Finding Uses for Old Buttons

By: James Monahan

There is a treasure in every piece of trash. One only has to go and look at the possibilities of every piece and finding great ways of reusing them. One of the things that we often ignore is a button.

Perhaps, because of its size or the fact that we can easily buy them from craft stores and tailor shops, buttons are often ignored and most of the time thrown away with the rest of the unwanted things in the house. Either that or they are kept in old sewing boxes where they remain in forgotten heap for centuries.

This, however, should not be the case as there are lots of uses for buttons. People only have to find the ways. Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of the buttons that you have at home.

Home Decoration

For people who love crafts and make-your-own projects, buttons are wonderful accessories that you can add to your creations. You can sew them in curtains for example to achieve a professional eclectic look.

Another creative use for buttons is to combine them with other beads to make great lampshades for the bedroom, placemats for the dining area and pillowcases for the living room. Children will also love to see buttons sewn on their bed sheets and pillows especially colorful ones and those that come in various shapes.

Making memories

Buttons are very popular with album and scrapbook enthusiasts. Metalic buttons and those with shapes are often used in albums as they provide sharp and fun contrasts to the colorful and bright photographs.

In fact, buttons are so popular that there are craft stores that sell especially made buttons for albums and scrapbooks. But why buy when you probably have a lot stored in your attic?

Besides, some buttons hold memories. A button can actually remind you of a special trip that you took. The button may be part of the parka that you wore when you rode the rollercoaster in Disneyland or took that boat trip near the Niagara Falls.

One idea is to use a portion of an old blouse or jacket and not just the buttons. They will serve as great reminders of a special occasion.

Bags and accessories

Buttons can also be used to spruce up ordinary cloth bags. This is especially useful in hiding stains that cannot be removed anymore. Filling an entire bag with buttons will also create a really unique and colorful effect that young children will definitely enjoy.

Buttons can even be used to put lock in pockets of bags that do not have locks. This will prevent their things from falling off whenever they would break into a run.

Old pairs of children shoes can also have another lease in life by putting cute buttons as designs. The same goes with hair ribbons and clips that are old or broken.

School stuff

Buttons are also wonderful designs that you can add to your child’s schoolbooks and notebooks. This will make their things more personalized. You can even put buttons on their pencil boxes and boxes.

Buttons are also great ways to decorate bulletin boards. Because of their shape, they can serve as hooks in bulletin boards, which your child can use to hook their IDs up.

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James Monahan is the owner and Senior Editor of and writes expert articles about buttons.

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