Embellishing With Buttons

If there is anything in my stash that I have a hard time using it’s buttons. I try. I pull them out often and try to work them into my pages but it doesn’t always work. There are so many different ways to use buttons so you’d think that it wouldn’t be that hard. I’m not sure if it’s that I need the page to have a certain style or feel to make them work or what.

Over the weekend, I was making a set of embellishments and buttons were the perfect flower center. It had me thinking…as long as the buttons were out, why not come up with a few more sets button flowers as long as I was at it?

I started with some basic shapes. A rounded square, a basic flower and some buttons.

I attached each flower shape with some dimensional adhesive and used glue dots on each button. I’ll be making identical flowers and mixing up the colors on each one. There’s a picture of the finished product at the end. BUT before I had this finished, I already had a flash of an idea for another shape entirely.

For the next one, I used the same rounded squares but wanted circles as the flower base.

I also wanted to add leaves to this flower, so I took my circle punch and punched a circle in a scrap of green cardstock and then reinserted the circle into the punch to get that leaf shape.

And lastly, a quick shot of the embellishment that started it all. I will keep the extra matching buttons off to the side. I won’t use them on the flower, but will have them handy to use as I complete the layout. I’m going to try and incorporate a few more buttons into my design. I have them out, I might as well use them.

Here is each completed set. I’ll be using the last set in a layout later this week but don’t currently have any plans for the other sets.

I’m sure some may wonder why I’d do this ahead of time when I don’t have a layout in mind. Honestly, I just don’t worry about the colors being perfect. I had the buttons out and the idea in my head. If I didn’t create them in the moment I may have forgotten about it all together. I did use neutral cardstock for the first two sets purposely to make it easier to work them into other layouts. And who knows? Maybe the orange/hot pink/navy color combo of the first set will spark a new layout. Hmmmm…maybe I should challenge myself to do just that!

Stay tuned later this week for a fall layout using the green/yellow flowers. I picked these colors specifically to match a layout I’m working on.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Really cute homemade embellishments!

  2. total cuteness!!!!! I have a hard time with buttons too….

  3. these are so pretty, tammy! i’m working with those OA buttons right now. maybe i need to work them into a flower center. πŸ™‚

  4. These are wonderful!! Love that you’ll have your embellishments ready to go! πŸ™‚ Evie

  5. Great embellishments – I have a drawer full of buttons & just might have to make a few of these!

  6. These would look great on a card πŸ™‚

  7. Those are so cool!

  8. So, so cute Tammy! Love how you made those petals too!

  9. Your flowers are so cute.
    I don’t seem to use buttons either.
    Great challenge for yourself

  10. wow tammy! these are so awesome!!

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