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Button Greeting Cards Part 2: 14 More Ideas for Handmade Homemade Card Making

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My first button greeting card article has been so well received that I decided to create a part 2. Even after I published the first article, I continued to save great button card ideas on Pinterest. I now have lots of new cards to share for this second article. I'm sure that many of you are here because you already craft frequently with buttons and are always on the lookout for new inspiration. If you haven't experimented with buttons before, give it a try. They are inexpensive and have so many possibilities.

Please note that unless indicated otherwise, all tutorials, patterns, and ideas in this article are for personal use only. Please respect artist copyright and contact artists directly if you are interested in selling your creations. Thank you and happy crafting!

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Gumball Machine

This is one of those ideas that is so awesome that I wish that I'd thought of it. The gumball machine is such a classic, nostalgic image, and the buttons add just the right amount of whimsy to it. Several scrapbook/card supply companies do sell gumball machine templates. Of course you can also create your own. This is a great option for a birthday card or an all-purpose card.

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Cupcakes

I found a few different examples of cupcake button cards. Some have buttons covering the entire top of the cupcake while others use a single button for a cupcake topper, like a little cherry. There are other fun possibilities for using buttons to decorate cupcakes as well, such as creating a patterned embellishment (stripes, random dots, etc.) on the bottom part of the cupcake. Of course this is another natural choice for birthday cards, but don't let that limit you.

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Rainbow

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective. Using buttons to create a rainbow is no exception. Create a fun, carefree greeting for a friend or make a set of St. Patrick's Day cards. Feel free to experiment with different colors for your rainbow.

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Baby Rattle

I have created baby cards with buttons for baby carriage wheels before, but I had never thought to use a button for a rattle. Keep it simple with a single rattle or create a handful of them. Of course you can customize the colors for this concept for a boy or a girl or you can keep it gender neutral with a beautiful yellow or green theme.

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Christmas/Winter Tree

I presented a few seasonal cards in my first button card article, but I had to revisit this. There are so many fun button cards out there for holidays, particularly Christmas. One of the best parts about the tree design is that you can use it any time during the winter and not strictly at Christmas. Consider winter wedding showers, baby showers, birthdays, and more.

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Balloons

Add a new visual element to one of your classic balloon card designs with buttons. Let a single balloon stand alone or create a colorful bunch of them. Balloons are a perfect choice for birthdays and other celebrations, including graduations and weddings.

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In Place of Words

I found this card through Pinterest and cannot find a link to the original post, just the blog. However, the concept is pretty self-explanatory. The Valentine's Day message pictured is a classic, but of course you can customize this any way you like for any occasion.

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Butterfly

This butterfly has so much visual appeal with the button middle, toilet paper roll wings, and different patterned papers for the wings. I like the contrasting background paper, too. One option to consider for your butterflies is that butterfly imagery is often paired with messages about flying high, letting your wings soar, the sky's the limit, etc.

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Quilt

I first came across quilt cards when I became interested in sewing with paper. Whether or not you choose to sew your paper quilts (gluing works just fine, too), the buttons add a sweet touch. I've had fun picking out papers for quilts that coordinate with different seasons and holidays.

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Ice Cream Cone

This concept is very similar to the cupcake. I could not find a tutorial for this and have provided an example from Etsy instead. The concept is pretty straight forward so you shouldn't have any trouble putting it together on your own. This would be a fun image to use for summer birthday party invitations.

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Birds Revisited

I included one bird example in my first button card article. It didn't include a tutorial, and I've since found several more bird cards with more information. So I'm returning to this idea. All of the bird button cards that I've found are so darn cute. These little guys are great for spring, Mother's Day, and baby showers.

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Initial(s)

Letter projects are another idea that I'd never even considered before I started using Pinterest. Now it seems like every where I look, I find another idea. These cards are no exception. Personalize a graduation gift card or the gift of a check for a wedding with a letter card and/or envelope.

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Shirt Buttons

I couldn't find a full greeting card with the shirt button idea, but you can get the concept from this sweet vintage button card. I found a number of vintage cards similar to this one. You can continue the vintage theme with your own card or modernize the concept. For Father's Day, consider taking the classic dress shirt card idea and add a little extra detail with real buttons. (Check out the shirt example link below. That card is pretty girly, but you can change the colors around for Dad.)

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Bingo Card

This was another concept where I couldn't find a regular greeting card, but it was too cute of an idea not to include. If you know someone who loves bingo, this is a perfect option that can be customized for many different occasions. Again, I found a handful of vintage examples for the bingo card, but you don't necessarily have to carry this theme into your own card. I've included a link below for printable bingo cards on Pinterest.

Tutorial for 3 cards with buttons.

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Don't forget to check out Button Greeting Cards Part 1!

Comments

Lisa Bean from Nevada on October 17, 2018:

Super cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!

~ Lisa

http://kevinandlisaauger.blogspot.com/

Sofia on July 03, 2016:

all the cards are great and they are amazing ideas!

Fiona from South Africa on May 30, 2016:

I really like the rainbow card. I have so many buttons at home and so many card blanks - sounds like a match made in heaven to me :)

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

Thanks so much Prasetio! You made my night! :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 20, 2012:

Very creative and you are one of the most creative hubber. Keep on writing and share with us. Thank you very much. Rated up!

Prasetio

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

Thanks so much Christy!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 20, 2012:

There are so many great ideas here! Glad to see part 2 is just as great as the first one!

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

Thanks Keith! You're right that button cards are a perfect craft for kids. Card making can be a fun family activity, especially for Christmas and the popular kid holidays like Valentine's Day.

KDuBarry03 on May 20, 2012:

This is such a fun idea! I am really sure small children would love to do this. It sounds really fun and enjoyable to do wth the family for other loved ones :)

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

Thanks so much, Kelley! You should give it a try sometime!

kelleyward on May 20, 2012:

Loved these ideas and the way you presented them! I can't pick a favorite but I think I might try making my own cards from now on! Take care, Kelley

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

Thanks Lisa! The flower card has been very popular already.

teaches, thanks! You're definitely right that you can make a creative card with just a few buttons and that customized gifts are that much more special.

Leah, I want to make my own Christmas cards this year, too. The Christmas tree idea is a great option for that. I'm sure that your boys would enjoy it, too.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on May 20, 2012:

These are so adorable! I want to make my own Christmas cards this year and I love the Christmas tree with buttons - I guess I need to go out and buy a few stamps!

Dianna Mendez on May 19, 2012:

Such a creative look with just a few simple buttons. Lovely cards! I think custom made gifts like this are so memorable and make any event even more special. Voted up and shared.

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on May 19, 2012:

What a nice Hub. These are very cute. Love them. :) I especially love the flower one at the top of the Hub. :)

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

Thanks so much, Sinea!

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on May 19, 2012:

Just love these cards. Especially the Mother's Day card! Voted up and beautiful.