DIY: Vintage Button Pendants

As you likely know by now, I LOVE vintage buttons.  I collect them, and have a box full of them.  I love using them in both art and craft projects, and have featured some of my button projects here in the past – like the button bracelets I made earlier this year.  Given my penchant for vintage buttons – and for necklaces/pendants – I truly have no idea why it’s taken me this long to make vintage button pendants. Silly me!

I recently sat down to try making my first batch of pendants, and ended up making over 20.  Yep, I’m hooked!  Not only will these little beauties add a lot of options to my “jewelry wardrobe”, I love the idea of wearing some of the very bits and bobs that I love so much.  It’s much better than the buttons sitting in my box. :]  Button pendants are easy to make, and are so versatile.  And while I chose to pull buttons from my vintage stash, you can certainly use new buttons as well…



Bails (I purchased some at a bead store, and some on eBay – photo above)
Wire clippers
Sand paper
Quick-set Epoxy, E6000, or a permanent jewelry adhesive of your choice



1.  Decide which buttons you want to combine to create a pendant.  I used as little as two, and as many as four. Make sure they’ll stack together well.
2. Cut the shanks off the back of any buttons that have them.

3. Sand off any remaining pieces of the shank if desired.
4. Stack the buttons together and glue them together with your permanent adhesive.
5. Glue a bail on the back of your bottom-most button.  Let dry completely.
6. Wear and enjoy!

Here are some of the pendants I created…







Please let me know if you have any questions, dear readers.  Happy Creating!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:31 am by Pam Morgan | Permalink

    These are beautiful! Nice utilization of your treasures.

  2. Posted August 20, 2013 at 8:39 am by Amanda | Permalink

    Oh My GOODNESS!!! These are so beautiful, can I come over and we can makes some together? I just love them, well done!

  3. Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:09 am by Linda | Permalink

    I LOVE this idea!!!

  4. Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:33 am by Denise P | Permalink

    Stunning! Going to look through my grandmother’s box’o’buttons and see what treasures I can create! Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Posted August 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    Really nice!
    Let’s talk as I would love to get one of these and maybe one for Shirley also.
    Also,loved the sunrise or sunset photo from before; just beautiful!

  6. Posted August 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Katherine Regier | Permalink

    Very Nice!

  7. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks so much! :]

  8. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

    I’d be happy to make pendants for you and your mom. We can have a button meeting. 🙂

  9. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

    My pleasure. Enjoy creating!

  10. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you. I hope you make some pendants. 🙂

  11. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Melody | Permalink

    YES! We can have a pendant making party. :]

  12. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks! I can totally see our KS group making these. :]

  13. Posted August 21, 2013 at 9:35 am by Tam | Permalink

    Love!!! Nice work! I use buttons mostly for making earrings. I will be making these too!
    Vintage buttons are just so artistic and well made they can’t just sit in a box!

  14. Posted August 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm by oksana | Permalink

    Love the pendants!!! So very easy to make, but they look amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Posted August 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm by Melody | Permalink

    I totally agree – they should be shared with the world. :] Thank you for stopping by, and for commenting!

  16. Posted August 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you! I had a feeling you’d like them, given that you love vintage jewelry. :]