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Button Greeting Cards: Ideas for Handmade Homemade Card Making

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As I've started making greeting cards again recently, one of the possibilities that I've been exploring is buttons. One thing that I use my greeting cards for is personalized messages in my Etsy packages. I use buttons in a number of my jewelry designs so cards with button details tie right into my shop. Whether or not you make any other art with buttons, buttons are really fun. Consider them for your future card making projects. Here are just a few ideas to get you started. Once you've tried a few of them, the ideas will just keep flowing. Enjoy!

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Simple notecard with buttons: Free printable template

Jessica Jones at How About Orange has a great free printable template. Simply print, cut, and attach your own buttons. You can leave the front as is without any words or customize it for just about any holiday. If you're looking for a new craft blog to follow, check out How About Orange for so many more great ideas and lots of inspiration.

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Button Ornaments Christmas Card

Lisa used a stamp set and a few green buttons to create this simple, beautiful Christmas card. If you don't want to purchase this specific stamp set and can't find any similar stamps (though you'd probably be able to), this is a relatively easy design to draw by hand. Consider customizing the color combination and message for other holidays.

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Seasonal Button Cards from Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart shares basic instructions for creating three seasonal button cards. I especially love the snowman button card. These ideas are very simple, but you can add messages and/or other embellishments to the cards as you like. Check out a variation on this idea from Christmas Your Way. Also, check out this additional Martha Stewart snowman card idea right here.

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Button Cards: Variation Colors

There are endless possibilities for customizing this modern cut away design. I love the little border around it. The buttons on the card pictured have been sewed on, but you can use glue dots or other scrapbook adhesive if you like.

Purchase glue dots on Amazon.

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Valentine's Day Card: Button Heart

If you are like me and enjoy Valentine's Day cards and other items simply because of all of the hearts, this card is for you. Hearts are just one of the many shapes you can create with buttons. This post has a great materials list and set of instructions. The color combination pictured is classic for Valentine's Day, but feel free to change it up as you please. For another great Valentine's Day heart button card, check this out.

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Cute As a Button Cards

One of my favorite ways to include buttons in my cards is as little embellishments for a design (as opposed to a focal shape or feature). A couple buttons at the corners of a card or framing an element in it can add a really cute touch. Don't feel tied down to the specific list of materials here but take inspiration from this great idea. For another great simple button embellishment idea, check this out.

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Button Floral Cards

I love the idea of using a button for the center of a flower. Consider different types of flowers and different types of material, such as fabric. Flowers are a wonderful addition to a number of greeting card themes including thank you notes, Mother's Day, Father's Day, spring birthdays, spring baby showers, and more.

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Button Tree Card

The idea of using buttons on a tree is a really creative idea. I love the bright green buttons for spring, but you can easily create a fall tree, too. The artist tied the buttons in place with ribbon. You can glue or sew your button on instead. I love the simple embossed "thanks." This is not a tutorial, but the artist provides pretty detailed information about how she created the card.

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Button Thank You Card

If you want to add more than just a couple buttons for embellishment but don't want to make a shape with them, consider a random design with different colors and different sized buttons. Using some variation with colors and/or sizes may make the design more interesting, though there's nothing wrong with using a set of identical buttons, especially if they have some detail. This modern design can fit any number of messages or themes.

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Thinking Of You Button Card

I love the idea that this artist came up with of nestling the buttons inside cut out holes. I don't endorse purchasing a lot of products for making greeting cards because that's not why I write craft hubs, but I do get a lot of use out of my circle punches. If you don't already own one, think about purchasing one, particularly in the 3/4"-1" size range. I love the way this artist paired different patterns here. The effect is very whimsical.

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Vintage Dress Form Button Card

Attaching buttons to a greeting card is a great way to give them as a freebie or a small gift. Consider ways to attach your button cards so the recipients can easily detach them without harming the buttons. The dress form is a great pairing for this set of vintage buttons.

