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Using Buttons On Greeting Cards

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Adding buttons to your greeting cards is not only fun, but adds a touch of whimsy and dimension to all your greeting cards.

Types Of Buttons For Greeting Cards

There are lots of different buttons to chose from for your card making. So many colors and options ! Here are a few things to know about buttons and how they can be used on your greeting cards:

  1. Flat buttons are just what the name implies. They are totally flat. They generally have two or four holes in the center. They can be made of wood, metal, glass, ceramic or plastic. They can have rigged edges which means that they are not really flat. These are very useful for cards. They give some dimension. but do not weigh the card down.
  2. Lapel buttons usually have a design or promotional image. They are attached with a small thin metal pin like structure. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. They are mostly made of metal.
  3. Shank buttons are flat on the top, They have a loop structure on the bottom to hold them on. They do not lay flat to the card stock. They have a very raised look,
  4. Snap or poppers are buttons that have two parts. They can be made of metal or plastic. They have a male and female part that attach to each other.
  5. Studs are often most associated with jeans, but have lots of other uses. They have two parts that attach to each other.

Where To Find Buttons

Of course you can buy buttons. They are everywhere. You can buy them by the card.usually these are buttons that are sets.

Craft buttons are usually sold in clear jars or containers. These buttons have a flat back that makes them easier to adhere to your cards.

Check out thrift shops. They often have boxes and collections of buttons. Prices are usually very good.

Yard and estate sales often have lots of buttons, These are usually someones collection and can contain button treasures.

Before you get rid of old clothes, remember to remove the buttons.

How To Use Buttons On Greeting Cards

  • Use buttons for various features such as eyes, to create a mouth or to become the center of a blooming flower.
  • Make or embellish flowers with buttons.
  • Create balloons by gluing buttons on your card. Then add strings with a marker.
  • Make a button bug by using one color for the head. Then add three or more buttons of other colors.
  • Create a green or green and red button wreath for a holiday card
This idea is perfect for folks with lots of buttons and not a lot of soace

This idea is perfect for folks with lots of buttons and not a lot of soace

Organizing Your Greeting Card Buttons

I store my buttons by color. I like to keep each color in a zip lock bag. Then I store them in a box marked buttons Here are more button storage ideas:

  • Use a Multi draw hardware storage unit. They are perfect for organizing all of your buttons. Glue a button on the outside of the draw to indicate color
  • Compartment boxes are another alternative. They come in all different sizes. Look for jewelry storage boxes. You can stack them on a shelf,
  • Mason jars are readily available. They look pretty with your buttons stored by color on a shelf
  • Use medicine containers. Clean out your old pill bottles to store your button stash

Free Button Resources And Tutorials

Button Bike-A Sweet Ride

Why not use buttons for wheels?

Why not use buttons for wheels?

Do It Yourself Button Storage

Paper and buttons from Crafter's Companion. Layer your buttons to create dimension and color

Paper and buttons from Crafter's Companion. Layer your buttons to create dimension and color

Button Flower Card

Simple but elegant button flower greeting card. You could add a saying on the card front

Simple but elegant button flower greeting card. You could add a saying on the card front

To Sew Or Not To Sew

Yes, you can sew your buttons on your cards. That is a fact. The only problem with that idea is that you will wind up seeing the thread on the inside of your card. That problem can be solved with a liner (a piece of card stock glued or taped to cover it up.

Another alternative to that technique is to use a glue dot to adhere your button, If you do not have the exact glue dot size to fit your button, simply trim what you have to fit.

You can also use any tacky glue to adhere your button onto your greeting card.

Using Buttons In Shaker Cards

instead of using sequins, consider using very small buttons in your shaker cards

instead of using sequins, consider using very small buttons in your shaker cards

Layering Buttons

Layering Buttons adds more dimension to your cards

Layering Buttons adds more dimension to your cards

Hoppy Birthday

Layering and cute bunny tails make this card special

Layering and cute bunny tails make this card special

Using Buttons On Holiday Cards

Buttons are very pretty on a Christmas card as ornaments

Buttons are very pretty on a Christmas card as ornaments

More Greeting Card Button Ideas

There are many ways to use buttons on greeting cards, Here are a few simple ideas:

  • Outline a shape like a heart with buttons
  • Use buttons for eyes
  • Use as the center of a flower
  • Make a button bug
  • Create a button rainbow
  • Decorate a banner with a button
  • Place a button as the center of a bow
  • Use the buttons to create a tree. Draw or cut a tree shape, Add different sized green buttons as a tree
  • Use buttons to outline a die cut circle or square
  • Make a button Christmas tree
  • Add a button to the center of a bow

More Faux Button Projects

Welcome Baby Card

Use buttons to create a frame around a die cut.

Use buttons to create a frame around a die cut.

More Button Ideas And Projects

Birthday Balloon Card

Buttons are so nice to use as baloons

Buttons are so nice to use as baloons

More Button Craft Ideas

Create a button bouquet

Create a button bouquet

More Button Craft Ideas

There are more paper craft button ideas besides using them on cards. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Create a button bouquet- Use hot glue to mount your buttons on a craft wire
  • Stack different sized buttons on top of one another
  • Create a button bouquet by covering a large round ball with designer buttons

© 2019 Linda F Correa

What Are Your Thoughts Or Ideas On Using Buttons On Greeting Cards?

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on November 01, 2019:

Give it a try. It is a lot of fun !

azy on November 01, 2019:

All collection over here is something tempting for me

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on August 30, 2019:

Buttons are a blast and fun to use. I got started with them and found it difficult to stop. My new passion is getting my stash out and finding new ways to use them

RTalloni on August 29, 2019:

Thanks for the ideas and tips on using buttons to make cards. I have a stash I want to use and am glad to find this great resource.

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on August 27, 2019:

Thanks for stopping by, Larry. Appreciate your kind comments

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on August 27, 2019:

There are so many ways to use buttons even beyond greeting cards. You can also use them on scrapbook pages and journal pages too. This was just one area where they can be recycled. If your daughter is crafty, she would be happy to get them.

Larry Slawson from North Carolina on August 27, 2019:

Really neat idea! Thank you for sharing!

John Ware from Garden City, NY on August 27, 2019:

So I don't need to throw bunch of them i got in spare box. Or rather give them to my daughter for some crafting practices. I acknowledge your idea.

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on August 26, 2019:

Thank you. I recently found this idea and loved using them on my cards. So much fun ! Appreciate your input

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2019:

It’s a wonderful idea to use buttons in creative crafts. I couldn’t imagine that they will look so nice in greeting cards.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful creative ideas. The pictures and the videos are very helpful. Would love to try some of them.

Thank You.