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!

DIY {Nautical Shoes II}

After making nautical rope shoe clips, I decided to create a few more options for my striped shoes. I saw some similar details on shoes this season, which I thought was a really cute touch to add a little nautical to any look. What I like about shoe clips is that you aren’t stuck with one style and can change them out whenever want.

For this project, I simply used some vintage buttons and attached them to shoe clips. IMG_5393_1_c

 

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Follow these easy instructions if you want to make similar changeable clips:

Basic supplies needed.

Basic supplies needed.

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Supplies Needed:

  • A pair of striped shoes. I got these Wanted shoes from Amazon.com
  • Shoe clips (purchased these from Rings & Things)
  • Gold/Vintage/Nautical or other buttons of choice
  • Needle nose pliers with teeth (pictured below)
  • E6000 Glue (not pictured)
  • A disposable cup, tin can, or glass jar

Steps:

1. First use your needle nose pliers to remove the hoop on the back of your button. This may require a bit of twisting and turning to pull it off - just be careful not to bend or break the button.

1. First use your needle nose pliers to remove the hoop on the back of your button. This may require a bit of twisting and turning to pull it off – just be careful not to bend or break the button.

2. Once the hoop has been removed, the back of the button may by a bit rough. You can easily smooth it out with sandpaper or a large nail file.

3. Next, attach your shoe clips to your a place where it will be steady and can be left overnight. I put mine an a disposable cup I had laying around in my craft room.

3. Next, attach your shoe clips to a place where it will be steady and can be left overnight. I put mine an a disposable cup I had laying around in my craft room.

4. Now open your E6000 glue and put a small amount on a shoe clip and just a touch on the back of your button.

5. Carefully put your button onto the shoe clip and tape it down. This will keep it in place as it dries. Do the same with the other button & shoe clip.

5. Carefully put your button onto the shoe clip and tape it down. This will keep it in place as it dries. Do the same with the other button and shoe clip.

6. Allow your clips to dry overnight. Once dried, carefully remove the tape.

7. Once dried, you can go ahead and put your shoe clips on your shoes.

7. That’s it! You now have a nautical detail to add your shoes.

8. Change them out for a little bit of a different look.

8. Change them out as you please for a little bit of a different look.

The options for these shoes are really endless. There are a lot of different nautical buttons, such as anchors, ship wheels, and sailboats, available at craft and fabric stores. Of course, you can get vintage ones like mine at just about any secondhand store or online.

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I’m still feeling the nautical theme, as I’m just getting ready to leave for summer vacation. We are heading out for Hawaii soon and I honestly just cannot wait! I have a lot of things I need to do before we go, but I know I’ll get it done. It’s been such a rainy summer here and we’ve been so busy with work stuff, that we’re really feeling ready for continuous days of sun and relaxation. Hoping to be on beach soon with a Mai Tai in hand!