DIY Button Bracelet

DIY Nautical Button Bracelet

DIY Nautical Button Bracelet

Right now I’m relaxing poolside while on vacation in Hawaii. My husband and I decided to leave the laptops at home, but we caved for the iPad. I guess neither of us could go cold turkey! So here I am working on my iPad and my tan.

Naturally, it feels like summer here in Hawaii. It’s been in the low 90s the past two weeks, reaching higher temps here every day than it ever did once all summer in Ohio. Back home, it seems like everyone is gearing up for the fall. Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends have been busy pinning fall outfit ideas, facebooking pictures of kids heading back to school, and tweeting about everything pumpkin. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fall, but I feel so lucky to be here and allowing the summer to linger a little longer.

With that I bring you my last summer nautical-inspired craft. Here are instructions for an easy DIY button bracelet made with vintage nautical buttons. If you are one of the many ready for the start of fall, you can always make this tutorial using fall-colored buttons, such as deep red, rustic brown, and burnt orange colors. As for me, I’m not letting go of summer until September 22nd.

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Supplies needed:

  • Bracelet Blank. I purchased mine from Rings & Things.
  • Enough buttons to fit bracelet. I had a variety of vintage buttons stashed away, but you can always buy similar ones at fabric stores or find vintage buttons on eBay or Etsy. You may not need as many buttons as blanks on your bracelet, as many of the larger buttons take up more than one blank.
  • E-6000 Glue
  • Pliers
  • Nail file or jeweler file (optional). I bought my jewelers file from Rio Grande

Steps:

1. Pick out your buttons. I chose a variety of buttons that fit a nautical theme.

1. Pick out your buttons. I chose a variety of buttons that fit a nautical theme.

2. Lay your bracelet blank out on a flat surface.

2. Lay your bracelet blank out on a flat surface.

3. You may need to use pliers to remove any hoops or hooks on the backs of the buttons.

3. You may need to use pliers to remove any hoops or hooks on the backs of the buttons.

4. Determine your design. Decide where you want your buttons to sit on the bracelet blank. Some buttons make take up more than one blank.

4. Determine your design. Decide where you want your buttons to sit on the bracelet blank. Some buttons make take up more than one blank.

5. Use your file to scratch the surface of your bracelet blank.

5. Use your file to scratch the surface of your bracelet blank.

6. Scratching the surface is optional, but I've found that it gives it better grip for gluing.

6. Scratching the surface is optional, but I’ve found that it gives it better grip for gluing.

7. Now it's time to start gluing! Put a small drop of glue on the surface of your blank.

7. Now it’s time to start gluing! Put a small drop of glue on the surface of your blank.

8. One-by-one, glue each button on. I glued the larger buttons on first.

8. One-by-one, glue each button on. I glued the larger buttons on first.

9. Then I filled the bracelet in with the smaller buttons.

9. Then I filled the bracelet in with the smaller buttons.

10. Allow your bracelet to dry overnight and it'll be ready to be worn the next day.

10. Allow your bracelet to dry overnight and it’ll be ready to be worn the next day.

This is definitely a quick DIY that can easily be made and worn long before the leaves begin to change. Hope that you have time to enjoy the last of the summer and happy crafting!

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