DIY Button Tacks

July 12, 2012 | DIY

After doing my Button Earring DIY for Say Yes to Hoboken last week, I thought of another (rather obvious) DIY for the buttons I had left over.. how about making them into some really cute tacks for your pin board!

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Pincers
– Buttons
– Flat-top tacks
– Hot glue gun


Step 1.

If your buttons have a shank on the back of them, use the pincers to cut it off as close as possible to the base.

Step 2.

Heat up your hot glue gun (careful if there are kids around!), position your button with the back facing up. Working quickly, squeeze a spot of hot glue onto the head of a tack and press the tack down firmly into the middle of the back of the button. Hold until it’s mostly set.

Step 3.

Wait until they’re fully cooled before using them… then get pin-crazy! Cute right?!

Sweet little sky photo by Ez Pudewa :)


  1. Simple and looks lovely!

  2. Wonderful idea ! It is simple and beautiful, thanks !

  3. Su cute!!!

  4. What a charming idea! And so easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love this idea! I’d like to make a big fabric covered inspiraiton board at home, and it would look perfect with pretty button tacks.

  7. These are so sweet Claire…and I’m tickled pink that you still have the wee sky photo of mine. Such a fun surprise to see it pop up in your post! xo Ez

  8. Stacy

    Great idea for all of the one-off loose buttons! Thanks for sharing.

  9. ffadmin

    Thanks guys! So glad you like it :)

    Ez – haha of course I still have it! It’s a cherished possession :)

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  11. So sweet and easy! What a great idea.

  12. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing these good ideas ! =)
    I made a post about your blog and your creations ! I hope you’ll like it !

    See you soon !

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  16. These are so nice and easy! Now all I need is a pinboard…

    xoxo, Femke
    By Button

  17. Your little button tacks are cute – love your blog here too, lovely! I’ve got this linked to my buttons post too today, for button projects in home décor.

  18. Karen

    why dont you just use earing studs? They as well look fantastic and go perfectly on my corkboard!