Using Buttons for Earring Packaging

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Using Buttons for Earring Packaging Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Buttons can be a fun item for earring packaging.

They can serve as a sort of “earring card” if you put the earwires or posts through the button’s holes.

buttons for jewelry packaging

I raided my Mom’s button stash for the photos in this post!

Using buttons this way can also keep a pair of earrings nicely rounded up during travel or shipping (earrings love to move around inside their gift boxes whenever they have the chance!).

Buttons for organizing earrings

You can use 2-hole or 4-hole buttons. If you’ll be hanging earwires (instead of straight posts) in the button holes, make sure the holes aren’t too far in from the edge of the button or you may have trouble getting the earwire through.

Buttons can add a memorable, handmade touch to your packaging – especially if they’re a good match with the style of jewelry you make.

For example, you might use vintage buttons as packaging for Victorian-style earrings.

And for keeping your own earring pairs together at home, buttons are a great solution!

keep earring pairs together

(Note:Β  The only earrings made by me in this post are the pair on the bright red button.Β  All other earrings pictured above I’ve purchased from other artists over the years – and I wear them all the time!)

Rena Klingenberg

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  • Neha says:

    This is such a great idea. I could have never thought of that. I will definitely use the buttons for my earrings

  • Thanks, Neha! I find it’s a really simple way to keep pairs together if you keep them in a jewelry box.

  • Ann Nolen says:

    Rena, very clever.
    I recently stumbled across a website (Woodworks Ltd) that sells unfinished wood buttons for very cheap prices in bulk. Stamp them with a cute rubber stamp and you could have some very cute branding too.
    Ann at

  • Elena A says:

    What a clever idea!!!
    I love buttons and I have lots of odds of every color (I kind of collect them and sometimes I use them in my jewelry), I will definitely use them for my earrings, thank you so much for sharing!

  • Fabulous! You’re so imaginative, Rena.

  • Michelle L. says:

    Oh. Em. Gee! Loooove this idea, what a simple, brilliant little invention. Thanks for the great tip, Rena!

  • So smart. My girls are always misplacing their earrings. I think the buttons will look so cute they will want to put them in to keep them together.

  • Karima says:

    What a great idea for packaging! – I saw this idea in a mag for when going on holiday to keep your earrings safe!

  • Well, what a fabulous idea! I’m going to link your post up to our blog FB page. Thanks for this awesome tip! πŸ™‚

  • Hilary says:

    What a neat idea! I’m not doing much in my jewelry-making business lately, but this idea may also be useful keeping earrings stored in some way cool and creative! My daughter has been on me to help her find a way to keep all her earrings organized and this may just be the trick. Thank you for sharing!

  • angie says:

    how cute love the earrings my daughter often sports this style.

  • Great idea – am sending my sister a bunch of buttons for her earrings! Joining from Inspire Me Monday.

  • What a great idea – I have so many great buttons. Gosh you could give a pair of earrings so many different looks. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  • Great idea! I love that you repurposed buttons. Have a great week!

  • i think that’s such a great idea! now, to find buttons and to remember to do this when travelling!

  • Gail says:

    What a great idea. I’m always wondering how to keep my jewelry more organized. Thanks for this clever idea. Gail

  • Elise says:

    Great idea!

  • Christine says:

    This is so creative!!! I never would have thought of this! All my earrings are jumbled together in one big box. Now I’ll have to go find my button collection…

  • Kathy Moody says:

    That is the most clever idea! I love it. Stopping by from Time Travel Thurs.

  • Baye says:

    Great idea!

  • Great idea! Perfect for my jewelery box which is just a drawer. I’m always frustrated trying to find a match. Thank you!

  • Linda says:

    I just said to myself the ones on the red button are my favorite and then I looked and saw those were the ones you made! Beautiful!!!!!!

  • What a clever idea. I saw it on Whatever You Want Wednesday as I was adding my shoe card. I am already a subscriber on your blog. You have great ideas. This would even be great for displaying earrings.

  • Honey says:

    Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  • Susy says:

    What a clever idea! Buttons and earrings ~ I can do that!

