Paper Buttons

by Lynn Pratt

Turn regular cardstock into paper buttons.

Supplies

  • 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

Step-by-Step

  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!

    Tip:
    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.

Video!

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

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

You are so clever! How cute.
Susan H  |  Mon May 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM
What a great idea! I always seem to be looking for a button and I never have quite the right color. Hmm, I have a sizzlit button die that I may try this with, that way they are nice and small and the holes are already cut out. Can't wait to try this.
Christine F  |  Mon May 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM
what a wonderful idea - I have never thought of making my own paper buttons before! thanks for sharing!
Stephanie Henley  |  Tue May 17, 2011 at 2:43 AM
this is so cool, I love it! thanks for the awesome idea.
liza  |  Tue May 17, 2011 at 8:06 AM
LOVE this idea! I am learning so many things. This idea can save time and money instead of running out to buy an embellishment (which, by the way, I can never find the perfect one), I can just make it! Thanks so much for sharing!
Dee  |  Wed May 18, 2011 at 8:02 AM
What an amazing and clever idea! It is so simple, yet very useful. Can't wait to try this technique. TFS!
Barbara  |  Wed May 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM
I will have to make these.
Laura Speelman  |  Sat May 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Have been wanting a "tea pot" button .. knew the cost .. cricut an I are going to have fun with 1 1/2 "tea pot" buttons. Thank you for sharing. God is in the details.
MsJoyceG  |  Sun May 22, 2011 at 3:13 PM
Love the idea. Do you have to remove the buttons when you launder the garment?
Rose  |  Mon May 23, 2011 at 8:34 AM
Great video tutorial and text instructions. Can't wait to try this out and the fact that I can use decorative paper to match my card background is very exciting. Thank you for a great idea!
Judy  |  Thu May 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM
Lynn, I loved this project and I HAD to have the rolled daisy by die-namics but gosh I can't get it to look or lay nice, it kind of sticks up in the air, yours looks like it lays flat except for the curled petals...can you give me some h ints. Thanks Barb
barbara ferrans  |  Thu Jun 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM
I love that heart shape...!
Can you tell me the name of it, so maybe I can order it some where
Yvonne  |  Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 8:17 AM
I made these buttons yesterday and they are so easy just a little putzy and getting rid of scrap CS is a plus too. I made about 2 dozen.

I used up a lot of my scraps from the circle die pieces left from the telescoping cards. almost all of the buttons were made from those but I did use other scraps too.

Great idea.

Diana
Diana Laabs  |  Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 4:58 AM
great.
anila  |  Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 7:27 AM
GREAT tutorial! Sometimes all I want is a perfetcly matched button to finish off a card. Now I can have it any time I want......well, within 30 minutes!
Kim O'Connell  |  Sat Jul 9, 2011 at 6:36 AM
Great tutorial! I need hole punches in every size! And, I think it's time to invest in a pair of tweezers!!! Thanks for sharing! smile
Susanne  |  Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Love this! the ring around the circle is brilliant!! great video!
örgü modelleri  |  Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM
Awesome technique,thanks for sharing smile
Jean  |  Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM
This is so cool! I hope to try it soon.
Jeanne Turner  |  Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 7:34 PM
I absolutely LOVE this project! Such a cute way to dress a card or gift up! Thanks for the tutorial, Lynn smile

I may link this as a Paper Goodness feature on my blog soon!
Denise  |  Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

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