You might be having a collection of old buttons, perhaps snipped from old clothing or an assortment of spare buttons that came with new clothing in case a button should come loose over time. Good news is; do not throw them away, buttons are handy closures and are easy to replace with just a few stitches.
Buttons are great because just changing out the buttons on a coat or shirt can give the old item a brand-new look, a new focal point and can breathe some new life in old clothes. A whole closet could be transformed just by changing out buttons or using buttons as a decorative element.
Buttons have become a popular detail and decorative embellishment in lots of items. Far beyond being just closures, they can be used to create a pattern or add texture to bags, coats, shirts, curtains, pillows, boxes and wall hangings.
Here are just a few ideas for using buttons to decorate
- Cover a wooden or paper box with buttons in a fun pattern and use it to store coupons, bills to be paid, takeout menus or receipts.
- Add buttons to your curtains or throw pillows to highlight an accent color or add texture to your decor. Just make sure they are sewn on very securely if you have small children because they might mistake them for a treat and swallow them.
- Use small buttons to bedazzle your phone case, journal or sunglasses case.
- Add buttons to a wall hanging. By using different sizes and materials you can create depth, especially in waves, clouds or other natural details.
- Cover a mug or crock to store pens on your desk or items in your kitchen
- Find cheap, plastic cupboard/drawer knobs and cover the knobs with beads and buttons to make each knob in your house unique.
- Change out the buttons on your favorite blouse to give it a new look
- Replace the plain buttons on your coat with large buttons in a fun color or two. There’s no rule that says the buttons have to be plain or match the color of the coat. This works best on trench coats.
- Find a removable wall design to decorate your home and add buttons to give it dimension and make it even more eye-catching.
- Find large, colorful or decorative flat buttons and affix magnets to the back for fun refrigerator magnets or for use on a magnetic calendar to indicate certain weekly events.
Buttons first appeared as closures for clothing in the 13th century in Germany, but they dated back as far as 2600 B.C. as ornamentation. Zippers, snaps and even magnets are more modern closures for clothing, but buttons are still going strong as closures on shirts, coats and as the trusty sidekick of zippers on trousers and jeans.