Easy Decorative Chipboard Buttons

So here are some fun retro gift tags, that focus on these cute little chipboard buttons I mentioned in the last post. And, here’s how to make them!!!!


cardboard/chipboard sheet (even a cereal box will work)

decorative papers

Glossy accents or Crackle accents

circle  punch


liquid adhesive

Step 1:

Using a circle punch (this example uses 1.5  inch diameter), punch out a circle from both the chipboard and the decorative paper

Step 2:

Adhere the decorative circle punch out to the chipboard circle using liquid adhesive. Make sure that the adhesive goes all the way to the edges, and that the decorative circle is sealed down completely. Allow to dry. Once dry, apply Glossy Accents or Crackle Accents according to package directions. Try to avoid too thin or too much of an application, and avoid air bubbles. If you want, this would be a good time to sprinkle a bit of glitter over the gloss, as it will dry into the gloss. Set aside to dry-drying times may vary due to the thickness of the application. A heat tool may be used, but just be careful not to overheat, making the product “bubble.”

Step 3:

Here is an example of a button using Crackle Accents. Once the product is dry, this is the time to punch 2 holes in the center with a Crop-a-dile to make a button:

or you can insert a large eyelet, making more of a decorative disc:

Wouldn’t these little discs be cute with a string to close an envelope?

And, you’re done! Easy, and super fun. And, you can customize them for any project. Try them with other shaped punches! How about squares?

Here’s a close-up of the tags I made using these little buttons as the focal point…

For this tag, I took a retro Christmas label, and punched out the top of Santa. Using the steps above, I created a disc, then re-positioned the disc using a dimensional adhesive dot, over Santa’s body.

Here is that same technique on this antique doll tag:

And, a smaller reindeer tag:

Here’s a tip-find an assortment of papers, representing many colors/holidays, and make an assembly line. These are a great go-to accent for most any project!

Have a wonderful crafty weekend! Let me know how many you make!


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