  • Piper says:

    Now, how smart is that!!

  • Michelle says:

    Wonderful idea! Perfect for traveling and not loosing one earring. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Danni Baird says:

    Wow! That is really clever and I can’t believe I haven’t seen this before! Good for you! And the earrings that you made are fabulous!

  • What a darling idea! Great way to keep earrings together in a jewelry box or display! Wish I’d thought of this πŸ˜‰

  • Love this idea!!!!!

  • Linda says:

    Great idea. Love it. I’m going to start doing this with my small number of earrings. I keep buying them and losing them. Best wishes, Linda

  • becolorful says:

    Such an awesome idea. I’m going to have to remember this for the next time we travel.

  • Caren says:

    What a smart idea! I can’t wait to start organizing my mess of earrings.

  • Alexis says:

    This is such a smart idea! This would be a big help to keep my earrings in order.

  • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

    What a great idea! Cute packaging to go with your adorable earrings!

  • LOVE this idea. Will definitely be using it from now on.

  • Pam says:

    What a cute idea! I don’t have a jewelry box, but rather, stole an idea from my mom, years ago, that I believe she got from “Hints from Heloise” for storing them – using stackable ice cube trays!

  • Diana says:

    As an ‘extra perk’, you could also use inexpensive ‘ear stoppers’ to keep them on the buttons, and I think customers would appreciate the lil’ extra that they can use.

  • There you go again, RenaMeister. You never cease to amaze me and help me through the stages of my business. Brilliant! I’m definitely going to use this idea AND share the ziplock bag story as I HAVE noticed a considerable difference since I started storing all of my jewelry in ziplock bags.

    Thank you,


  • Cynthia Warren says:

    That is one ingenious idea.

  • How neat is that!!!!! Going off to look at destash buttons now!

  • Wow! How cute. Instead of getting buttons, I can create my own, from polymer clay! When I come up with a display I will share it with you all! Thanks again,
    Patti Underwood

  • What a wonderful idea – so simple and looks like it will work fabulously. Thank you for sharing, Rena (: Am going to try this!

  • Thanks, Catherine! πŸ™‚ It’s also a fun way to use buttons that are vintage or have some special memories attached to them.

  • Fantastic idea! Very clever. Love buttons plus this will really help separate myself and my jewelry from others. Excellent idea. Thank you so much Rena. I always learn so much from you.

  • Janet says:

    Cute cute cute. I’m gonna use this on the earrings in little baggies for my 5$ rummage box. I have gotten so many wonderful ideas from you and your followers. Many thanks!

  • Rachel says:

    I don’t have pierced ears, but I hear many frustrations from people who have earrings.
    I have so many buttons, I could definitely see giving away a free button with every earring purchase to keep them together. I would let them pick the button they want from a bowl. Thanks for making the point of telling us to make sure that button fits the earring posts or French earring wires. And if they want to purchase just some buttons, well, that’s fine too.
    Because they are frustrated, they may hesitate to add to their jumbled collection. Anything I can do to reduce their frustration is fine with me.

  • Phyllis says:

    Thanks Rena – I can “see” it now ( I relly do! πŸ™‚ ). My display tree, with all these buttons with earrings a-l-l- over it. How cool is that!?!?! I have started my “countdown” Calendar ( 149 days) ’til Christmas, which ALWAYS gets comments at my booth, and now a TRUE earring tree , with earrings on buttons, and with a little tiny bow πŸ™‚ too… Great Gift Idea!!!
    Thanks Rena!

  • Thank you, Phyllis! Great idea for using the earring buttons on your display tree. I’d love to see a picture of that! Also – I love your brilliant touch of adding the Christmas countdown calendar at your booth. What a great motivator for your customers! πŸ™‚

  • Thelma Long says:

    I saw this on a pinterest post and loved it. I am displaying my valentine themed earrings on red, white, or pink buttons. I have placed them on a heart-shaped cookie platter from the dollar store. They look great and the customers are drawn to them. I sell in an open air market and they are easy to transport and display.

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