One of my favorite things to collect and use for making miniatures are buttons! In today’s post, I’m excited to share some fun different ways to use buttons in your dollhouse. You can use buttons in your dollhouse for decorations, accessories and even furniture!
1. Use Buttons to Make Photo Frames
Large, flat buttons are just the right size to be used for making your own photo frames. Simply print out miniature sized artwork or photos and glue into the bottom of the button. You have a frame that you can use to add some artwork or even family photos to the walls.
2. Make a Wall Clock
You can easily make a wall clock for your dollhouse much in the same way you make a frame. Instead of printing out artwork or photos, you simply need to print out a miniature version of a clock face and glue in in place.
3. Create Small Mirrors
Mirrors are another great thing you can make with buttons. All you need to use is a shiny metal surface, such as mirror coated reflective sheets.
While buttons are a bit small, you could definitely do this to make your own desktop vanity mirrors or even a compact mirror.
4. Make a Lamp From Buttons
If you’ve ever made a lamp using beads to create the lamp base, you’ll find the process for making a lamp out of buttons is also very easy to do!
To make a lamp, all you need to do is glue a stack of different buttons together. You could even mix the buttons with beads for different effects.
5. Plates & Serving Dishes
Another great thing you could make with buttons is create your own bowls, dishes and serving platters.
Since most buttons have holes in them, one way to get around this is to fill the holes with silicone or glue and then sand down and paint them.
If you don’t mind that buttons look like buttons, they certainly make for great wheels! This is a great choice if you’re building a bike or wagon for a fairy garden or making a Borrower’s style of dollhouse where the tiny people who live there “borrow” things from the real life-size people.
7. Use Buttons to Add Feet To Furniture
Small metal round buttons could be used for the bottoms of couches to create furniture “feet” that help give it some height.
8. Make Button Table Legs
Another thing you could do is take buttons and glue and stack them together to make table legs. This would give you that “millwork” look without necessarily milling something out of wood, especially when combined with beads.
Larger buttons could be used to make a table base in the same fashion.
9. End Tables and Nightstands
For smaller tables such as end tables or nightstands, not only could you use small buttons to make the legs – you could use large flat buttons as the base!
10. Make Barstools
Lastly, one more thing you could make from buttons are barstools. These are simple enough to make simply by attaching a large button to 4 legs using “skinny sticks” or even wrap the seat in wire and cover with a piece of fabric.
Buttons are so very versatile in the miniature world and no doubt there are tons of different things you can make!
Have you made anything out of buttons for your dollhouse? Do you have any ideas for ways to use buttons for miniatures? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!