Handmade for the Holidays: Easy Button Ring Tutorial

If you are planning to make all of your holiday gifts this year, then now's the time to start! This way, while everyone else is rushing around trying to get all of their holiday shopping or making done, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your peppermint hot cocoa. Now doesn't that sound good?

Handmade for the holidays

To help get you started, I'm going to "try" to do one tutorial a week from now 'til...well 'til you get a enough gifts made for all your friends and family, of course! I'm not going to commit to a particular day of the week because, who am I kidding, I am not so good with deadlines.

My very first tutorial is super-easy and super-cute! I used vintage buttons for mine, but your buttons need not be vintage. You might want to try different colors as well, depending on your tastes.

Easy Button Ring Tutorial


You need:
* buttons of different shapes, colors, and sizes
* shank cutter (if you want to use buttons with shanks (the little loop on the back)
* E6000 or another strong glue or epoxy
* Ring bases (not pictured)

You can purchase the adjustable ring bases online. Try doing a search on eBay or Etsy. I purchased mine from Jan's Jewelry Supplies.

Pretty Buttons

I got most of these buttons on eBay. You can buy them in lots, just search for something like "vintage plastic buttons." Just don't bid against me!

I also purchased some of these from Miss Vicky's store (Miss Vicky is a local crafter and IndieSacramento vendor:
Funny Pharm
30 North Main Street
Downtown Colfax

Stack Buttons

Play around with the buttons to see what combinations you like. Think carefully about color combination and textures. You may also want to combine different button shapes or use a special button as the centerpiece.

Cutting Shank

If you are using buttons with shanks, you'll want to cut these off so the buttons will lie flat. this may not work with glass buttons but it will definitely work with plastic! You can get the shank cutter at your local fabric store.

Shank Cut Off

Here's what the button looks like after you cut off the shank. Now it can lay flat on top of another button.

Glueing Buttons

E6000 is kind of gooey and it can come out in globs. To avoid globs of excess glue, try spreading the glue on with a toothpick.

Placing Buttons

After spreading glue on the back of the button, carefully place it on top of your base button. Let dry for an hour or two.

Glueing Ring Base

Once you have your buttons stacked, glued, and after the glue has dried, you can glue on the ring base. Spread some E6000 on with a toothpick. Use enough glue so that the ring base will stay attached, but not so much that it oozes all over when you press it onto the back of your buttons.

Attach ring base and Let Dry

After putting glue on the pad of the ring base, glue it carefully to the back of your button stack. Try to keep it centered and press it down so there isn't a lot of "air" in between the button and the base. It should be pressed flat against the button. Let it dry overnight. It should be nice and dry after 12 hours or so and will be safe for wear.

Upside-down rings

Here are the backs of the rings.

Finished Rings

Ta-da! You're done!

Wearing Rings

Now they are ready to wear (or to give as a gift).


goody-goody said...

So cute, Amy! Great tutorial :) Ummm...I might "need" the mushroom one!

Anonymous said...

These are awesome! I could totally see giving these to my peeps for x-mas!
Great Toot!
ps...that's Tiny Yarn Animals side bar things is soooo cool! Thanks for that Amy!!!

H said...

I love buttons too! I am jealous over your collection.

You can also buy rings just like these from Lotta at Mom-o-Matic on Etsy all ready to go.

Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Very cool buttons. I just made 12 of these last night, but used the old school boring buttons. I still like them though. I will have to keep an eye out for crazy buttons like these! Keep up the good work.

candeelady said...

I never realized I could cut off the shank and not damage the button. Thanks for the tip!

Katie Trott said...

loove these! thanks for the tuts!!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is such a fabulous idea! I'll be linking to this!

Andrea said...

Can you tell me where you get the plain ring?

Peptogirl said...

You can purchase the adjustable ring bases online. Try doing a search on eBay or Etsy. I purchased mine from Jan's Jewelry Supplies. (See link above)


Sinclair said...

I really like this tutorial, and I shared it on my blog at http://sharingourgifts.blogspot.com. Thanks for the great information!

The Beading Gem said...

Easy is good! I will be linking to your excellent tutorial in an upcoming post on my blog.

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johannah said...

I linked your button rings on blog....they are so cute

HandMade by MaiZ said...

so cute! i love its!

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Jessica Curry said...

I like those! I wire wrapped this button ring, see here..http://www.currydesignshandmade.com/2011/09/wire-wrapped-ring-how-to-make-wire.html


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