Buttons (the type from shirts, coats, etc) are so versatile, you can use them for practically everything. Just off of the top of my head you can use them as toy car wheels, eyes on a stuffed animal or drawing, the center of a flower, a mosaics picture, to make a toy top, to decorate items such as a shirt, for bracelets, necklaces, earings, stringed together to make a creature or person figure, and so many other crafts that I just haven't mentioned.
Below you will find many button crafts projects for kids to create their own cool arts and crafts projects with recycled used buttons. Here are Ideas for Cool Arts and Crafts Projects with Buttons with the following crafts ideas, instructions, patterns, and printables for Children, Teens, and Preschoolers
BUTTON STRINGING for JEWELRY
You can make many pretty things by stringing buttons onto string. 1. To make a necklace, slide your string through several buttons and tie the ends of the string. 2. To make a bracelet, use a shorter piece of string that will go around the wrist. 3. You can make a flatter necklace by slipping the string through one button hole and bringing it back through another. 4. To make a play wrist-watch, slip string through two holes of a large button and tie it around your wrist. 5. To make a ring, do the same with a smaller button and tie it around your finger.
BUTTON PICTURES PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN CRAFT
1. Mother can probably give you some loose buttons that you can use. Take a piece of paper or cardboard and set it on the table. Place your buttons to one side of the paper. Now, make button pictures by placing the buttons on the paper. Use a large button for a mouth, use smaller ones for the eyes, use funny shaped buttons for ears. You can make funny button noses, chins and cheeks. You can quickly change the face by changing buttons. Be sure to use colored buttons, if you have them.
2. You can keep your button pictures by putting a light dab of paste on each button and pressing it against the paper.
Here is a very simple toy that can be played with and enjoyed by children of all ages. To make it, all that is needed is a large button and a piece of string. Pass the string through one of the holes in the button and hack through the other hole, and tie the ends of the string securely together. The string, after it is doubled, should be about 18 inches long. The thumbs are slid in each end of the string, with the button in the middle . Still holding the two ends of the string, one in each thumb, the button is swung around and around. It will twist the string as it is swung around. When the string is twisted quite a bit, pull the hands apart sharply. The string will unwind and twist in the opposite direction. By moving the hands together and apart, the button will keep spinning. You can try painting different designs on the button to see what cool visual effects it creates when spinning.
No matter how many cool toys and games you have, you can always use another one. Mark off the inside of the large cardboard box into 12 or more squares, depending upon the size of the box, with paints or crayons. Each marked-off box should be about 3 inches square. Paint or write a number in each square. To play the game, blindfold your friend with a handkerchief, and raise his hand holding a button, about 12 inches above the box. The object of the game is to drop the button into a square in the box for points. If the button falls on a line, the player gets another chance. After your friend has had his turn, have him blindfold your eyes and you try your skill. High score wins.
Making Button Art Pictures
Button pictures are made by pasting, tying, or sewing buttons onto a piece of heavy paper and adding a few ink lines and bits of colored paper to complete the pictures. Study the sketches given here. Notice how the big buttons are used to make the bodies of the man, the bird, and the cat, and smaller ones for the head, and still smaller ones to make the man's neck, arms, and legs. You may use colored buttons, such as blue ones for the bird, and black ones for the cat. It's very easy to cut from paper the bird's beak and tail and add its legs and claws with pen and ink, and just as easy to fashion the cat's ears and tail and to ink in the cat's whiskers. You may use these button figures to decorate Valentine, Halloween, and birthday cards.
The Coolest Yarn Buttons
These buttons turn out beautiful and they come out as the most unique buttons that you have ever seen. All you do it wrap your chosen buttons with the yarn from the middle hole to the outside rim. All you have to do to close off the button is the lock the thread underneath the button inside the other yarn.
MORE ARTS AND CRAFTS PROJECTS with BUTTONS
How to Make Easy No-Sew Dolls with Socks & Buttons - This craft will probably take less than 10 minutes for you…it is that easy. These are no-sew dolls…that is right…no sewing necessary at all. If you like sock monkeys, but you were too lazy to make them, then this arts and crafts project is for you. Have fun.
Flowers for Mom: Easy to make Paper Flowers with Paper and Buttons- It is simply to make some pretty flowers with paper. Kids love this and what is even better is that they are so easy to make, a child of almost any age can make. You can also do a multitude of things such as mounting them on a Popsicle stick or use them to decorate pictures or cards. What is even better is the fact that these little flowers can be made with only a few items that can be found around the house.
Button Santa Clause Ornaments - Make these adorable Santa Ornaments with buttons and pipe cleaners...and thats it.
Paper Clip Earrings to Make - Make cool earrings out of Paper Clips. and buttons and other items.
Button Leprechauns - Make these button leprechauns with buttons and a pipe cleaner.
Make Stuffed Owl with Button Eyes - Here is a step by step instructional lesson to guide you to sewing your very own stuffed owl.
Button Decorated Elastic Hair Band - Learn how to ake a fancy, button decorated, hair band.
Canvas Button Tree Art - Create a canvas worth piece of art with decorated twigs and branches...find out with the following tutorial.