Project craft – Button tea kettle

button art tea kettle

Recently I went through an old tin box of buttons that used to belong to my grandmother. She used to do quite a lot of sewing starting in her teenage years all the way up to her 70s and 80s.

Her buttons are in a beautiful tin with what looks like an illustration of a European town. If I had to guess, I’d bet it was Nuremberg, my grandfather’s hometown. I’ll have to see what I find in a Google search and see if I can match a town or the town/city flag on the cover.

Tin of Nuremberg

Inside are a ton of buttons. I’m not sure how old they are but my dad says he remembers playing with the buttons in the small clear container when he was a little kid, some 60 years ago.

buttons in a tin


On one of the packages of unused buttons are imported Austrian glass button from the US zone, so that’s allied occupation between 1945 and 1955.

Austria US zone buttons

Some fastenings are so old I have absolutely no idea how they were used. These must be a clasp of some sort but I don’t know how you would attach it to clothing.


Well, I wanted to do something with some of these buttons. I don’t want them to just sit in their tin and never see the light of day. So when I saw a wood cut out of a tea kettle at the Michaels store I knew what I wanted to do.

I got V to help me out by first painting the wood a solid ivory cream color. Then she helped me pick out the prettiest and most colorful buttons she could find.

selecting buttons

After that we laid out the buttons on the background and I started gluing. This was a lot harder than it looks. I was trying to get as many buttons on the kettle as I could, which meant they had to be as close to each other as possible.

buttons on tea kettle1I tried buttons in different combinations to find which ones sat best closer to others. At first it was tedious work but then it became relaxing, almost like doing a puzzle. It took me a couple of hours to complete.

Many of the buttons are so unique like the blue one right at the very top, below the ribbon. Also this pink one at the foot.

closeup of buttons 2

It will be displayed somewhere in our home but I haven’t found a good spot for it yet. Sometimes these things come in time.

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