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Easy Button Gift Embellishments

Not sure what to do with leftover buttons? Make these button gift embellishments with expandable ribbon. So easy and fun!

Welcome to the last instalment of the One Item Project Challenge. We’ve had a lot of fun over the past few weeks getting creative with fabric paint and gold leafing.

This week I chose BUTTONS as the craft supply we all had to work with, since most of us already have some on hand and they’re relatively inexpensive. To me, there’s something beautiful about buttons, no matter how intricate or simple they are.

One Item Project Challenge

After going through my rather large supply of buttons, I immediately knew what I was going to do. As some of you already know, one of my favourite things to do during the holiday season is wrap presents.

Throughout the year, I’m always on the hunt for unique paper, bags, boxes, tags and other wrapping supplies, as well as creative ways to use them. I see beauty in the details, and my heart always sings when I’m inspired by a simple and inexpensive idea for embellishing gifts.

Easy Button Gift Embellishments

How to Make Button Gift Embellishments


  • kit for covering buttons
  • scissors
  • assortment of printed and/or solid fabrics
  • elasticized ribbon or cording (I used both)

I had all of these supplies on hand, except the ribbon. I found mine at Michaels. Just look for “elasticized” printed on the clear film that covers the spool of ribbon.

Fabric Covered Buttons for DIY Gift Embellishments


  1. Start by covering the buttons in a fabric that complements your wrapping paper by following the kit instructions.
  1. Next, feed a length of elasticized ribbon or cording through the button back and tie a knot at the end or stitch together (right sides together).
DIY Button Gift Embellishments with Elasticized Ribbon
  1. Finally, wrap the elastic around the package and loop over the top of the button to secure. Et Voila, you have your very own gift embellishments!
Button Gift Embellishment

I like that these gift embellishments can be used time and time again.

Button Gift Embellishment

They’re also the perfect way to dress up a small package for the home decor admirer, sewing enthusiast or fashionista.

Have a container full of buttons? See how I used mine to make Christmas gift tags!

More Projects Using Buttons

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Enjoy your day!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. Shauna,
    I just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration!  You see I have a whole drawer of button kits that I picked up for $1 at a yard sale… they were part of a “lot” of other items that I was interested in but I figured I could come up with something.  And you did that for me!  In fact I have EVERYTHING I need for this project… to include beautiful fabric which just sits on my shelf.  So thank you so very much!!

    1. What a great deal! I used to do a lot of sewing and have buttons galore. It’s always nice when you have supplies on hand to make a project. I’d love for you to come back and share it with us during the Holiday Countdown link party on December 20.

  2. Oh, you clever girl! It’s fabulous ~ can’t wait to embellish some packages! Thank you for inspiring us, Shauna, it’s fun participating in the challenge with you and the other ladies. 

  3. That’s beautiful! I totally love it!! Fun giveaway, too…I may have to pick up my own Chevron Necklace…I love it!!! Thanks for setting all of this up! It’s been a BLAST!! XO, Aimee

  4. Great packaging details! I love the simplicity of the button… now to get myself organized to give this a go! What a beautiful way to present a present! :-)

  5. I visited her site, one of my fave pieces is the “pretty like a bow” necklace! But its a tough call, they are fab!

  6. I had so much fun looking at Lisa’s beautiful creations.  It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I like the dewdrop and crystal drop earrings. 

  7. I never even thought of using buttons to embellish presents, what a great idea!  I love the gold turquoise drop necklace.  Gold and turquoise go so well together.

  8. The golden shores necklace is a favorite. I love anything nature inspired; especially those that are sea-inspired.

  9. I have to say actually the gold chevron necklace is what I have had my eye on.  I love your button idea.  I honestly had no idea they were that easy to make.  It’s one of those things I pass on by at the craft store because I am a visual person and just hated the idea of sitting down trying to figure it out with not very clearly written directions!  It’s so neat how you thought to use them as part of gift wrapping.

    1. Thanks Julie! They’re so simple, and I love that you can customize them based on your gift wrap. They’d work well on pillow boxes as well. Good luck!

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