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How to make a vintage button craft ball

Hi there,
I’m Kerryanne from Shabby Art Boutique in Australia. I’m very excited to be popping in to say ‘hi’ to you all, while Jen is recuperating from her recent surgery.

I’m an artist who loves all things ‘shabbilicious’…. whether that be chippy paint, time worn pieces, discarded doilies or vintage buttons.

I really do have a ‘thing’ for buttons… my collection started with my grandmothers button tin. Then I discovered jam jars full of buttons at the thrift stores. Soon my friends knew of my growing collection and they too looked out for them.

Recently I created a project that other button collectors may consider. . . unthinkable.

I delved into my vintage button collection. . . and used about 100 of them to make a vintage button craft ball.

But before anyone has heart flutters, think of it this way. . .

How to make a vintage button craft ball

Instead of storing them in a bottle, they are now on a hanging ball and I can still see them every day.

Shabby Art Boutique - Vintage Button Ball 3

Now for those of you feeling slightly faint at the thought of 100 vintage buttons being used in this way, let me share a secret. . .
I actually have quite a few more bottles of vintage white and cream buttons sitting on the button shelf!
So, this is how I made my vintage button ball:
-You’ll need a polystyrene ball (any size), I used quite a large one.
I painted my ball with one coat of DecoArt Antique White to give it a nice warm patina behind the buttons. It doesn’t matter if the paint is not opaque.

-I used some pretty crinkled, tea stained ribbon for a vintage look hanger.

-Vintage buttons – the amount required will depend on how big your ball is.


Shabby Art Boutique - vintage button ball 2


Tip: I’ve found the easiest way to work with styrene balls is to rest them in a cup so they can’t roll.

Using a hot glue gun, attach your ribbon hanger and start adding buttons side-by-side. Fill any gaps by layering buttons. I also added a few highlight buttons using pretty pearl sewing pins.


Over at Shabby Art Boutique you’ll see all kinds of vintage and shabby projects… and even more vintage buttons.

Like my printable vintage button cards

Shabby Art Boutique - printable vintage button cards


And my sweet little Pearl, the ‘Keeper of the buttons’ paper doll.

Shabby Art Boutique vintage paper doll


Thanks for letting me hang out here today Jen!

See more posts like this at Shabby Art Boutique !

One Comment

  1. Love this Kerryanne, might as well use those buttons and enjoy them! Now I’m off to your blog for a visit. Hope you are doing well Jen.
    I am thinking of you and sending happy thoughts your way.

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