Monday, August 23, 2010

button bobby pins

Inspired by the fellow farmer's market vendor who made these flower hairpins (she also made some with antique button on them), I embarked on a simple and fun project last week.

I looked through my collection of antique and vintage buttons and picked out some of the prettiest.

Then I gave them a good bath in warm water and mild soap. For some reason my great-grandma stored a tiny sample tin of moisturizing (greasy) hand salve with her buttons. It was in a cute little tin , but over time some of the contents leaked out and combined with dust to make an icky coating on the buttons.

Then I attached the buttons to bobby pins with a few stitches and secured them with super glue. And voila! I have an assortment pretty bobby pins for pinning back my bangs during the 25-50% of the time I don't like them. I love the vintage button pins. I thought about giving some of them away, but I'm not sure if I actually will...

Update: Please note that using the dab of super glue that I recommend will make your button and bobby pin inseparable friends for life. One commenter suggests using hot glue instead, which would probably yield more temporary results. I have an unreasonable aversion to hot glue, so I'd rather use super glue, but you might not, so there you have it. : )

42 comments:

laura.railing said...

Great idea! It's hard to get used to bangs when you haven't had them huh? I often just want mine out of the way. That is a cute idea when you just want them off your face. :-)

Debi said...

Soooo cute!

bfpower said...

I love reading your blog!

schullerfamily said...

LOVE EM!

stefani said...

Very cute! :-)

Deanna said...

What a great idea!

Studio di Mare said...

Perfect! I have a box of buttons that belonged to my great aunt. I'm starting to play around with vintage hairstyles too. These will go great together.

Bridget said...

what a great Idea I recently acquired a huge bag of vintage buttons, so I have been looking for ideas. I love how simple this one is! Thanks for sharing.

Ellen said...

Very cute!!

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

These are gorgeous. The buttons are also especially unique. I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on a button-themed craft post at Lines Across My Face.
:) Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/08/cute-as-button-amazing-button-crafts.html

Anonymous said...

Fantastic idea! You've inspired me make use of all the random buttons collected over the years

Christan said...

These are so simple and classy. I absolutely love them and will love them in my daughter's hair.

You have a beautiful blog.

Lauure said...

Hey :)
Never thought about that but will always until i do it now, such a cool idea :D

(BTW it's actually "Voilà" and not "viola" - that last one isn't a such pretty word in french :P)

Kids craft ideas said...

Love it. Thanks for sharing

Sara said...

So cute!

cclarke51 said...

the tin of waxy stuff was probably to help the thread glide more smoothly...my grandma also had something along those lines in her sewing box :D

melissamevans said...

LOVE this...I have SO many button...I MUST make some of these! Great IDEA!!

Nataly said...

wow.. great idea, and can be done without going to a store to get supplies I barely use! Like a hot glue gun!

Anonymous said...

these are really cool. i take it you meant to type 'voila' - the french for 'and there you are' instead of 'viola' the string instrument...

Make and Do Girl said...

These are beautiful. So Anthropologie-esque. Just added them to my "to do" list here: http://makeanddogirl.com/2011/09/craft-night-t-shirt-scarf-prep/
Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Both my grandmothers had a jar of buttons for us kids to play with when we visited. I bought an old blue mason jar full of buttons at an antique store. I can't wait to go thru them and "borrow" your idea to make hair pins for my granddaughters. Awesome ideas!

groovepress.com said...

This is a great idea!. I just love your creative blog. Thank you for sharing your craft fun.

Anna M. said...

Adorable.

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea. I do a lot of knitting for my great granddaughter - now I can give her bobby pins to match the buttons on her sweater.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful testimony you are as a follower of Christ! I will be praying that God will bless you with His very best for you lives!!!

Susan S said...

Thank you for the great idea. I'm going to make several of these for my nieces and myself.

Paula Marie McCloskey said...

What a great idea! I have literally thousands of buttons old and new. I love collecting them, but never really found a good way to use them!

kelly said...

hi there, i found your adorable project via pinterest and shared a link to them on my blog - http://mindingmynest.com/2012/01/52-weeks-of-pinspiration-week-2button-bobbie-pins/. I made some for my nieces birthday and they turned out so cute. :) thanks for the pinspiration!! love, kelly

ski_addict78 said...

I'm so glad I found this! I made some today, and they are so cute! Way better than the plain ol' bobby pin! I can never get myself to spend money on the expensive store ones though. My mom keeps every single button with every single jacket, sweater, coat, ect so I've been going through and finding all the buttons that we no longer have the clothes for. That way it doesn't matter if the bobby pin gets lost!

Susanna said...

How simple, yet how fun and pretty! Thanks for the idea. I always love a project where you already have everything you need on hand!

Sheryl Fisher said...

Now I know what to do with my jar of buttons. Tks so much.

Trädgårds/Hage-intresserad said...

That was a really good idea! I'll borrow it if it's okay?

Anonymous said...

These are great!!! I needed a last minute gift for my moms birthday and you just saved my day!!! VERY cute :)

Sarah said...

Super cute! I just found your blog and enjoyed my first so much I think I'll follow you. :-)

Sara´s creative WOrlD said...

such a great idea... i am a " button-lover-freak" ;-)

Katie said...

What a sweet idea! I have thousands of buttons...XoXo

Anonymous said...

these are so awesome I love this idea it something that my daughter can do and give as gifts! Thanks for sharing

Devi said...

Brilliant idea.. I'm definitively gona try this :)

Mary said...

I have quite a few fancy victorian buttons. I'm going to do this!!! I love it and thank you so much! I'm going to follow you!

Francine Johnson McGee said...

These are SO cute! I would probably use E6000 instead of superglue as it is less brittle and bonds better. Kind of the best of support glue and a glue gun. I use it for everything and it had never let me down. I do have some Bobby pins which have a pass at the end to glue things on to, but plain bobby pins are MUCH cheaper! Thanks again for sharing, I found this link on pinterest......
Fran

blacknwritereviews said...

I love the little yellow bird button. This is a great way to make bobby pins more interesting :)
- Krys

Heloisa Fitzgerald said...

wonderful idea! I will apply to my life, Thank you for sharing. Heloisa Fitzgerald