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DIY Button Badges from Up-Cycled Materials

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A creative and amusing project that is friendly for all ages. These button badges can be used as decoration, a unique and personalized gift, or even to make a statement. You can use any scrap paper you have to create a wide variety of designs and colors!!

Materials:

Gather your materials and make yourself a work space that can get a little messy.

Gather your materials and make yourself a work space that can get a little messy.

  • Scrap Paper/Newspaper/Pages from a Favorite Book

  • Scrap Chipboard

  • Round Metal Rings (Usually near the leather working section of craft stores for $3-$5)

  • Self Adhesive Bar Pins (Available in the jewelry section of craft stores for $3)

  • Mod Podge or other glue

  • Stamps (optional. but quite fun)

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

  • Paintbrush

  • Small flat head screw driver or similar tool (I used a paint can opener)

Step 1 : Create your design. Center ring around design and then trace outside perimeter. Use a pencil, this line will be erased later.

Step 1: Create your design. Center ring around design and then trace outside perimeter. Use a pencil, this line will be erased later.

Step 2 :Trace inner perimeter onto chipboard. Cut out and glue some additional scrap paper onto chipboard circle. This will be the back of your button.

Step 2:Trace inner perimeter onto chipboard. Cut out and glue some additional scrap paper onto chipboard circle. This will be the back of your button.

Step 3 :Cut around line leaving just over a 1/4 of an inch of extra paper. The longer the better.

Step 3:Cut around line leaving just over a 1/4 of an inch of extra paper. The longer the better.

Step 4 :Cut small “wings” around the outside of the pencil line. Erase pencil line after you finish your cuts.

Step 4:Cut small “wings” around the outside of the pencil line. Erase pencil line after you finish your cuts.

Step 5 :Turn paper over and place ring in center. Use paintbrush to apply thin layer of Mod Podge to a few of the “wings”

Step 5:Turn paper over and place ring in center. Use paintbrush to apply thin layer of Mod Podge to a few of the “wings”

Step 6 :Insert the chipboard circle* (See notes at bottom) into the ring and begin folding the wings over individually.

Step 6:Insert the chipboard circle* (See notes at bottom) into the ring and begin folding the wings over individually.

Step 7 :Work your way around the ring. Use the paintbrush and flat tool to secure each wing onto the ring by folding over and gently tucking under the ring.

Step 7:Work your way around the ring. Use the paintbrush and flat tool to secure each wing onto the ring by folding over and gently tucking under the ring.

Step 8 :Mod Podge the front and back of your button to add a layer of protection. Stick on your bar pins and you are all done!

Step 8:Mod Podge the front and back of your button to add a layer of protection. Stick on your bar pins and you are all done!

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Notes:

  • A clear sealant can be useful in preventing your ink from smearing when you apply the Mod Podge. Some inks you won’t have a problem with, but if it is smearing then apply a quick mist of clear sealant or spray paint.

  • The chipboard circle can be inserted before or after you fold over all of the “wings”. Inserting it after gives a more finished look. If it doesn’t quite fit, just trim it with your scissors and try again.

  • This technique can be used to make more than button badges. Try creating some fun tags, magnets or even hanging decorations. You can purchase the metal rings in all different sizes so be creative and have fun.