Monday, October 1, 2012

Washer Button Brooch Tutorial/Scrap-It-Girl October Challenge

This month's challenge over at Scrap-It-Girl is to use at least 12 buttons on a project, so I decided to make a button brooch using a metal washer as the base. Here's how I made it:

Begin with a metal washer that you can purchase at any hardware or home improvement store; several buttons, a pin back, some charms and liquid adhesive of your choice. (I like/used Liquid Fusion, which I purchased at Hobby Lobby.)

Apply a dab of adhesive to each button and attach to the washer base. Once the first layer of buttons has been attached, stack/adhere additional buttons to the first layer to cover any gaps where the metal from the washer is showing:

Once I got all of the buttons glued onto the washer, I decided that a few charms would look nice, so I attached those using Liquid Fusion as well:

Once the front of the brooch dries, flip it over and glue on the pin back, and allow to completely dry:

For a different look, a ribbon can be tied to the pin back to turn the brooch into a pendant for a necklace. Here's another photo of the completed brooch...I love the way it looks with my fall scarves and jackets:

Now for a sneak peek at another button project that I whipped up...I'll share the tutorial next week on how I made this fun bracelet:

Hop on over to Scrap-It-Girl for all of the details for this month's "Button Challenge", and while you're there why not enter a project or two? Here is a photo and list of the terrific prize package, donated by my fellow S-I-G design team member Dawn Lineberry, which will be given away to the button challenge winner:

Tim Holtz Alterations Die Elegant Flourishes
EK Success Thank You Stamp Set (six wood mounted stamps)
Recollections Autumn Brads (112 pieces)
Colorbox Pigment Cats Eye Ink (Rich Ru
stics 6 inks)
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink (chocolate and blueberries 6 inks)
Making Memories Metal Label Holders (6 holders)
Heidi Swapp Clear Stamp (family)
Cloud 9 Designs Epoxy Brads (15 brads)
Cloud 9 Designs Epoxy Stickers (10 stickers)
Stampin Up Buttons 6 (2 each yellow, brown, orange)
Stampin Up Ribbon 4 yards (1 yard each of tangerine tango, old olive, chocolate chip stripe, chocolate chip solid)

Have a SUPER week, friends!



  1. So cool! I love the brooch and the bracelet!!

    1. Thanks, Stacie! I plan to post the tutorial for the bracelet this week, so be sure to check back! :)

  2. Your broach is so beautiful and creative! I might have to give this a try.

    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I want to make one using pearly pastel buttons too...pinks, blues, lilacs and greens...I think it would be a pretty color combo. :)

  3. Oh Becky, I love that brooch! What a great idea.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I wore it to work with a scarf last week and got lots of nice compliments! :)

  4. LOVE these button projects!! I think the bracelet would make an awesome border on a card or layout! Have a great day!


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