Make button bracelets for all of my friends
A while ago I found a picture of really cute button bracelets on Pinterest (where else?). I decided I really wanted to make these for my friends this summer. However, when I clicked on the link to learn how to make them, the page didn’t exist. (Here’s the link I pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/54465476715347743/). The picture didn’t explain how to make them or how to tie them off. It was just this:
I had some hemp left over from a few summers ago and found a button in my (old) apartment that was just lying on the floor. I took the button and some hemp to the church, where I work in the nursery. Sometimes we don’t have any kids come in so I bring things to do in case that’s the situation.
I showed the picture to Erin, my co-worker, and knowing how crafty she is, asked her if she knew how it could be done. She showed me right away! She taught me how to do it and I just tied a quick knot at the end onto my wrist.
As the weeks went on, Erin and I started making bracelets using hemp that my friend Lauren R. gave me. All of the ones I made were for my friends (for my list) or people I knew who wanted one. Erin taught me a way to make the bracelets adjustable and we always had fun chit chatting while making the bracelets. One of the church members even suggested we make sell them there!
I got my buttons from all over. I had some from clothes and so did my mom. My mom’s friend Jane (https://summertimegoals.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/dont-spoil-a-good-story-by-telling-the-truth/) gave me some of her collection of vintage buttons as well. After texting some of my friends to see if they had a color preference, I completed my list of people to make them for.
I decided I would teach my faithful readers how to make these bracelets. Here’s a tutorial!
How to make button bracelets!
This one is for a button with 2 holes like this:
Materials you’ll need:
- A button with two holes
- Scotch tape
And clear nail polish!
Step 1: Cut a piece of hemp about 7 inches long (I don’t measure when I make the bracelets, I just go by what looks right)
Step 2: Loop the hemp through one hole and out of the other and make the ends at the same length.
Step 3: Tie a cute knot by the button (make sure the ends stay even!)
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 on the other hole of the button
Step 5: Bring the bracelet around the strings overlap each other a little bit and tape it to the surface.
Here’s how to make the adjusting part (it’s called the Square Knot):
Step 6: Cut a long piece of string.
Step 7: Put the string you just cut under the four pieces in-between the tape.
Step 8: Lift the right side of the string and bring it to the other side, past the 4 strings.
Step 9: Lift the left side of the string over the one you just crossed over
Step 10: With the string you just put over, bring the end under the right sided string that you crossed over
Step 11: Put the end of that string under and through the 4 in the middle
Step 12: Take the end of the string and pull it through the little space and tie the knot!
Step 13: Do the other side!
Step 14: Keep doing this (alternating right and left) until you think the knot is long enough.
Step 15: With the two strings sticking out, tie a knot.
Step 16: Flip the knot over
Step 17: With the extra string, tie another knot on this side
Step 18: Apply some clear nail polish to the knots you just made (not the Square Knot part) to keep it together
Step 19: Cut the extra string from the knots you just made
Step 20: Tie cute little knots at the ends of the 4 pieces left over
For a button with 4 holes, it’s almost the same thing.
Step 1: Cut a string about a foot long and put one end through a hole and the other end through the other hole
Step 2: Pull a little to create a loop
Step 3: Take the ends of the string and pull them through the loop
Step 4: Pull through!
Step 5: Do the same thing with the other two holes
And then all of the other steps are the same!
Now here are my friends with their bracelets!
1. The first one I made, with the button from the apartment, I gave to Grace. At the time I didn’t know how to close it off without just knotting it so I re-did it after I learned.
2. The second one I made for Bianca. I got the button from an old shirt I had. Erin had shells with her so I tied shells on to the end of Bianca’s since she’s moving to California in a week.
3. Numero 3 I made for Kim, one of my co-workers, who said she wanted a sea-foam green one, which I just happened to have. The button was also from old clothes.
4. The fourth bracelet I made was for Jojo (see last post). Jojo can rock all jewelry so I decided to make her a chunky button one for her graduation. This bracelet was also from old clothes.
5. The fifth bracelet I made was for my friend Nora. I decided to use a tan button I had from clothes for Nora and put brown beads at the end of hers. Her boyfriend Ned delivered the bracelet to her for me!
So day 1 of making bracelets, I did Jojo’s, Nora’s Bianca’s and Kim’s in one shift at the church!
6. Day 2 of button making, I made a pretty pink one for my friend Lauren M. Lauren’s button is vintage!
7. Day 3 of bracelet making, I made Laura‘s. This one is also with a vintage button and I LOVE this button. Very unique.
8. Day 4 of bracelet making I made one for Mary, Amanda, Lauren R., and Jenna. These were mostly two-holed buttons. The first I made this day was Mary‘s. Mary had a weird Hawaiian phase in high school so when I saw this button (given to me by Jane), I knew this one would be perfect for her. It was also the first bracelet I made with a two-holed button.
I delivered it to Mary right after I made it!
9. I made Amanda‘s next. I knew I wanted Amanda’s button to be yellow because it’s her favorite color so Erin let me use her yellow button. I also put shells on Amanda’s.
10. Next I made Lauren‘s and wanted to do green because it’s her favorite color. Erin showed me some waxy thread as well so I thought I’d experiment with it. It also has shells on it. I gave it to her tonight, on her BIRTHDAY!!!! (Happy birthday Lauren!)
11. Next I made Jenna‘s. The picture doesn’t do justice too well here to the color of the button. This button is vintage and a very deep blue and it has tiny cracks in it. I think it’s too cute.
12. For Emily, I decided on black since, as you have read from a past post, she is a very deep, dark person. I gave it to her today at work! Thanks Laura for taking the picture for me!
13. For my boss, Nina, I made the bracelet with a wooden button that my mom gave me.
14. For Hayley, I made the button with the sister of the wood one I made Nina.
15. As you saw, Alyssa‘s button is a beautiful vintage button with one side shiny silver and the other side kind of a dark brown.
16. The last one I made was for my very dear friend, Miranda. It’s a deep blue/purple button.
Hope you enjoyed this post and learned something from it or just liked looking at my decently made jewelry. I’m still learning and having a ton of fun with it. If anyone wants one, just let me know!
And as you know, I’m trying to do the whole thing where I post Twitter names so you can follow my wonderful friends.
- Grace: @_GraceLindsay
- Bianca: @BiancaNicole_yo
- Lauren M: @LaurenMcGrath2
- Laura: @ChiaoBella1
- Amanda: @Akong9
- Lauren R: @Lross2213
- Emily: @Thumbellena_
- Alyssa: OHheyacdubbs