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Button Ribbon Card

I love the idea of pairing buttons with coordinating ribbons. If you use ribbons for greeting cards and/or other craft projects and don't like to throw away the scraps, this is a perfect use for some of them. If you want to use lots of different colors like the pictured card, consider adding a simple message. For more complex cards, tone down the number of colors and/or number of buttons.

Love handmade button greeting cards but don't want to make your own? Check out Etsy!

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Great Greeting Card Articles

Cute As A Button Greeting Card

Holiday Card Series - Button Snowman

Check out great button and greeting card craft books on Amazon.

Do you sell and/or gift button items? Consider attaching them to greeting cards.

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Comments

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 27, 2013:

That's great, UnknownAuthor! Best with luck with your cards. I hope that you're able to get back into that soon. :)

UnknownAuthor72 from USA on January 27, 2013:

This is pretty cool ideas and tips to go along with my hand made felt and candy cards. I need to go back and start making my holiday or everyday cards again. this was useful and it has brought back some good memories. thumbs up! :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 24, 2013:

Thanks, yogawithbarb! That's great. :)

Barb from Tennessee on January 24, 2013:

Love! Now I know what to do with my jar of random buttons!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 19, 2013:

Thanks, Magdaleine! Have fun with it.

Magdaleine on January 18, 2013:

very smart idea. will try to make some :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 15, 2013:

overthetopcreative, love it! That put a smile on my face today. Have fun making your button cards!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 15, 2013:

These are amazing. i will be making these to share with my friends and family randomcreative should be overthetopcreative...Voted up and pinned awesome...

Sending Angels your way ps :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 13, 2013:

Thanks, ElleBee! That's awesome. :) Have fun with your cards!

ElleBee on January 13, 2013:

these are so cute! i have tons of buttons that are in need of projects to be a part of, looks like i'll be making cards sometime soon!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 12, 2013:

That's awesome, Celeste. :) Thanks!

Celeste Wilson on January 12, 2013:

I love these and love crafting. What wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 08, 2013:

Thanks, JGD Crafts! I'm so glad that you got this inspiration.

Janet Humphries from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK on January 08, 2013:

You have some lovely cards in this hub. I hadn't really considered using buttons like this before - thanks for the inspiration.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 05, 2012:

I'm sure that you'll keep finding more articles over time. :) Have fun with your Christmas cards this year.

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 04, 2012:

My Goodness..I can't believe I missed this hub! It makes me wonder how many others I've missed :0/ Every single card in this hub is just as cute as can be...and you have inspired me yet again. I might have to make handmade button embellished Christmas cards this year! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 29, 2012:

Messkena and khmohsin, that's great! Thank you much.

khmohsin on September 29, 2012:

randomcreative

Your creative home made ideas always inspired me a lot. I read almost you all hubs. In the same way you have extra creative writings skills too that inspire me to read your hubs as they come on Hub pages

Messy from Singapore on September 28, 2012:

Your hub's great!!! I'll start collecting all my "runaway" buttons and start creating some cards. Thanks for sharing.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 28, 2012:

That's great, Southernmapart. :)

Southernmapart on September 28, 2012:

I got a small button collection with a few old glass and rhinestone buttons. Now I know what to do with them. Make cards!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 22, 2012:

Thanks so much!

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on September 22, 2012:

Oh all of these ideas are so cute. Great hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 20, 2012:

Thanks, talfonso! You're right that button greeting cards with buttons that you've made yourself will add a special touch. I'm not really at that point right now, but it's a great option for people who want to explore those mediums.

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on September 20, 2012:

Those button greeting cards sure look fun! Do you know that it also works with buttons you've made yourself? Think about it - polymer clay buttons, metal clay buttons, and epoxy clay buttons all work great for those projects because they add personality!

Anyway, those photos of those cards are as beautiful as your Hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 05, 2012:

Thank you!

