Recycled Button Bracelet Cuff

Recycled Button Bracelet Cuff

This project shows you how to recycle old buttons into a beautiful and unique button cuff.

What you need

Felt (any color)
Thread (corresponding to felt color)
Sewing needle
Your button selection
Shell buttons (any shape for filler)
Solid color basic sewing buttons (any shape for filler)
Snap closures
X-acto knife
Ruler or triangle


First, you decide the theme for your bracelet.  I usually select the buttons I definitely want to use first, these are what stand out on the bracelet.

Second, select your filler buttons.  Buttons can get expensive, especially if you buy most from craft shops, so buy basic filler buttons.  I buy a little sack of shell buttons for about $3, (it will last for a few projects) and basic plastic solid colored buttons (I’ll either buy these or save up the extra ones that come with clothing).

Third, cut your felt out for the bracelet.  I usually like it 2 1/2 high, and then measure it to you wrist for the length, then cut using an e-xacto knife and a ruler for a straight edge.

Forth, Sew on your closures on the ends.  I use the snap closures because they are easy to sew on and to hide under the buttons so you doesn’t see anything.

Fifth, start sewing the buttons! ^_^  I don’t follow a pattern I just fill (I dislike negative space)  Obviously, use your thread and needle to so on the buttons.  I usually use the rule of three  when doing this project.  Thread through 3 times and knot 3 times.

Keep sewing on the buttons until you get your desired finish.  I like to keep the underside raw (is makes an interesting pattern, sort of like random dots).

This project can take a few hours or more depending on the amount of buttons you use.  One will usually take me about 4 hours (again me=have negative space).  Have fun with it!


  1. Good idea, but I was wondering if it was possible to simplify this and just use a hot glue gun instead of sewing? I can’t sew.

  2. Thank u sooooooo much….. I had to do some jewellery for my class project and it had to be recycled. I will do this one. Thank u, again!

  3. L♥v this idea. It’s g8t 4 teaching young girls how 2
    sew and be creative. ☺

  4. O my gosh i am so doing this.Its a great idea.I love it!!!

  5. I’m just making it now, it’s so easy!

  6. Love this !

  7. I think this bracelet is just adorable! 🙂
    It’s easy to make and requires minimun materials, too. Would be fun to experiment with different color schemes. Thanks for the wonderful project!

  8. Its so cute and not tacky!! Great for little girls!!!

  9. I loved this idea..we are doing it for the craft at my daughters birthday! I had all the kids bring buttons if they had any…I was surprised at how may moms collect buttons!
    what a great idea!

  10. I love it! What a great way to use buttons and it is so creative. Thanks for a great idea.

  11. It something that you could wear with most outfits. This project will take a while but I think it would worth it. I think that is net and different.

  12. Really cool. think my teenage granddaughters might like this for a project.

  13. I have a bracelet very similar to this one. A dear friend made it for me about 10 years ago. The buttons were sewn to a two inch black elastic band so it streches over my hand. I love it. I’m saving buttons now to make a new one because the elastic is getting too stretched out. lol

  14. I made this yesteday…great fun & i have loads of compliments 🙂


  16. great idea. (short N2 da point)

  17. this is very fashionable, im gunna make it;) (L)

  18. This is really cute!!! Thank you!!! I’m going to try to make it : )

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