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Easy Homemade Mother's Day Craft Project Ideas: Button Projects

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What kind of Mother's Day crafts can you make?

Just a Few Ideas

Greeting Cards


Flowers / Bouquet

Picture Frame


Wall Decor

Decorated Vase

This Mother's Day consider making a homemade gift and/or card for your mother that includes buttons. Buttons can serve as a unique focal point or a fun embellishment and will charm just about any mom. They are inexpensive, easy to acquire, and put a smile on anyone's face. All of the ideas here are relatively simple and are perfect options for both kids and adults. With a range of projects from button bracelets to wall décor, there is something here for every mom. Happy Mother's Day!


Greeting Cards

A homemade greeting card is the perfect way to finish off a handmade gift or a great option for including a handmade component in a gift. There are numerous ideas out there for both Mother's Day cards as well as more general spring cards. Mix and match different components to fix your mom's preferences and styles. Of course, don't forget to include a few buttons!

Cute As A Button Greeting Card



Buttons are an inexpensive jewelry component that add so much character. Mom is sure to receive a regular stream of compliments on any piece of homemade button jewelry. Choose from bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. I have linked a couple resources here, but you can search Google or Pinterest for a wide range of jewelry tutorials if you need some more options.

DIY: Button Bracelet.


You can also crochet flowers and include button centers!

Flowers / Bouquet

There is nothing wrong with giving Mom a bouquet of real flowers for Mother's Day, but she may enjoy a bouquet of crafted flowers as well. You can make flowers out of many different kinds of fabric and paper. A button is a perfect finishing touch as a flower center. Of course you don't need to feel limited to this and can use buttons any way you like for your flowers. Don't forget to put them in a vase or tie them up with a pretty ribbon or string.

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Picture Frame or Framed Artwork

There are a number of creative ideas out there for both button picture frames and button artwork that you can frame. If you spend any time on Pinterest, you may have seen the button initial wall art pieces that are floating around. Personally I think that you can pick one or the other, as doing both for one project could be a little much, but that's just my opinion. Don't be afraid to customize the colors and subjects for any of the tutorials that you use as inspiration for your own projects.


Decorated Napkins

Put together a quick handmade Mother's Day gift by embellishing napkins with button detail. Both of the tutorials here fashion buttons into little bunches of fruit, but the buttons stand just fine on their own, too. You can get more adventurous and make napkins yourself, but there is nothing wrong with napkins that you purchase either. Would your mom enjoy a unique vintage set? Take a little time to scour some local thrift stores. Look for vintage buttons to accent your vintage napkins.


How to Make a Button Picture Frame

Decorated Vase

Keep your eyes open for vases at thrift stores and garage sales or watch for deals at big box stores so you don't break the bank on this gift. Dollar stores are also a great option for picking up simple, plain vases that you can decorate. Alternatively, if you don't want to decorate the vase, fill it up with buttons in a similar fashion to decorative stones or rice.

  • How to Make a Button Vase Decoration
    Creating a button vase is a great way to recycle an old vase and turn your button collection into a work of art. You can even make your own buttons using up scraps or strips of leftover scrapbook paper.

Finish off your button gift with handmade gift wrap.

Add a final handful of buttons to complete your button gift for Mother's Day. Attach a few to simple newspaper or kraft paper wrapping or make a button gift tag. Are you tying up a box package with string? Thread a few buttons onto the string before you tie it.


Are you looking for even more button craft ideas? Check this out!


RTalloni on May 08, 2018:

You've buttoned up this holiday with some fun ideas. :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 09, 2013:

Thanks so much, carter!

Mary from Cronulla NSW on May 09, 2013:

Great ideas Random..especially for kids to do for mums..buttons are trendy @ the the jewellery idea!! VUUABI & shared..cheers

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 09, 2013:

Thanks, Vicki! That's great. :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 09, 2013:

Neat ideas. I love the bouquets of flowers!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 09, 2013:

Thanks so much, Cyndi!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on May 09, 2013:

Beautiful hub and well-laid out. Your photos are gorgeous, too. :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 05, 2013:

Thanks, Kathy! Glad you enjoyed.

Kathy Roeth on May 04, 2013:

Great ideas, Rose! Thanks for sharing!

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

Thanks, pstraubie! That's awesome. I love button flowers. Have fun with the new card ideas. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 14, 2013:

Nice collection of ideas. I have made the little button flowers ---they are so cute. Now I have a whole new group of cards to try. Thanks for sharing these.

Sending Angels to you and yours today :) ps

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 22, 2013:

Thanks so much!

Mat on February 22, 2013:

very cool hub!!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 21, 2013:

Thanks so much, Donnah! You're right that so many of these projects are perfect for children to make for their moms.

Yes, for sure, Carol! Thanks. :)

carol stanley from Arizona on February 21, 2013:

Buttons are fun to craft with especially when you have a drawer of old ones you have never used. Great ideas here as always. Pinning and voting UP+++

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on February 20, 2013:

You always make such beautiful handmade cards. I love the bouquet idea too. What a great project for children to do for their moms. Great ideas, as always. :)

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