How to Display Your Vintage & Antique Buttons

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Collectors of vintage and antique buttons can collect thousands of these little works of art. Each button is precious and deserves its own special display. However, displaying many small buttons poses design challenges. Buttons can be difficult to see and deserve a display that highlights the character of each. Choose between displays that highlight a single button or several buttons at a time and displays that show off the majority of your button collection.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear circular candlestick holders
  • Display case
  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Felt
  • Crazy glue
  • Buttons
  • Platter

Create a Formal Rotating Display of Individual Buttons

  • Create a formal display if you want to keep your buttons in pristine condition but would still like to showcase them. Gather a collection of circular clear glass candle holders and place a button in each one. The button should be slightly smaller than the candle holder so that it goes in and out easily.

  • Design a board for the back of the glass display cabinet. Place felt over a piece of cardboard that is cut to the size of the back of the cabinet, or cover the cardboard with a piece of scrapbook paper that complements but does not distract from the buttons.

  • Place the buttons you wish to display in their candle holders. Lean them against the back of the cabinet. Step away from the cabinet and ensure that you can see the buttons. If you cannot see the buttons, change the angle of the holders. Rotate the buttons every few weeks to highlight different buttons in the collection.

Create a Button Platter

  • Display multiple buttons by turning them into a piece of art. This option is for those who want to have all of their buttons on display and do not mind if the buttons are not in perfect condition. Go through your button collection and choose ones that complement each other.

  • Glue your buttons to a ceramic platter. Choose flat buttons that sit easily on the platter. Place the buttons on the platter to determine the best look before grabbing the glue.

  • Use glue to attach the buttons to the platter. When it is dry, hang the platter on the wall. Create different platters in different colors or themes. Place three or more platters together in a pattern on the wall.

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