Nothing excites me more when I create something new from products other than what they were originally designed for.  Like this fabric button earrings!  Woo hoo!

Last Wednesday, after work I dropped by at Daiso and found this button kit for 60 Baht ($1.90)! With lots of fabric scraps lying around my apartment, I knew I have to have the kit.  Not to mention that it will also tickle my little girls with the possibility of having new pairs – and possibly, possibly in the future I can snip some fabric out of their existing dresses and make matching earrings for it!  Oh lah lah!

I must admit that button kit is the easiest DIY tool around, not only they’re handy but think of all DIY possibilities you can make out of them. 

With Christmas around the corner, these button earrings will be my quick go-to-gifts, for all the wonderful ladies in my life.

And just because I’m into the spirit of giving 😉 I’ve included a short tutorial with pictures!

Here’s what you’ll need:

–          Button Kit (I got the 18 inches diameter aluminum button kit – you can get the bigger one if you prefer bigger earrings)

–          Scrap fabric

–          Earring posts

–          Earring backing

–          E-6000 glue

–          Scissors

–          Small wire cutter or needle nose pliers

This project cost me a total of 120 Baht (roughly $3.80) since I have most of the materials on hand. I just use whatever available scrap fabric I have, but if you don’t have those you can buy some inexpensive fabric swatches from your local crafts store.

To start, gather all your materials (this will keep you from running around your apartment!).  Once you have everything at one place, start with your button kit.  Your kit should come with a stencil – convenient eh? Trace the stencil to your fabric.  And be careful to trace on the ugly (wrong) side of your fabric.  You can even skip the tracing part, if you have a steady hand –  simply hold your stencil together with your fabric and snip away.

Now that you have your circles, place the fabric (pretty side) down.  Make sure that everything is centered, and press over the rounded side of your button.  Wrap your fabric’s leftover edges inside the button, cover it then push your button’s cover tool.

And that’s it!  You’re done! 

The only thing left to do is, to glue in the earring posts to your covered buttons.  In order to do that, you need to remove the hook from the back of your covered button.  Use the needle pliers to pry it…it should do the trick – but in my case, I seem to lack the muscle strength to pry it out using the pliers. So I ended up using a small wire cutter, which came off pretty easy.

Apply a small dollop of E-6000 glue (or jewelry glue) and attach your button to your earring posts. Let it dry for 2 hours before wearing it.  Although, I must admit, I’m a bit obsessive so I let it stand overnight – just to make sure that my glue is dry and the button is totally secure to the posts.

Imagine twelve pairs for $3.80?  Practical mama, that’s what I’d say – oh, and I can’t wait to see my girls wearing it!