Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wooden Button How-To

A couple of weeks back I collected some hardwood sticks from around the farm in the hopes of one day soon trying my hand at button making.... Well, today was that day..... With rain bucketing down I sort refuge in DHs shed and set to work....
I used a hand saw to cut my buttons but you could just as easily use an electric type of saw such as a jig-saw. After a little trial and error I found the best thickness to cut my buttons was between 3-5mm (thinner is fine but it just makes it a little tricky to hold onto while sanding).
Your next step is to sand and wax each of your disks. The wax will help to protect your buttons and besides that I just love the way it makes the natural grain of the timber stand out....
Now drill a couple of holes, I went for 2 but you could just as easily do 4 if that's what you prefer, and you're done..... How easy was that????? If you're anything like me you'll be making oodles of these babies and if you do I'd love to hear how you go....

22 comments:

  1. Brilliant idea - yours look fantastic!

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  2. How multi talented you are. They will look fantastic on your knits.

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  3. Now Jodie your just full of super ideas. Will you be selling these in your store as I am knitting a cabled jacket which would be perfect for those!

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  4. What and awesome idea. Thank you, for sharing I can see some of these beauties in my future.

    Kind Regards
    Belinda

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  5. Wow Jodie, they are fabulous. So rustic and gorgeous. I'd love to see them on one of your knits. X

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  6. Great Job Jodie they look Awesome.!!
    cheers

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  7. What a FUN idea -- these would be perfect for sweaters. Thanks for all the info!

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  8. looks so great - I will put that on my list!

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  9. They are simply MAGIC - I love them!

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  10. And this is why you have your own creative store. Amazing and wonderful! I seriously love pretty much everything you produce and wish we were closer so I could purchase some goodies!

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  11. you are just full of fantastic ideas! your buttons look wonderful. for some reason they make me think of paddington bear's big woolen coat.. no idea why!

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  12. Wow Jodie. YOu've done it again! Another wonderful creation. I am in awe. I bet they would sell well in the shop.

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  13. beautiful...I love these buttons, and I've seen them so often...really need to make some!
    xo maureen

    ps...love your blog!

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  14. Love the idea, they would look fantastic on a thick, rustic coat/jacket etc
    Did you sand the outside ring too or just the tops and bottoms?

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  15. Those are fantastic Jodie! I'm sure they would sell like hot cakes in your shop. :)

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  16. Another great idea. Adding it to my list! Kim :)

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  17. Wonderful tutorials! I love your blog and found you through Rhythm of the Home.

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  18. I've made these, too! I love the look. Yours are beautiful.
    I've also used fallen Eucalyptus pods for buttons.
    I am new to your blog and really like it!
    Warmly, Nicola

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