Hae Eun Park from San Francisco on September 05, 2012:

Very cute ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 29, 2012:

That's great, heartexpressions!

heartexpressions on August 29, 2012:

Now I know what to do with all those extra buttons I've had hanging around. Great ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 28, 2012:

That's great, whalefeather! You're right that it's a perfect project to make with kids, too. Have fun. :)

whalefeather2 on August 28, 2012:

What great ideas!! Haven't made any cards as of yet BUT have the time now and will certainly be doing some of thee! :-) Great idea for granddaughters to do for craft project.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 23, 2012:

Thanks. That's great. :)

Anjo Bacarisas II from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on August 23, 2012:

nice idea, very creative. the receiver will really like it, this gives me an idea if what should i give to my gf :) HAHA

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 21, 2012:

Thanks so much, slackermom!

Thanks, idigwebsites! You're right that you can use these cards for gifts or to sell. Have fun. :)

idigwebsites from United States on August 21, 2012:

Very cute! I can make these cards with such tips and tricks, and give them as special gifts with friends, or make some money out of making these. Thanks for the great hub. :)

Lisa Palmer from Attapulgus GA on August 21, 2012:

These cards are too cute. Great way to use buttons. Great hub.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 20, 2012:

That's awesome. :)

Alice Hair Bands on August 20, 2012:

i love buttons i have an amazing collection of them

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 20, 2012:

am, thanks!

Tricia, thanks! You're right that it's inexpensive and there are so many possibilities. Have fun. :)

Tricia02 from Georgia on April 20, 2012:

I love this idea! What an adorable and inexpensive way to create a unique and personal keepsake! I will definitely be trying this in the future!

am301986 from New Delhi on April 20, 2012:

Ohh.....I will try...never thought like that..great.. thanks for sharing... cheers

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 13, 2012:

That's great, MPG!

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on April 13, 2012:

Now I know what to do with my collection of buttons. Thanks randomcreative for some great ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 13, 2012:

Thanks Joesy! Have fun with your buttons!

Joesy Shmoesy from New England on April 13, 2012:

Yay!! You have shared some really great ideas. I have always had a habbit of collecting buttons just in case. Now I have my just in case.... Thanks so much for this great Hub! Love the button bird on top!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 12, 2012:

Thank you mamaamour!

peachpurple, have fun with your cards. :)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 12, 2012:

Wonderful ideas on how to use buttons with greeting cards. I will definitely try them on my cards. Voted UP!!

mamaamour from Florida on April 12, 2012:

this is a great idea!! I'll share your page!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

Thank you much!

clintonb from Adelaide, Australia on April 05, 2012:

Wow..this is such a fantastic idea! Voted up..!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 28, 2012:

Thanks Grace!

Gracenduta from Kenya on March 28, 2012:

I like your creativity.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 21, 2012:

I'm so glad that you're excited about this! Have fun with your cards. You are right that we can save by banking on our own creativity. :)

camsydt from San Diego, CA on March 21, 2012:

I found your hub and was so giddy while reading it! I can't wait to explore and make my own creation with buttons! Your hub goes to show that we don't always have to spend so much on several things, i.e. greeting cards, but can save by banking on our own creativity!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 07, 2012:

Thanks so much Enlydia!

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on March 07, 2012:

I love the 3-D effect of the buttons. Very nice ideas, and one-of-a-kind cards.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 19, 2012:

Thanks!

jal on February 19, 2012:

sweet! great ideas. thanks

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 18, 2012:

Thanks Devour, kayyluh, Bella, and alocsin! I really appreciate your feedback.

Bella, you'll have so much fun with your vintage buttons.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 18, 2012:

A creative way to add spark to a greeting card. Voting this Up and Useful.

BellaHeartDesigns from California on February 18, 2012:

I have many vintage buttons, now I have many ideas to use them, thanks for the inspiration.

kayyluh on February 18, 2012:

Really great ideas! I loved the card with the button tree it was so unique and cute. I enjoyed reading your hub thank you so much for sharing! I am excited to read more things from you:) Voted up for sure!

