DIY Jewelry: Fabric Button Earrings

Maybe it’s lame to admit this, but my philosophy when buying things for myself is always, “Can I make this for less than what they are asking?” It’s my little inner voice. He’s always there… sometimes he is wrong. And, sometimes he is right. This time, he was very, very, right.


I’ve seen these cute and crafty fabric button earrings everywhere. Local boutiques, Etsy, I’ve even seen them on friends. When I went to pull out my pocket book and purchase some, I couldn’t do it! At $10 to $18 a pair, I heard that little voice again. “You know you can figure out how to make these for way less! I know you can” And so, I started on my quest to create DIY Jewelry.

First, I hit the craft store and picked up some supplies.


(They were $3. I also got earring backs, which were $1 on sale (50% off), and I used some leftover glue that I had from a previous project.) TOTAL SPENT: $4.

When you buy the cover button kit, make sure you get the one with the mold and pusher inside, not just the button refills.

On the back of the box, there is a pattern to use for your fabric.


Then, before you do anything else, collect the button backs and remove the metal loops. I did this with pliers. If you squeeze the loop, it should fall right out.


Next, using the button mold, you lay in your fabric (print side down), put in the button top (raw edges up), and tuck your fabric inside the mold. Lay the bottom on top, and then pop with the pusher. It seriously took three seconds. I’m serious!


Look! DIY Jewelry!


Last, adhere the earring backs to the buttons.


It was so easy; I pounded 3 pairs out in a matter of minutes. In fact, it was so easy and fun that I was sad when my DIY jewelry adventure was over!


$4 and 10 minutes later, I was the proud owner of three of the most beautiful earring sets ever! I couldn’t be more proud!


Count up your pocket change, take 10 minutes, and do your ears a favor! They will love you for it!

About Emily Louise

Emily is a apron-wearing, camera-wielding, mother and pilots wife who has found her niche in discovering a reason to celebrate every day and enjoying the simple things life has to offer.
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  1. says

    I love these and your site…I have done some bobby pins with buttons using the button covers. This would make a nice bundle pair for gifting.

    Happy Sits Day!


  2. says

    Oh my goodness, these are great.
    I confess, I have the same criteria for DIY projects. I think most crafts I’ve learned have come from pure stubbornness and not wanting to pay a jillion dollars for something I could do myself…including the sugar cookies I make almost everyday!!

  3. says

    You know how they say that everything old is new again? I used to make these in the ’70s, when I was making cute dresses and outfits to wear to work! Yours are gorgeous! Keep up the good work.

    P.S. I see in comment luv that they’re listing an older post of mine– there’s a new one today, so come on by and have a cup of coffee with me!

  4. says

    “Maybe it’s lame to admit this, but my philosophy when buying things for myself is always, “Can I make this for less than what they are asking?””

    A woman after my own heart!!

  5. says

    These look adorable! I’ve never actually been much of a do-it-yourself-er, but these look so easy, and who doesn’t love saving money?

  6. says

    This is a terrific craft! I am a Brownie leader, and we have a Try It called Art to Wear. This would be a great activity! This one is bookmarked.

  7. says

    I really love this project! Great way to use scraps or buy just a little of expensive but gorgeous fabric…adding this to my homemade gift list! Thanks!

  8. says

    I LOVE these!! I have a week off work next week to spend with my mum – I’m totally going to get the stuff and make some of these.

    They’d make super-cute gifts too!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs B