As confessions go, this is a pretty easy one to admit.
I am obsessed by pin back buttons and cloisonne pins; I have collected them for years. The first category is quickly overtaking the second. My collection is growing at an even faster rate because some of my favorite authors give them away at the romance conventions I attend.
I don't just collect them - I make them. At first, I paid other companies to produce them for me to take as swag to meetups. After some research I realized I could produce them myself with the proper equipment. It gave me much more control; I am picky on the paper and the color on the printing. I should be - this is my own artwork on that button. It has to be just right.
Which is what this really boils down to - a button is a tiny wearable piece of art. It is a way for me to collect beautiful and/or silly images that tickle my fancy. Not only collect them, but wear them and display them on my person. But lately I began to wonder with my ever expanding collection...how could I display them at home?
Many of you reading this might be wondering that as well. You've also amassed these crazy little things and wonder what to do with them. I thought I would share with you some of the creative ways you can showcase them as the memorable souvenirs they are. I searched the idea on the web and found these.
If you are the crafty type, purchase the supplies necessary to make a shadow box. The directions are pretty easy, even for those who might be mystified by a glue gun.
I found a frame and some ribbon can make a creative display of buttons as well. This was found on Pinterest.
But I hear you cry "I'm not a crafty person!" You don't have to be. Check out the lampshade discussed in this article about organizing clutter:
They can be used as quirky (but fun!) home decor on a curtain as well.
Last but not least, who doesn't have a few throw pillows in their home these days? Why not dedicate one to your buttons?
So if you see an offer for a button and you like it but wonder "what would I do with it?" hopefully these suggestions will help you out. The buttons I create remind me of the characters or people who are special to me. The ones I collect from authors and other artists serve the same purpose.
Every time I look at them I smile.