Today we explore one of my favorite creative supplies for dollhouses: Buttons! They’re small, they’re *usually* round, and they come in all shapes, styles and sizes! They are definitely a great thing to have handy when you are making your own dollhouse furniture and accessories and other decorations for the dollhouse.
If you don’t already have a button stash before reading this post you will definitely want to start building up one! You can purchase buttons at craft stores and they do have a decent selection, but it’s the antique and vintage buttons that are most fun and you can usually get in a large lot of assorted styles and sizes. You can find them on eBay, Etsy, Craigslist…sometimes even nice bags of them at the thrift stores and flea markets.
Here’s our favorite ideas for using buttons for dollhouse furniture and accessories:
Wall Clock: Saw this on Pinterest but it didn’t unfortunately link to a tutorial to give the blogger proper credit, but basically they took a large flat button, and then printed out a circle shaped clock face onto paper – glued it to the button and voila! Lovely wall clock!
Small Mirrors: You can use large flat buttons to also make little mirrors – maybe one for the bathroom or a small bedroom. Just cut out a reflective shiny material and attach to the button!
Photo Frames: Just like you do with the wall clock and the mirror, you could use buttons to make photo frames to showcase photos or artwork on the walls of your dollhouse. Just print out photos or art and you’ll have lovely pieces to display on the walls.
Plates & Serving Dishes: Buttons could work great for bowls or plates, and if there are holes, you could always fill and sand down with wood putty and re-paint.
Button Sculptures: What can you make when you stack up buttons of assorted shapes and sizes and glue them together? You could make a vase, a lamp base…all sorts of things!
Furniture Legs: Round buttons could be used for the bottoms of couches, or you could glue and stack buttons together to make button table legs.
Wheels: They are round and perfect for bikes, wagons and more!
End Tables & Stools: You could use buttons for the base of a table, an end table, or for stools for miniature figures to sit on!
There are so many fun things you can do with buttons for your dollhouse! As we think of more ideas we will definitely be adding them to our list!
Do you have any fun creative ideas for buttons? Tell us your dollhouse button ideas in the comments section below!