Sew Sweet: Printable Paper Button Embellishments

Hi friends! Today I’m excited to share a new free download with you all: Printable Paper Button Embellishments! I created this freebie with Mother’s Day in mind, but the design is definitely not holiday-specific, so I hope you will enjoy them year-round!

To give this printable a playful vibe I hand-painted each button design and then scanned it into my computer to create the finished printable file. I think the effect is really charming, and I hope you’ll like it too.

There are two versions of this printable—one with “button hole” guides and one without. Both can be used to embellish gift packaging, to create garlands, make cupcake toppers, and more. I’m sure you will dream up a ton of great uses for them that I didn’t even think of!

Basic button bow to:

  • Download the Paper Button Embellishments PDF file (includes both versions). The download will begin immediately.
  • Print onto heavy-weight card stock.
  • Cut out by hand or with a 1.75” circle craft punch.
  • Punch out button holes with a small circular hole punch.
  • Attach to gifts, create garlands, adorn place settings, create cupcake toppers, etc.

Basic gift tag how to:

  • Cut out blank tags by hand or with a 1.75” circle craft punch.
  • Make a single hole at the top of your tags using a standard or small hole punch.
  • String with twine, yarn, or ribbon and attach to your gifts.
  • Alternately you can leave your tags hole-free and attach to cards, gifts, etc. using double-sided tape.

Button cupcake topper how to:

  • Punch out or hand-cut your paper buttons. You will need two buttons per cupcake topper.
  • Adhere a toothpick or wooden skewer to the back of a paper button using tape or glue. Be careful not to cover up button holes with the tape or stick.
  • Once the stick is secured to your button, thread a small length of twine through the button hole so the ends come out the front.
  • Tie twine into a bow and trim ends.
  • For a more finished look, cover up the stick on the backside by attaching another paper button over it with double-sided tape or glue.

All photos are by Ez Pudewa (me). Special thanks to my friend Marichelle for running a test print for me since my printer is deceased.

Props: Berry baskets in aqua and white are from Anthropologie (purchased in store) | Porcelain Dip Bowls are from Target (purchased in store) | Seam Binding Ribbon and Baker’s Twine (personal stash) – similar items available at Inspire Lovely.

*The necessary technical stuff: Please remember that this and all my freebies are for non-commercial use only. That means that you can print and use them for yourself or give them as a gift to a friend or loved one, but they shouldn’t be sold, altered for resale, or redistributed in any other way. If you’d like to share this project with your blog readers, please link directly to this post and do not host the actual PDF file on your own site. Thanks so much for your support! Enjoy! xox Ez

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  1. Beca / / Reply

    ohmugosh! These are really cute!! And sooo many different ways to use them!

  2. Gina / / Reply

    I love it! It is so cute!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing the "how to"
    Gonna tweet them!

  3. Donaville / / Reply

    Ez! these are marvelous. love this and love that you hand-painted them, so lovely. i think I said "love" about fifty times ;)

  4. Marta / / Reply

    Really cute project buttons + baker's twine! Best regards from a reader from Spain!

  5. Ana / / Reply

    I love this D.I.Y. My daughter is only 2 1/2 and I dream of the moment when we can actually celebrate Mother's Day together.

  6. Karen / / Reply

    Love your style! I am always inspired when I read your blog. Could you tell me how many ounces the porcelain dip bowls hold?

  7. Ez / / Reply

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments everyone! I'm so happy that you like my little printable and hope you'll have fun making all sorts of clever things with it!
    @ Karen – I'm so sorry, but it doesn't say on the bowl or online. The bowls aren't super tiny – they fit nicely in the palm of your hand. Hope that helps.

  8. Alina / / Reply

    I just recently started to read you're blog, I check it every day with excitement to see if there's something new posted. You are so creative and you're ideas outstanding. I also love the picture you put on the blog, I put them on my desktop every time a new one comes. Love reading you're work and seeing all the beauty around you, you have inspired me so much.

    Thanks for everything, I'll keep reading every day.
    From a great admirer in Iceland.

  9. Tesca / / Reply

    Hi Ez, thanks so much for this wonderful idea. I just love, love, love your buttons. I will use them for sweet packaging ideas and maybe make a little garland around my metal pencil tin, so I can look at them while blogging… Have a nice weekend!
    x. Tesca

  10. kara / / Reply

    So cute but I cannot seem to download the printable button hole pdf…every time I click on it I get a blank screen in a new tab or new window. :( Anyone else have this problem??

  11. Megan Curtis / / Reply

    These button are super! Thanks for sharing them!

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