How To Make Cuff Links

By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn how to make cuff links. Just gather a variety of different types of buttons and you can make cuff links for nearly every occasion. Don't let your friends know your secret—you'll be making cuff links for them, too!

What you need to make cuff links:

  • Thin, bendable wire
  • Two decorative buttons
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric scraps
  1. Select the buttons from which you will make the cuff links. Choose one of the buttons, making sure it is clean from dirt, dust, and debris. Wash it and dry if necessary. Once the button has been thoroughly cleaned, thread a piece of wire approximately four inches long through the hole in the button. Twist the wire securely, making sure the button is sturdy.
  2. Apply a small amount of fabric glue to the fabric scraps, and wrap around the wire. Once the glue has completely dried, trim off any remaining fabric. 

  3. Put each of the ends of wire through one of the button holes on the cuff of the shirt. Carefully bend the legs of the wire back, anchoring the cuff links to the shirt.  

  4. Examine the fit of the cuff links. If the wire on the cuff links is too long, it will scratch the wearer, and will need to be trimmed. Make sure the wires are laying flat against the shirt, not sticking off in a strange direction.

  5. Make a variety of cuff links. This is a relatively easy project, and doesn't take much time. By having a supply of cuff links prepared and ready to go, you won't be struggling to decide what to wear!


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