I adore making my own buttons, but I also collect them and keep my collection in a pretty glass jar! Here's a couple of quick and easy ways to use buttons to make bracelets...
You can buy gorgeous elastic in all sorts of colours on eBay for pence. Cut a length double the circumference of your wrist, dip the ends in either melted wax or pva glue - allowing them to set/dry - then have fun threading your chosen buttons on.
There's just one rule for this method. Whichever direction you leave the last hole of one button, is the direction you enter through the next. So it might go up then down, then down then up, then up then down, then down then up. This will make the buttons layer up nicely in an alternate pattern.
Keep going until your buttons reach around your wrist, then simply tie a knot and trim the ends, again dipping them in wax or PVA to stop them fraying.
You can also double stack your buttons, with smaller one sitting on larger ones.
If you have one special button too nice to hide among others, you can simply use waxed cotton or baker's twine to wear it as a sort of wrist pendant. Cut a length, double it over, then thread the looped end through one of the button holes. pass the loose ends through the loop and draw tight.
If you use this method you can tie a sliding knot so you don't have to keep tying it on. I shared a quick and easy tutorial for that yesterday here.
Hope your week is full of buttony crafting,