So many uses for buttons

Many of us have piles of buttons that have been collected over the years. They give you a spare button when you buy clothing, buttons fall off old clothes, or you buy an interesting button but never get round to using it. Here are some projects that I have come across that use buttons in unique and wonderful ways.

Looking for an easy gift to make for your friends or work colleagues. Use cardstock to make up a box - this one is heart-shaped - and embellish with colourful buttons in all shapes and sizes.

Decorate your Christmas tree in old-fashioned style. Cover polystyrene balls (at most art and craft shops) with colourful buttons. Use a Dremel Hot Glue Gun to stick the buttons onto the ball and then add a ribbon to hang on the tree.

Cut out festive shapes such as snowflakes and Christmas trees and glue buttons around the edge. Cut out the centre or fill in with a colourful design. Or recycle last year's Christmas cards with buttons and hang these on the tree.

If you want to freshen up an old lampshade, simply glue or sew on some buttons. Place buttons in a pattern or simply make a random design, gluing in place. In this lamp additional detail has been added with embroidery thread.