Monday, June 10, 2013

DIY Wood Buttons



Our house backs up to a gorgeous natural wooded green space with hiking trails and creek. It was one of the selling points of this house for us!


But this time of year the trees and shrubs start to grow like weeds and so we had to do a little trimming of overgrown branches. Looking at some of the cut branches gave me an idea: Wood Buttons! One of the cut branches was a perfect round 3/4" and it had the most gorgeous bark around the edge. I love the way homemade buttons can add a real organic feel to crocheted hats and other craft projects. 



I had my hubby cut about 1/4" pieces off the branch. He used a handheld Makita saw and then switched to a circular saw. 



Then he drilled two holes (which I pre-marked with a pencil) with a 1/16" drill bit.



Then I sanded the buttons with a combination of 220 and 150 grit sandpaper. I sanded the edges to get some of the moss/dirt off, but still left a nice dark wood edge.


Then I rubbed a little bit of Linseed Oil (although you could use tung oil, regular cooking oil, natural beeswax, or leave them plain!) over the buttons to create nice wood stain. I also left a couple of them raw as I liked the light wood as well.


I love the way my buttons look on these Button Flap Beanie crocheted hats! Pattern is by Alli Crafts and you can find it HERE










18 comments:

  1. Its a little difficult, to do this, living in downtown Tucson AZ but im sure my dad would enjoy making some of these , for me, back home in Kentucky! Thanks for this simple tutorial!!

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  2. Setting the Hubby to work on some for me when I get home. :)

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  3. What a cool idea! Thank you for sharing. My husband even said he'd help!

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  4. Sarah, does the oil seal the sap in? I have tons of wood and have considered buttons as well, but wasn't sure about sapping, unless the wood has been dried and seasoned.

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  5. Super cute! I am doing this when I come back home to visit in July!(I'm a born and raised Washingtonian! But, currently live in GA, my parents live up on Camano Island!)I just love all of your creations!!

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    1. Also, do you know what type of tree that particular branch is from?

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  6. Very smart! I love your wood buttons! Thanks for sharing with us all :)

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  7. Oh my goodness! how smart is this!! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love the idea. We're in the countryside and we have some of good little branches cut from time to time from my grannie's backyard. Last time, I cut them like blocks for my toddler to play on. But he doesn't like to. So, I guess next time, I can make something like this. ;)

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  9. Wow! This is such a great idea! I love those buttons! I wonder if I could convince hubby to do a bit of wood-cutting for me?!?

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  10. I love these! And I always have leftovers from tree trimming and pruning...

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  11. I love how the buttons look on the hats.

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