updates

Give plain glass votives a designer update by wrapping the centers with decorative ribbon, then adding another layer of visual interest with extra-large buttons.

Silhouette Art

Put a playful spin on classic game taxidermy with silhouette pop art. Paint the surface of the cardboard backing in a picture frame, then trace the silhouette of a buck head to the backing with a pencil. Cover the traced silhouette with colorful buttons, fastening them in place with hot glue.

Decorative Tea Towel

Bring a festive touch to your tabletop or kitchen with a snowflake tea towel. Add white thread to a needle and mark a snowflake silhouette to the fabric using a marker or chalk, then use the needle to secure the buttons directly along the traced silhouette.

Decoden Phone Case

Customize a basic smartphone case by applying collage clay directly to the back, then arranging buttons and holiday crafting decorations for a one-of-a-kind yuletide pattern.

Tree Ornament

Put a kid-friendly spin on tree decor with ornaments made from stacked buttons. Add thread to a needle and knot the end, then slide an assortment of small neutral-toned buttons onto the thread as a tree base. Gradually build a tree silhouette with an assortment of large buttons added along the bottom, medium buttons in the center and smaller buttons near the top. For a tree topper effect, add a small star decoration on the top with looped string as a hanger.

Door Knob Wreath

Dress up interior doors with small button wreaths. These beauties are made using a small, flat wreath form, colorful ribbon, assorted buttons, crafting bells and felt. First, wrap the wreath form with ribbon, securing the end in place with hot glue. Create a hanger with a 20-inch strand of ribbon tied along the back. Once secured in place, layer buttons to the front and sides of the wreath with hot glue. Add one more layer of decoration with holly made from cut felt and decorative bells.

Snowball Garland

Create a snowball garland for a kid's room with string, white pompoms and a variety of white buttons. First, thread the string onto a needle, then weave the needle through the pompoms and button holes.

Gift Box

Elevate a basic cardboard gift box to new heights with a random grouping of buttons in different colors and sizes secured along each side with glue. Play with scale by adding an extra-large button to the top with a band of ribbon below.

Upcycled Objects

Use buttons to dress upcycled objects as ornaments. Here, a simple Mason jar lid was turned into a tree ornament by covering its interior with glitter paper and an assortment of decorative buttons.

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