Day 4: Button Hair Bands – a diy hair accessory

You can’t get much simpler than this.  With a great little button-making kit ($3.79 for five buttons) that you can find at any craft store, you can make lots of these beauties.  Its a fabric covered button and a hair band – that’s it.  But, aren’t the simplest things always the cutest?  
The young girls in your life will love to do this with you.  They can make these for many friends and family members as a sweet little Christmas or Hanukkah gift – and do it quickly!  Or, how perfect for a stocking stuffer or advent gift!  I’ve taken you through the how-to on the button making as I think having the photo tutorial makes things so much easier to follow – especially if you’ve never made a fabric covered button before. You can imagine that the possibilities are endless!  The grey polka dots are the 3/4″ size. The yellow ones are 7/8″.

Allie loves dogs, so I though these were super cute.

It was hard to tear myself away from making these because I just wanted to keep whipping them out.  You can use all those adorable little fabric scraps you’ve been saving and put them to good use.

If you want to see more great, easy jewelry diy, see the 24 Days of Glam page here.  This has everything I’ve made so far and will have the entire collection going forward.

Aluminum cover button kit
Fabric scraps (apprx 2×2″ is enough for a 7/8″ button)
Hair Binders

Time: 10 minutes

Here is the base to the button making kit.

Place your scrap of fabric (2×2″ for a 7/8″ button kit) over the base.

Place the aluminum disc (you can see the corner of it in the photo) into the base on top of the fabric and press into the fabric.

 Trim any excess fabric. You want enough to cover the entire button and stay put under the backing.
Tuck all the fabric in towards the center of the button.

Take the back of the button and put it on top of the  fabric.

Press down with the presser until you hear/feel a “click.”

Voila! – isn’t it cute?  Repeat the process with the other button.

I don’t know what it is about them but I LOVE fabric covered buttons.   Wouldn’t these look cute on a gray cardigan?  I digress . . . Get your pliers and the hair bands.

Pinch the hair band with your pliers.

Thread it through the back.  This part can be a little tricky and it helps to squeeze the band so its smaller.  Then, use the pliers to grab on to the band on the other side.

Pull the hair band through the the loop.

Now, pull one end of the hair band through the other end of the hair band across the

Pull it tightly.
Do the other one, and finis!

I will definitely be making more of these puppies.

Tomorrow is an easy, peasy ring – cute as a button.

  1. Anonymous

    These are awesome. I’m loving all your ideas!


  2. These are darling. Covered buttons are just the best. Now if my dear sweet daughter would just grow some hair! I can’t wait for more tutorials 🙂

  3. Marina F.

    I love these hair bands. Great idea. Thanks

  4. What a great idea! I love it and will be making some with the help of my girls. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great idea !! I will have to try it.

  6. anne

    Thanks for all you support and enthusiasm! I hope you all do try it! Let me know how it goes!

  7. where do you find a button making kit?

  8. anne

    You can get them at Joann’s Fabrics. If you click on the words “little button making kit” at the top, or “Aluminum Cover Button Kit” under materials, the link will take you right to the page on Joann’s site. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  9. Anonymous

    These are too cute! Is there anywhere to buy additional buttons without buying the whole kit again?

  10. Anonymous

    Great Idea! These can double as custom tap shoe laces for easy on and off. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Your DIY are wonderful! All of them!
    The lovely photos and your instructions are amazing! 🙂

    I’m in love with these button cover.
    For years I search one of these in Brazil, but can’t find it.
    The website you recomended don’t send to my country.. 🙁
    What a pity.. I wish I could make personalized buttons!

    Congrats for your website! It’s gorgeous! 🙂

  12. ¡Excellent! Thanks for the instructions. I really love them. A hug from the Dominican Republic.

  13. I came across this project last night while looking for a last minute birthday present for an 8 year old girl. I had everything on hand and made a few. They were a big hit!

    • anne

      Maureen, so happy to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! Yay!

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