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Monday, March 11, 2013

DIY Vintage Button Earrings

Don't you love it when you stumble upon a project that is super easy to make, yet looks like a million bucks when it's done?! A couple months ago my mom and I went to a quilt show where we saw a vendor selling some gorgeous vintage button earrings. I loved the idea of turning beautiful buttons into earrings and since I recently acquired a large jar of old buttons, I decided to make some myself. This project ended up being very simple and it's incredibly versatile...all you need is a pair of cool buttons and a few basic supplies.

Here's how you can make your own vintage button earrings...


  • 2 Matching Buttons (You will want to make sure to coordinate the size of your buttons with the size of the pendant backs that you purchase)
  • 2 Pendant Backs (I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby, 2 different types are pictured above - flat backs and bottle cap backs)
  • E6000 Clear Glue
  • Earring Wires
  • Toothpick
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wax Paper (optional)
Step 1: If you are using buttons that have a bezel protruding from the back, you will need to remove it so that the buttons will lay flat on the pendant backs. Use your wire cutters to remove the bezels.

Step 2: Place some E6000 glue into the indentation in the pendant back. Use your toothpick to spread it around so that there is an even coating on the pendant back (Be careful, because the glue can be a bit stringy!). Be sure to follow the usage instructions and warnings on the glue package. E6000 glue should be used in a well ventilated area.

Step 3: Place the button onto the glue coated pendant back. Make sure that it is centered and is resting in the glue. Allow the pendant back and button to sit on a flat surface in a well ventilated area until the glue has fully dried.

Step 4: Attach the earring wires to the button pendants. If you are using the bottle cap type backs, you will need to remove the jump ring from the pendant back and attach the earring wire directly into the hole in the pendant back.

Step 5: Show off your beautiful new earrings. :)


  1. Very 'perty' twinkles! You're so fun Rebekah!!! :D Thanks for sharing...

    Wow! A whole jar of old buttons...such a lot history in that jar of treasures...would love to see it! Show your jar of treasures, next time. :D

  2. Yeah it's really looking beautiful. Yet Judith I would request you to check linda tahija jewellery you can find great collection of god pendants and other jeweleries there. For more details you can visit http://www.lindatahija.com.au/collections/gold-pendants


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