Monday, November 14, 2011

30 Days For 30 Dollars - Day 7 - A Button Necklace

Wondering what 30 Days for 30 Dollars is?? Read all about it here.

I don't know if all craft-y/sew-y people do this . . . but I tend to hoard buttons. I don't honestly know where they all come from. I know some come from thrift stores, I cut them off of old clothing, and I always save the little extra buttons that come with new clothes. But that still doesn't truly account for the amount of buttons that I have.

So today I'm putting those buttons to good use!

A button necklace
Total cost today - 75 cents

For this project I pulled out an assortment of buttons and some crochet thread that I had on hand . . .

. . . a necklace clasp, salvaged from an old broken necklace . . .

. . . and I purchased some of these from Hobby Lobby . . .

50% off sale made these approximately 75 cents for a pack of 16 (I only used 6)

This project is very easy and requires only very basic crochet skills. Really, the only stitch you're using is a chain stitch (good photo tutorial here).

Step 1: String 1/3 of your buttons onto your spool of thread/yarn

Step 2: Chain 40,leaving an 8-10 inch tail. Then pull a button up from the spool and chain it on. Chain 1-3 stitches between each button. After the last button (of the 1/3 that you threaded on the yarn) has been added on, chain 40, and tie off, leaving an 8-10 inch tail.

It will look like this

Step 3: Repeat this process 2 more times - only chain 35 at the start and finish for the second batch, and 30 at the start and finish for the third batch.

Step 4: Attach ball clasp like so:

Repeat on both sides of all 3 chains.

and your necklace should be ready to wear.

Don't want to try crocheting? Here are a few other options - no crochet skills required -

This one uses wire to layer buttons and hold them together - via Little Musings

or simply glue them on to a felt backing for a bib-style necklace - from Little Miss Momma

Total spent:
Day 1: $1.00 Recipe Card Box
Day 2: Free Recipe Card Holder
Day 3: $2.00 Hot Pads
Day 4: $1.00 An Artsy Bangle
Day 5: $1.00 Embellished Pillowcases
Day 6: $.50 Earrings
Day 7: $.75 Button Necklace
Total: $6.25


  1. What a great idea for leftover buttons! Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings, Becky

  2. Absolutely fantastic!

    And a great easier to understand well photographed tutorial!

    :-) Mary Anne