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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Fun idea! Thank you for posting this great tutorial smile
Shelley  |  Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 11:39 AM
What a truly awesome tutorial. I am sure to use this one. Thanks for sharing!
Pam  |  Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Many thanks for your great tutorial. Love the idea
Pam Shield  |  Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 2:44 AM

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