Buttons instead of Beads

blue button necklace handmade

I’ve been admiring other people’s necklaces.

Often surreptitiously in shopping centres and other public places.

blue button necklace turquoise aqua

Necklaces like this one made of buttons – lots of buttons!

button necklace blue turquoise handmade

So I made one!

I bought a bag of coordinated buttons from Spotlight and used some embroidery floss I already had. I didn’t have the jewellery fixings that were recommended in the video, so I made do with a couple of silver slip rings and some thin ribbon repurposed from a T-shirt. I also threaded my buttons a little differently. But I was originally inspired by the video below – I just made a few changes as I went along!

button necklace handmade blue

It was a lovely afternoon of playing with buttons. Now I’m itching to make a second one in reds.

You can find this fabulous tutorial at Nikki McGonigal’s blog, Nikki in Stitches

What other colours should I make?

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  1. says

    Tonya- this is right up my alley! I’m always looking for new “bobbles” to wear- but a lot of the designer stuff can get expensive. I imagine you could easily make drop earrings to match! What a great idea- and your blog is lovely! I’ve just followed you on Twitter and Facebook- thanks for sharing! Oh, and I’d be honored if you had the time to stop by my debut episode of Sweet Sharing Monday (weekly party w features!) – http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday/ I hope you have a great day 😀

  2. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says

    Verry pretty! I say a tangerine and gold combination would be pretty, and a navy and green. Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

  3. Suse says

    What a great idea! My littlest is teething at the moment and that would be great bling to wear and not worry about him trying to chew on.

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