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Use What You Have

April 27, 2009
vintage buttonsA pile of buttons, but none the color blue that I need.   So, I got to work making lemonade out of lemons and:food dye colored buttons
  • threw them into a glass bowl,
  • covered them with blue food coloring and a splash of water,
  • cleaned up the blue that landed all over my counter,
  • covered it tightly with plastic wrap*
  • put it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Rinsed and wala!  Blue buttons. 
I think the saturation and scratches that show up are probably due to age, I have no idea how long these buttons have been in the bag or what they’re made of (picked them up from a grandma at a yard sale).  But the variegation adds some interest to these and I think they’ll come in handy in future projects.  Turns out they’re not the color I’m looking to work with the birds I’m making, so will set them aside for now.

*which I would never do with food, but plastic buttons are “okay”.


  1. This Is such a useful recycling idea, Thanks!

  2. Very interesting and very clever :)

  3. You are so very clever! What valuable and innovative way to use old buttons (thank goodness I didn't throw out all of mine...they can be revived). Thank you for this tip!

  4. Wow, I never knew you could do something like that! I'm shelving that in the back of my brain for future projects.


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