Most parents and grandparents have tons of extra buttons laying around and no idea how to use them up. Well, if you've got kiddos, why not try out some fun button-savvy crafts? Button crafts can be educational -- teaching kids about colors and counting while helping to improve a young child's hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Plus, the sky is really the limit when it comes to button crafts. You've got plain old fun crafts, useful crafts and some button crafts even make great homemade gifts. Check out the button crafts below for hours of button fun! SAFETY NOTE: Remember, babies should never be given buttons, and young children should only play with buttons when supervised, since tiny little buttons are a major choking hazard.
Button Owl Art
Of course we had to share this ADORABLE owl button craft project. Seriously, who doesn’t adore cute little owls! We sure do here at Inhabitots, especially when they’re made even cuter with fancy pastel buttons and sweet huge button eyes!
Fruity Button Embroidery Napkins
Perfect for summer, Thanksgiving or as a great housewarming gift (depending on the fruit), these napkins come together fast with just a few stray buttons and some embroidery floss. These easy napkins are also a great introduction to sewing for kids, plus don’t forget, cloth napkins are a very eco-friendly choice over paper.
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this sweet button tree. We especially love how this tree uses a real found branch to represent the tree trunk. Imagine the possibilities of this button tree craft! Your child can make some basic button tree wall art, an awesome family button tree or a collage of button trees to represent the different seasons.
Button Letter Craft
The best thing about this craft is that you can go as ornate or as simple as you like — in a way that works for your child’s age. You can use fancy store-bought wooden letters and hot-glue buttons on or allow your child to simply create some button letters on paper – either way you’ve got an educational button craft suitable for hanging in a bedroom.
Spice up boring old hairclips with single or stacked buttons or use big fabric-covered buttons, fancy shaped buttons or vintage buttons if you like.
Spinning Button Toy
These spinning button toys are perfect for birthday party favor bags or just a lazy, rainy day craft. Fun to make and even more fun to play with, this simple toy will impress the kiddos.
Button Indian Corn Napkin Rings
These colorful table setting decorations really capture the flavor of Thanksgiving OR any holiday you like if you find the right colored buttons. Plus, what a great way to keep kids busy while you’re busy prepping and cooking the holiday feast.
Button Fairy House
Grab a recycled box, some extra buttons and maybe some paint and let your kids go to town creating a unique button laden home for fairies, small dolls or other tiny toys.
This is an excellent interactive craft with buttons and other items you likely already have laying around. And yes, if you make these little button cars correctly, they really do race.
Button Christmas Tree
These tiny trees are super cute decorations for the holiday season and are even nice enough for a stocking stuffer gift. If your child is too young to string buttons easily, try this simple paste and paper button Christmas tree. You might also like this cute button Christmas wreath.
Spruce up an older frame or boring dollar store frame with a simple frame mount and lots of colorful buttons. This makes a cute DIY gift kids can do mostly by themselves and it looks great.
Animal Button Necklace
Let your child’s imagination take over with this fun craft. Your little one can make any animal he likes then wear his creation proudly. This also makes a perfect play date or birthday party craft.
Surprisingly, this crafty caterpillar project can be made without scissors or glue, making it great for toddlers.
Young kids love jewelry they can make themselves, but working with beads can be difficult. Tiny, slippery beads roll away, are hard to strand and can frustrate kids so much they give up on their bead craft. Enter button jewelry! With buttons, your little one can create one-of-a-kind rings, bracelets and more with ease.