- 1 What can I make with vintage buttons?
- 2 Do old buttons have any value?
- 3 What can I do with unwanted buttons?
- 4 How do you display vintage buttons?
- 5 What is the most expensive button?
- 6 How do I find my old military buttons?
- 7 How do you know if a button is celluloid?
- 8 Where can I get rid of old buttons?
- 9 What is spare button?
21 Frugal Uses for Grandma’s Button Box
- Make a Set of Magnets. Bring a cohesive look to your fridge with fabric-covered magnets that go from vintage to modern within minutes.
- Embellish a Napkin.
- Upcycle a Pretty Frame.
- Make a Set of Pushpins.
- Fill a Vase.
- Make a Bookmark.
- Craft a Pretty Card.
- Embellish a Tote Bag or Purse.
But, since women’s fashions in the 19th century regularly included buttons, these are common and not necessarily valuable. Vintage Buttons that are worth anything are typically from the 18th century and earlier as they are considered rare and valuable.
It’s always good to keep a stash of buttons as you never know when you might need them. Alternatively, you can always donate any unwanted buttons to charity shops. The Charity Retail Organisation website can help you to find your nearest charity shop.
How to Place Vintage Buttons on the Cards
- Print out the button cards on white cardstock and cut them out.
- Select the buttons that you’d like to attach to each card.
- Use a pencil to mark the location of each button as shown in photo (1).
- Depending upon the size of the button shank, select the 1/8″ or 1/4″ hole punch.
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Another helpful factor in identifying military buttons is to check the shank, the attachment that holds the button in its place. If you see a shank soldered at the base, the buttons came from an older period such as the 18th and 19th centuries. Civil War buttons also had that mushrooming effect in the shanks as well.
To tell if a button is celluloid, run it under hot water, then smell it. If it smells like Vicks Vapor or mothballs, it is celluloid.
Household waste recycling centre (HWRC) Unless they came attached to your shirt or trousers then household waste recycling centres are a no go for buttons. General textiles, buttons ‘n all, can be recycled at textile recycling points.
The spare button represents all the ways we fail to be good consumers. “Maybe spare buttons are just aspirational, designed to make us believe something about ourselves that’s not really true anymore.”