Available in an infinite number of colors, sizes, and designs, buttons are as beautiful as they are useful. Try them in these four craft and toy ideas.
Cut one 3-inch and three 2 and 1/4-inch lengths of craft wire. Insert the 3-inch wire through two holes of a button. Twist the ends tightly around the center of the other three pieces. Bend the wire ends into legs and antennae. Add googly eyes.
Thread two buttons onto a 2-foot length of string, then tie it into a loop. Holding each end of the loop, whirl the buttons around to wind them on the string. Pull your hands apart to spin the buttons, then let the string go slack so that they spin and rewind. Repeat the motion to get the buttons spinning faster.
For each, fold over an inch or so of an 18-inch length of 22-gauge floral wire. Insert the wire's long end, then the short end, into two to four buttons. Twist the short end of the wire around the long one to secure the stack.
Glue a button to the end of a cork. Place newspaper inside a cotton shirt, then dilute fabric paint with a small amount of water. Brush a thin layer of paint on the button and stamp it onto the shirt. To make prints on paper, simply use a regular ink pad.
Originally published in the March 2013 issue of FamilyFun