I've shared this particular method for making button bracelets in several places on the internet, but never here on my own blog. I thought it was time to change that.
First, I have to admit that I'm quite the lover and hoarder of buttons. If you've visited here before, you likely know that. I don't even know exactly how, when, or why this obsession began; but I'm now constantly looking for different ways to use buttons in projects. This simple cord-knotted bracelet is one of my favorite ways to use buttons in jewelry.
It begins with simple supplies:
waxed linen cord (3 feet or so)
a shank button
buttons with holes
glue (not pictured, but optional)
Start by folding your cord in half. Knot it just below the fold, making sure the loop is large enough for your shank button to fit through.
Insert one of the ends of the cord through a hole in your button from the back. Pull the button all the way to the knot, nestling it between the cords and against the knot (as pictured below.)
Pull the first cord back toward the knot, exposing the hole.
Insert the end of the second cord into the same hole from the front of the button. Both cords should now be going through the first hole - one from the front and one from the back.
While still holding that second cord, go ahead and insert it into the second hole, from the back, and pull tight.
Insert the first cord into that same buttonhole, entering from the front and coming out the back. Pull both cords away from the loop.
Holding both cords together, form a knot against the button.
Repeat the steps to add buttons until the bracelet is as long as you want it. I've found that 7-9 buttons usually works well.
Thread your shank button onto one of the cords. Pull it toward the last knot, but leave it a little wiggle room.
Make a double knot using the two cords to secure the shank button on the bracelet.
Trim the cords fairly close to the double knot. (Optional: add a drop of glue to secure the knot.)
If you use any 4-hole buttons, the same steps are used, just make sure to use the hole diagonal from your first button as your second button.
This button bracelet tutorial on YouTube that I created several years ago will also take you through all the steps to make your own button bracelet.
I love that these bracelets are lightweight, perfect for stacking, and so easy to make that you can create them in any color combination you desire: from go-with-anything neutrals,
to bright and cheery color-loaded.
They whip-up so quickly, you'll have an armful of them in no time!
If you have any questions about this process, please don't hesitate to let me know. Now, what are you waiting for? Go make some button bracelets!
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