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Weekend Makes: Rustic Wood Buttons
DIY Rustic Branch Buttons

If you follow me on Instagram, you will not at all be surprised by this latest tutorial.  Impending deadlines, a rather empty end-of-January bank balance and last week's high winds combined beautifully to create a number of buttons for a piece I am currently finishing up for a magazine. 

Over the years, I have spent a lot of money on branch buttons sourced from Etsy.  I wish I had realised how quick and easy they are. 


Good branches in the diameter you need for buttons. I used whatever had fallen in the garden, looking for straight ones with a smooth bark and little lichen and moss growth. I found hazel and fruit branches the best, giving a lovely finish.

 A tape measure

A pen for marking depth and buttonholes.

A saw - I used a jig saw for most of them, but also my hand saw worked well.

A drill and a 2mm wood drill bit.


Finishing treatment. I used a natural beeswax and olive oil treatment similar to this one, but if you are going to wash these a lot, consider a varnish treatment.

Vice. Optional, but definitely makes it all quicker and easier

How To:

Lay out your branches. Mark the depth of the buttons you want.  I found about 0.5cm (or 1/4 inch) about right in terms of giving a secure button.

Secure your branch with your vice if using, otherwise hold secure and start cutting the rounds. After a bit of trial and error, I would make a guide cut with my handsaw and then use the jigsaw, but not required if you are of steady hand.

Once you have collected your rounds, use your drill to make holes for sewing on. If you are concerned about making the holes evenly spaced, measure them out and mark with your pen.

Use your sandpaper to smooth the edges and finish as required.

Before holes.

Before holes.

Sunshine and Showers - Spring 2012

collection title


Herringbone collage copy

Lou-10 copy

Owlelly Warmers

Lou-32 copy

blow welly

Brolly ellis
Picnik collage

There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.

6658706467_401a52edf8_o copy

Lou-37 copy
End rainbow




Inspired by the cold changeability that these next few months bring to Scotland.  I've never seen so many rainbows...or so much rain.

These items are now all in my etsy shop, along with all other hats open now for custom orders.  The patterns for the Herringbone and Intrepid Explorer hats and the owl cable welly warmers are also up on etsy.  Mitten pattern, ravelry listings and folksy site to follow.

Thank you all...for your support and encouragement and, well, everything.

Come back tomorrow for a quick tutorial on the rope scarf!!