Paper Buttons

by Lynn Pratt

Turn regular cardstock into paper buttons.


  • Cardstock
  • Sanding block
  • Glue pen
  • Crystal Effects™, or other clear drying glaze
  • Crop-A-Dile™
  • 3/4" Circle punch
  • 1" Circle punch
  • Heart punch or other shape punch


  1. Step 1

    Punch five of the same shapes out of cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Using a glue pen, stack them one on top of the other, making sure to line up the edges as close as possible.

  3. Step 3

    With a sanding block, smooth out the edges.

  4. Step 4

    Using a pencil, mark where you want the holes, then punch them using a Crop-a-dile™ or a hole piercing tool the size you want the holes to be.

  5. Step 5

    Cover the top and sides with Crystal Effects™ and put it on wax paper to dry. It should take about 30 minutes.

  6. Step 6

    If you are making circle buttons, make the stack of cardstock out of 1" circles. Then punch out a 3/4" circle and then the 1" circle around this.

  7. This will give you an outer ring. You will need two of these.

  8. Step 7

    Stick these on top of the stack to create your button shape.

  9. Step 8

    You have perfect buttons to match any color you are using!

    Experiment with different punches and hole sizes. Add patterned paper to the top of the card stock stack to get different varieties!

  10. Step 8

    Punch holes with a Crop-a-dile™ and then use the Crystal Effects™ as shown with the heart button.

  11. Step 9

    Use buttons on your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Buttons. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Thanks for the great tutorial. Now I have to go to work on some!!
Robin  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM
I love this technique. I just purchased all the small punches, and then wondered if I actually would use them. Thanks for the thrifty idea and awesome tutorial.
gabrielle  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM
I love this idea. Thank you for sharing. Off to use it.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM
What a fabulously easy idea. I will certainly be using this one.
Margaret Wanden  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM
Now I wish I had purchased the Button Embosslits in the SU mini that just finished. Maybe they will be in the upsoming catalogue.
Diane  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM
Thanks for the button tutorial - looks great. How do you make the ribbon decor around the button?
Darlene  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM
I can't wait to do this! Thank you for sharing.
what is great is that I will be able to match the colors of the project I am doing!
smadson  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM
Oooo this looks like fun fun fun! I just ordered the Cropadile Big Bite! Can't wait to play! Thanks for the tutorial.
Lisa, FairyCardmaker  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 9:39 PM
I just love this tutorial!! thank you so much! Brightly colored buttons are really expensive, so this is a fabulous way to make your card or scrapbook page with coordinating look-a-like buttons!
Marezeedo  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 9:50 PM
Thanks for a great tutorial, can't wait to make some tomorrow.
susie australia  |  Thu May 12, 2011 at 3:37 AM
wow, these look fab! what a great idea x
debs m  |  Thu May 12, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Thank you so much for sharing. I cannot wait to try this out myself.....
Heather  |  Thu May 12, 2011 at 1:06 PM
I love the sample card shown with the buttons. Are there directions on how to make the ribbon behind the buttons and what punch was used for the lace effect?
M. Hunter  |  Thu May 12, 2011 at 5:12 PM
Hi M. smile

If you click to the gallery - I have all the supplies listed for that card - it's all dies from MFT smile
Lydia  |  Thu May 12, 2011 at 5:34 PM
awesome idea! I think I'll try this with chipboard to save the stacking. thanks for sharing
Kim  |  Thu May 12, 2011 at 9:27 PM
What an awesome idea. Thanks smile
Rebekka Reed  |  Fri May 13, 2011 at 8:17 AM
This is so great! I was thinking I would have to invest in buttons for a project I have in mind. Now I can make my own - and in the right colors!
Sue Clay  |  Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM
doh, why didn't I think of this? It is so effective! Thanks for the brilliant idea. smile
Bev  |  Sat May 14, 2011 at 1:51 PM
Great tutorial! Love all the different buttons you've dreamed up, especially the heart. It gives me lots of ideas for me shapes!
Janelle S  |  Sat May 14, 2011 at 7:56 PM
Thanks for sharing this idea. Great you always have a button to match.
Maureen Townson  |  Sun May 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

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