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.