What To Make With Vintage Buttons

Wondering what to make with vintage buttons from your grandfather's favorite sport jacket or your uncle's cardigan? Keep the memory of loved one's style alive by creating a daily reminder of them for yourself. You don't have to be Martha Stewart to execute a project with vintage buttons. Turn vintage buttons into cufflinks to pay homage to a loved one. Make vintage button cufflinks for your dad or brother with buttons from a family member's clothing, or as a gift for a friend who is getting married.

To make cufflinks with vintage buttons, you will need: 

  • Vintage Buttons
  • Glue
  • Pliers
  • Cufflink Blanks
  1. Remove loops from the back of the vintage buttons. If the vintage button is flat on the back, move on to the next step. Use pliers to remove the loops. Vintage buttons can be fragile, so exercise caution when using the pliers.
  2. Place the vintage buttons face down on a work surface. Clean any dirt or dust off of the vintage buttons with a clean rag and water. Allow the vintage  buttons to dry.
  3. Add a dot of glue to the center of the back of the vintage button. Apply the cufflink blank–the round side that looks like a disk–to the back of the vintage button. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the glue for drying time.
  4. Repeat this process for the second cufflink. Attach the cufflinks to a shirt or jacket in your wardrobe.

Ask for glue recommendations at a local craft store before purchasing. Purchase a glue specifically for metal to ensure the vintage buttons will remain on the cufflink blank.

Cufflink blanks come in plated metals as well as real gold and silver. Purchase a pair of plated metal cufflink blanks and cheap buttons to perform a trial run
of the project first.

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