How to make button brooches

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How to make button brooches
Seek out distinctive buttons. (Image Source Pink/Image Source/Getty Images)

Being able to make brooches is a great skill to have, especially if you like to give small gifts. You can set brooches next to place settings at banquets, wrap them up and give them as small gifts to your colleagues, make them for a birthday party or teen girl's pyjama party or simply attach them to a wrapped gift as a package-topper. If you are organised and have the supplies as well as your collection of buttons, making these brooches can be quick and easy.

Things you need

  • White satin, small amount
  • 5 cm (2 inch) wooden heart
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • White buttons, assorted sizes
  • Small pearl beads, five or six
  • 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) pin back

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  1. 1

    Lay a small piece of white satin on your work table with the wrong side up. Place a 5 cm (2 inch) wooden heart on the satin. Trace the heart a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) larger on all sides, using a pencil. Cut out the satin heart. This is the front of the button brooch. Trace another heart shape on the satin, remove the wooden heart. Cut out the heart 3 mm (1/8 inch) smaller than the tracing. This is the backing for the button brooch.

  2. 2

    Paint a thin layer of craft glue on one side of the wooden heart, using a paintbrush. Lay the front satin heart, wrong side up, on your work table. Center the wooden heart, glue side down, on the satin heart.

  3. 3

    Clip 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide slits, from the fabric edge to the wooden heart edge, all the way around the heart. Paint the back of the slit flaps with craft glue. Fold the slit flaps to the back of the wooden heart and smooth flat. Paint the back of the wooden heart with craft glue, 3 mm (1/8 inch) from the heart's edge. Center the back satin heart, wrong side down, in the glue. Allow the glue to dry.

  4. 4

    Lay the satin-covered heart right side up on your work table. Arrange one layer of assorted-sized, flat white buttons on the heart. When you are pleased with the arrangement, glue each button to the heart with craft glue.

  5. 5

    Arrange an assortment of both flat white buttons and shank-back white buttons over the top of the first layer, filling the gaps between the buttons on the first layer. Glue the buttons in place. Randomly glue five or six small pearl beads to the front of the button brooch. Allow the glue to dry.

  6. 6

    Lay the button brooch right side down on your work table. Apply craft glue to the back of a 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) pin back. Center the pin back, horizontally, just below the valley at the top of the heart. Allow the glue to dry.

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