Craft Room Organization: Buttons

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Crafting with buttons is so much fun!  In the past, I have used buttons to make hair clips, decorate onesies, make bookmarks, make cards, and so much more.  I also occasionally use the buttons for sewing projects, but I’m much more of a nontraditional button user.  Even with all these button crafts and infrequent garment constructions, I still have a pretty big button collection.

I’ve Accumulated a Lot of Buttons Over the Years

My mom and grandmother both gave me a lot of buttons from their sewing days.  I also have collected spare buttons from every outfit I have bought over the last several years. Additionally, if I have outfits that are not in good enough condition to donate, I remove the buttons to reuse. That makes for a lot of buttons in my button collection.  And before I decided to organize my buttons, things were a hot mess.

How to Organize Buttons: My Favorite Way

Instead of having to search through a huge container to see if I have enough buttons of a certain color or even design when it is time to craft, I spent 30 minutes one day and organized all the buttons for easy access. Now whenever I get new buttons, I get that warm, fluffy feeling of being organized when I plop that new button into its perfect color-coordinated home!  Here’s a pretty picture of how to organize buttons that comes from my own personal button collection.

This container came from a craft store (I think it was a jewelry organizer from Michael’s) a couple of years ago. I like how the inserts allow you to change the size of the space if you have a lot of one color (black buttons, in my case.)   Also, I felt like organizing by color took care of most of the buttons.  I had some childish, plastic buttons which got organized according to theme.  There were also a few multi-colored buttons that all got put in one divider section.

When I’m done with the divider, the top closes for easy storage!

Toddlers Love Organized Buttons Too!

My two year old also loves this button organizer.  I will let her play with the buttons every once in a while (as long as she puts them back.)  She sorts by color, type, etc and enjoys it as much as I do!  When I’m feeling generous, I even give her some of my buttons and let her make her own art.  Gluing the buttons one by one makes for a fascinating craft for her that really works her fine motor skills.

Yay for organization!  If you like organization and appreciated this post on how to organize buttons in a craft room, check out my full craft room closet organization complete with picture of how this button organizer fits in with all my other craft supplies.