Fun DIY Button Card Projects

This week I've had a lot of fun working on some button card art projects!
Who doesn't love buttons?  
My daughter calls sorting buttons..."button therapy"!

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Recently I became a member of the Thrifty Chicks group!  
Each month they challenge themselves with a reuse project! 
I'm looking forward to more of the fun challenges in the future! 


Thrifty Chicks Reuse Projects

This time it is all about buttons!
I chose to do an art project with some of my pretty button cards.  
They have such beautiful graphics!

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

And I decided to make some of my own button cards using loose buttons!  
I hope you'll try it, too!  You could use any heavy cardstock, 
but I decided to use some decorative old photo folders!  

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

They have a great look, and it's a good way to use some spare, or damaged ones.

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I cut them into rectangles with a paper cutter, trying to include the 
decorative elements of the folders as much as possible.

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I chose some nice buttons from my jars...

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I used this fun set of
for most of my homemade button cards, but you could 
use any stamps you have, or even draw your own designs.

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog


Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I laid the buttons on the card, marked the holes with a pencil...

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

and carefully poked them through with a pin...watch your fingers!

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Then I simply sewed the buttons onto the decorative cards.

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Didn't they turn out cute!?  
I think it would be a great way to display special buttons, too!

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

This regal stamp was another I had in my stamp stash...
Always check the crafting aisle at the thrift store...
I have found many nice stamps and sets there!

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Next I decided to frame them as artwork.
I had some decorative front pages from old, wrecked up books, and I scanned and printed them to use as background paper.

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

You can right click on the four decorative pages below to save, and print them.  They will print best at 5 x 7 size, but you can try full page, too.  Just cut them to fit your frame opening.


Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I am always on the hunt for interesting frames at the thrift store.  
Here's how some of the button cards look framed!

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

You can use photo mounting corners, if you don't want to damage the button card.
I had old ones, but you can find them in the scrapbooking area of the craft store.

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog


Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

This frame is embossed leather.  I love the colors and textures together...

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog


Please pin...
Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog


I hope you are inspired to try making some button card art yourself!

Be sure to visit the other Thrifty Chicks posts for more button fun!


Thrifty Chicks Challenge- Fun DIY button card projects from Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog


Tania~ Little Vintage Cottage~ Button Easter Egg

Tuula~ Color Me Thrifty~ Button Flowers Pillow Makeover

Lora~ Lora B. Create And Ponder~ DIY Button Topiary 

Sheila~Audrey Would~Upcycling Vintage Buttons Into Stylish Napkin Rings

Diana~ Adirondack Girl At Heart~ How to Display and Sell Vintage & Antique Buttons + FREE Printables


Until next time...

17 comments

  1. Oh! I love these Linda! And using the old photo folders was such a great idea, I have a bunch of those!

    Tania

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  2. What beautiful button cards! I wish buttons you buy today had pretty cards. I love what you did and framing them was pure genius!
    Brenda

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  3. Wow, Linda! These are really, really awesome. Using the old photo folders was brilliant and such a great way to bring them back to life. They are so pretty. Your button cards are definitely frame-worthy! I love this idea!!

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  4. Love this idea! I am a button collector too. If I could post a pic of something I did years ago I would. Love your ideas and your papers you shared!!!

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  5. Love that you used old photograph holders and vintage-y rubber stamps to create your lovely button cards, Linda. Great project!

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  6. These are awesome, Linda! I've always liked that thick, textured paper on old photo displays, but never thought about cutting them up; love that idea! I love the classic tones you used for all of these; so perfectly vintage. They're beautiful displayed in the old frames. I'm so excited that you joined us! Welcome:)

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  7. This is such a great way to recycle and enjoy alittle down time...I used to love collecting buttons...Infact I am a bit of a collector and your groups ' reused challenge , is a fabulous idea...BRAVO Ladies......Enjoy your week...Hugs

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  8. OMG! This is the best! I love buttons, and I love what you have done here. These are def. my colors too! Great ideas! I even have the same stamps too. SO fun.

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  9. These are fabulous Linda. What a super idea. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend.
    Kris

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  10. Linda, You have me laughing and shaking my head...just when I think I have seen everything, here you are with one really cute and clever craft idea. You amaze me. I love it. I love that your daughter calls it button therapy...I can remember going thru my mother in-law's big tin f buttons. I loved looking at them. Blessings to you sweet girl, xoxo, Susie

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  11. I love these! Thanks so much for sharing.

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