Devour on February 18, 2012:

Wow, nice buttons design. Thanks for sharing.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 13, 2012:

I love buttons, too! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this. Thank you for the vote.

susanm23b on February 13, 2012:

So cute! LOVE buttons! Wonderful ideas here. I really enjoyed this! Voted up.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 12, 2012:

Thanks Sinea! I really appreciate the promo. Will you please send me a link to your blog post tomorrow?

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on February 12, 2012:

Randomcreative, this hub is just so good. Tomorrow's post on my blog, Ducks 'n a Row, is about craft buttons and cards and I've put a link to this hub in it. My readers will LOVE it!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 30, 2012:

Thanks marymac, DreKiss, and Queen Bumble Bee!

Dre, have fun working on your cards this year!

Queen Bumble Bee from My Queendom on January 30, 2012:

Great hub and good choice of pictures. Thank you for good ideas!

Drea from Wisconsin on January 30, 2012:

This is definitely something I will be doing for cards this year. I am going to find odd buttons at a thrift or craft store and get to work.

marymac47 from Franklin. NC on January 30, 2012:

These are really kool!! Thanks fore the share!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 29, 2012:

Thank you htodd and lilingz!

lilingz from Malaysia on January 29, 2012:

Simple but super cute,great post.

htodd from United States on January 28, 2012:

Thanks for the great post..nice

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 15, 2012:

Thanks jtrader! Button cards are a great use for those extra buttons.

jtrader on January 14, 2012:

I have a few extra buttons in my sewing stuff. Good idea!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 06, 2012:

Thanks Jamie!

Jamie Jensen from Chicago on January 05, 2012:

I love buttons and these cards look fantastic! Great hub - voting up. :o)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 03, 2012:

Thanks you tmngo7!

tmngo7 from Minneapolis, MN on January 03, 2012:

These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 03, 2012:

Thanks so much cclitgirl and leann! There are so many fun possibilities for a button collection.

leann2800 on January 03, 2012:

These are really cute cards. Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 03, 2012:

This is a beautiful hub. Now I have some great uses for my growing but odd button collection. :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 02, 2012:

That's awesome, Sinea! I love button wreaths. I may have to make one myself sometime. :) Thanks for the promo!

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on January 02, 2012:

These are all so beautiful, randomcreative. I did a blog post last month on holiday wreaths and, in my researching, saw some very nice wreaths made out of buttons! Voted up and beautiful. I'm sharing it on my blog's fanpage, too. My readers will really love it.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 02, 2012:

Thank you Kris and anartiststyle!

anartiststyle from FL on January 02, 2012:

Very Very Very cute!! :) Loved this thank you! :)

Kris Heeter from Indiana on January 02, 2012:

I love the snail card! Very creative:)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 31, 2011:

That's great! You're very welcome!

GirlGoneSplendid from Dallas, Texas on December 31, 2011:

I am inspired now! Thanks!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 31, 2011:

Thanks! Buttons on t-shirts and tote bags are really cute, too!

Holle Abee from Georgia on December 31, 2011:

Too cute! I've used buttons on tee shirts and totes before, but never on cards. Voted up!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 30, 2011:

Thanks so much, Prasetio! Happy New Year!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 30, 2011:

Very inspiring hub. I love these cards and they all beautiful. Very creative and great idea to make this at home. Rated up and Happy New Year!

Prasetio

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 29, 2011:

Thanks so much!

Prasanna Marlin from Sri lanka on December 29, 2011:

Great hub & Very nice.beautiful greeting cards. Voted up and Interesting.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 28, 2011:

Thanks Edi! I never would have thought of some of these ideas either!

Edi on December 28, 2011:

So many fun ideas! I love the flowers and tree the best :) I never would have thought of some of these ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 27, 2011:

Thanks so much! You'll definitely have to give this a try sometime.

Lilly May Rose from Australia on December 27, 2011:

These are beautiful. I make cards too but I've never used buttons before. I must give it a try sometime! Great Hub. I love your work.

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