How to Make Button Bracelets

Updated March 23, 2017

Do something creative with all those buttons you have lying around the house and make a button bracelet. A homemade bracelet fashioned from buttons will give you the chance to show off your ingenuity and resourcefulness.

Wrap a piece of elastic string or embroidery floss around your wrist to gauge how much length you'll need. Add a few inches to this length and use scissors to cut the string.

Hold a button in one hand and the string in the other. Place one end of the string under the button and thread it through one of the button holes so that the string comes out above the button's top. Thread the string through the other hole, pulling the end so that it comes out on the button's underside.

Move the button along the string until it is positioned approximately two inches away from one end of the string. Tie the end of the string into a tight knot so that the button is unable to slide off.

Continue to thread the loose end of the string through more buttons, sliding each along the floss until it touches the previous button. The buttons should be lying side by side and flat. Stop when about two inches of loose string or floss remains. Tie a knot on the remaining end as you did in step 2 to secure the buttons in place.

Use a double knot to tie the ends of the elastic string together, trim the bits at the end of the knot, and your bracelet is ready to wear. If you're using floss, wrap the string of buttons around your wrist. Ask a friend to help you tie the two ends together in a double knot. Be sure to make it loose enough that you can slide the bracelet on and off.


If you use elastic string and have trouble fitting it through the button holes, use an embroidery needle to push the end of the string through the holes. If your buttons are very small, embroidery floss will probably work best.

Things You'll Need

  • Elastic string or embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • 20-25 Sew-through buttons with two holes
  • Embroidery needle (optional)
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