Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Dangle Fabric-Covered Button Earrings

Last week I participated in the month of crafts that Megan at Brassy Apple was hosting. She had a whole month full of crafty goodness! Want to see what I created to share on her blog? I knew you would! Here goes...

I have a super easy but fashionable project for you today. We've all seen the fabric covered button earrings, but I put my own little twist on it today. This is the first time I've made fabric covered buttons, and I was amazed at how easy it was! Let's get started!


You'll need a fabric button making kit (you can get this at any craft store), a scrap of fabric, paper clips, and ear wires. Tools you'll need are scissors, wire cutters, and a hot glue gun (or adhesive of your choice).

Make your fabric covered buttons by following your kits instructions (it's super easy!). In four more steps you'll have some pretty dangle earrings...

1) First you'll clip off the button loops from the back side. 
2) Next clip off the top part of the paperclip, making a long skinny U shape. 
3) Add a large dollop of hot glue and press the paperclip into the glue. 
Be careful at this step, the paperclip and button radiate the heat very quickly. 
If you have more patience than me, you can use a glue like E6000 and let it dry
before completing the last step. 
4) Finally, open the end of your ear wire by twisting it sideways and
slipping on your button. Twist it back shut and you're done!

If you'd like to go all out and make some beaded dangles, you just have a few more steps and you can add some extra fun to the buttons. You'll need a few extra things for these: round nose pliers, 24 gauge wire and beads.
1) Follow steps 1-3 above. To make a wrapped loop, wrap your wire around your pliers making a circle. Then take the short "tail" of the wire and wrap it around the long tail about 3x.
2) Add the bead and start your second wrapped loop by bending the wire at a 90 degree angle.
3) Make the second loop around the bottom of the bead.
4) Before you finish the loop, attach the button. Finally, finish the wrap and add the earwire.


Thanks for letting me share with you today! I'd love to see your button dangle earrings too so if you make some, please post them on my facebook page!

8 comments:

  1. Hello!
    This is a wonderful idea, jewelry with buttons, to make sure. Thanks for the tutorial, kisses Monica

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  2. SO cute. I totally want to make some! Pinning :)

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  3. Oh I LOVE these! I must try to make a pair or two. :>

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  4. These are very cool! Do you have any ideas that i could use to make clip earrings?

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    1. Yes, you can do the same thing with clip earrings...either get clip earrings with a loop for attaching the ones just like I have shown or you can get clip earrings with a pad and just glue the button right to the clip earring. Have fun!

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  5. what size is the button cover kit?

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    1. You can get any size that you'd like, mine are 1/2" in size

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