About six years ago, I made my first DIY wooden buttons. It was rough and far from perfect and I forgot all about it, that is until this week, when I was reminded of this fun endeavor by a post over at the new Twig + Tale.
It was one of those projects that got stuck in my head, and would not leave until I actually completed it.
So yesterday, I went out to our shed, and found a dry branch (doesn’t everyone have dried branches in their sheds??!) and sliced it up with my single bevel compound miter saw. The branch I had was fairly large in diameter (approx. 3″), so these are giant buttons, which make them even more fun.
I drilled a couple of holes in each.
Then I sanded the heck out of them. This is the part that took the longest out of the whole process.
After they were silky smooth, I rubbed some beeswax into them. This is the first time I used any kind of wax to finish wood. Not sure if I like the tacky finish, opposed to the smooth one of the varnish I usually use. I am hoping the beeswax will be absorbed enough so that the surface will dry a little more.
Overall, a quick and satisfying project. I was thinking these would make such a great gift for someone who sews! Picture them wrapped up with some embroidery floss, and a huge embroidery needle (like the one in the photo above). Super cute.
Have you made buttons before? How do you finish them?