Vintage Buttons!

My wife’s grandma just gave me her Tiffany Cigar box full of buttons during our visit last weekend. She said she was never going to use them, so I gratefully accepted the gift. The kids already love playing with them just in the box. Then I drew up some animals and pictures that they could place the buttons onto, which was a big hit also. I can’t wait to start using some of them in toys and clothing.


  1. happyenrose
    January 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    good idea, now I know what do to with all my lovely buttons!

  2. Jen
    January 23, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Vintage buttons are my favorite! Love the illustration. I've been using them in clothing I've made from vintage cloth, but its so hard to part with them.

  3. oyo
    January 31, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I love this idea ! Simple and great !

  4. Karumen
    February 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    i also have box full of unused buttons (on a side note, it's always the button i need that isn't there!) i had been thinking of sewing them onto a tote bag of mine...but have been too lazy to do it... hehe

  5. Laura
    February 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Neat idea! I should start saving all the extra buttons that are attached to new clothing pieces.
    Laura in Ludwigsburg

  6. y
    March 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    be my father joel!!!!i loved your designs...and i think your children are luckiest children of the world ever!!!

  7. Kerry
    July 14, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I played with a box like that when I was a little girl at my grandmother's house. A lovely memory, thanks for the reminder of how persistent a simple pleasure is. I'm so glad I found your blog while my children are still very young.

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  9. October 21, 2011 at 3:40 am

    what a fabulous gift - and I love what you have used them for!

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  11. ellie
    June 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    consider giving unused buttons to your local kindergarten or art teacher. i used buttons in my classroom for 32 years.

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