I have a confession: I own several button makers. And I love every single one, but my favorites are the smaller ones. I own a 1" and 7/8" and they make the teeniest, cutest buttons! (Which, in today's world, can also double as scrapbook "flair.")

I've had this idea bouncing around in my head for a while and finally made a few of them a reality.

 I made several buttons using both the inside and outside of envelopes!
Once you start collecting security envelopes that come in the mail, you'd be surprised at how different the patterns inside are! There's a great variety and I probably own more envelopes for their different patterns than a normal person should. (Good thing I'm not normal.)

I also made buttons out of the metered postage, as well as actual postage stamps. I have plans to do this with used postage I bought at a thrift store in England, but that will be another post. And a Wall*E stamp, if I can find one that someone used on mail that was sent to me.

I believe the dog is a Canadian Postage stamp, if I remember correctly. Isn't he a cutie?

Here are the buttons next to a quarter for comparison--the blue button on the right is 1" and the black stripes on the left is 7/8".
Here's another visual that might help--I stacked the 7/8" button on top of the 1" button. It's a small size difference but it makes such a big difference. The 7/8" button seems so tiny!


  1. Oh my goodness, I love these! It IS a surprise how different the envelopes are. I always assumed the same pattern was in all of them. It's neat when we discover a new one.



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