Burning Daylight: Easy DIY Button Necklaces
Another week of daylight to burn, another necklace craft. I know I’m leaving my little boy out these last few weeks but he’s been the one with a million things to do each day and my daughter is the one who’s sitting around a little bored.
This week, we made button pendant necklaces because the girls in the neighborhood liked the paper bead necklaces we made last week and wanted more jewelry. When there’s daylight to burn, your wish is my command.
What You Need:
- A hot glue gun
- Elastic Cord
Button Necklace How-To
Once Maddie arranged her first layer of buttons exactly the way she wanted them, I made our designs by layering several different buttons with a lot of (very hot) glue from the glue gun. Did I mention how it burned my fingers?
Of course, I had to move the buttons around to get the pendant to look like what Maddie was imagining. She didn’t care it was burning my fingers, she wanted her necklace to look the way she wanted it to look. Is it her fault her mother didn’t read all the instructions before embarking on this task? No.
To connect our necklaces I used a little wire, twisted into a loop with a long enough tail to be glued along the back of our pendant.
To make the pendant turn into a necklace I used the same elastic cord we used to make our paper bead necklaces last week. I cut a length to fit Maddie’s neck and folded it in half, pulling the loop through the wire loop on the buttons.
You can see our completed project above, in the delightful photo where my daughter realized I was getting some of her face in the frame. She is frowning, but the necklace is in focus so you can see what we ended up with.
We made four necklaces and Maddie was excited to give them to the girls down the street. We burned around an hour doing this project because we already had all the supplies we needed. On the one hand it’s not a lot of daylight to burn, on the other it makes it a pretty easy project to throw together with your favorite little kid.
It’s especially nice if your kid likes to see your fingers burned and relishes the chance to tell you exactly what to do (at least when it comes to placing buttons).
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Published August 5, 2008. Last updated July 26, 2018.