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3 Easy Ways to Decorate with Vintage Red, White & Blue Buttons

Do you have a stash of old vintage buttons? How about pulling out all the red, white, and blue buttons for some patriotic decorating? These 3 easy patriotic decorating ideas include a DIY button craft that you can make in about 30 minutes. Create stunning patriotic vignettes with these simple ideas, perfect for any patriotic holiday.

I have saved all my vintage buttons from when I was designing clothing. The first thing I did with each garment was remove the buttons. So when Cindy at County Road 407 suggested vintage buttons as the topic for her bi-monthly Lifestyle of Love series, I was excited to see what I could do with my stash. I had several thoughts, but I decided that something patriotic would be fun since Memorial Day is this month.

If you are joining me from my friend Lora at Lora Bloomquist Create & Ponder, welcome. I know you loved her easy ways to use vintage buttons for DIY decor.

Vintage buttons with a military vintage photo under a glass cloche.  Patriotic american flags behind cloche.

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Where Can You Get Vintage Buttons

Antique buttons are collector’s items and can be very expensive. Vintage buttons are more affordable and can be purchased at antique shops, vintage and consignment shops, and online at Etsy and eBay, for example.

Rare and unique buttons will likely be sold individually, whereas smaller, less unique buttons may be sold in bulk. I often see jars of buttons for sale in vintage and antique stores.

Cloche with vintage buttons, flags in vintage flower frog and DIY star garland

Red, White, and Blue Buttons

For today’s project and decorating ideas, I used my collection of red, white, and blue buttons. I will also share one DIY button craft using vintage buttons. For the craft project, I used mostly inexpensive standard buttons since I was gluing them together.

Patriotic Cloche

My first patriotic decor idea uses a white plate, red, white, and blue buttons, a glass cloche, and a vintage military photo.

Just fill the plate with the buttons and add the photo to the center. Use the buttons to help hold the old photo upright. Then, cover it with a glass cloche. Add a small flag behind the photo and surround the vignette with more flags for a patriotic display.

Vintage buttons with a military vintage photo under a glass cloche.  Patriotic american flags behind cloche.

Vintage Button Vase

Another easy idea is to fill a clear flower vase or bud vase with vintage red, white, and blue buttons. Begin at the bottom with a layer of red, then white, and top with blue. You can also mix the buttons if you prefer. Then add flags to your vase for a fun patriotic centerpiece or add to a shelf.

Vase with red, white and blue buttons with American flags on shelf

You can also add a mixture of buttons to a plate or dish next to the vase for added style.

Vase with red, white and blue buttons with American flags on shelf

DIY Button Crafts

Finally, you can make DIY button crafts. There are several creative ideas, such as adding buttons to a pillow or adding to a picture frame. I decided to try something a little different, and I hope you like it.

First, gather a good supply of red, white, and blue buttons and 12 sheets of white card stock paper.

red, white, and blue buttons with old mattress spring and white card stock paper

Begin by making three white paper roses. See the easy tutorial, Learn How To Make Paper Flowers.

Once you have completed the three roses, you will need glue to attach the buttons.

Begin by filling the center of each rose with several buttons of the same color. Then, use some of the smaller buttons to attach to random petals.

Patriotic Roses

Once all the glue is dry, you can style your roses. My original plan was to add the roses to some old rusty mattress springs to create a grouping of three roses.

I think they look cute like this. However, I decided to try another approach.

DIY Patriotic Paper roses with vintage buttons on rusty old mattress spring with vintage red and blue books. DIY button crafts

Vintage Button Roses

Next, I added the three vintage button roses to a bowl with some DIY decoupage decorative balls.

DIY Patriotic Paper roses with vintage buttons and flags and DIY star garland.  DIY button crafts

They look so festive with several mini flags in a vintage flower frog. The DIY star garland adds the finishing touch to the vignette in our entryway.

DIY Patriotic Paper roses with vintage buttons and flags and DIY star garland.

Which is your favorite way to style the white roses with vintage buttons? Either way, this easy patriotic craft will be fun to use for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and again on Labor Day. They can be displayed together or separately or on other occasions.


Lifestyle of Love

If you’d like to see more fun ideas for using Vintage buttons, be sure to click on the links below to follow along. Up next is Cindy at County Road 407 with her 7 Fun and Easy Ideas for Using Vintage Buttons When Decorating.

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3 Vintage Buttons ideas with red, white and blue buttons to decorate for Patriotic Holidays


Friday 24th of May 2024

Hi Rachel- So clever! I love the layered look of the buttons. Your ideas for them are affordable, charming and easy to store! Have a great weekend.


Friday 24th of May 2024

Anna, I'm so glad you like these ideas.

Lora Bloomquist

Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Great idea to use red, white and blue buttons for Patriotic decor, Rachel! Seems like I never have enough red ones for all the holidays. Love the cloche with the old pics; perfect for Memorial Day. And the white roses are so cool!


Thursday 16th of May 2024

Lora, Thank you for your kind compliments.


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Your r/w/b loose buttons really catch your eye in the cloche and draw you in. Love the mix of the buttons in the little vase with flags, too. So many great ideas. Hard to imagine patriotic decor is upon us!!


Thursday 16th of May 2024

Debra, Thank you! Yes, this year is flying by.


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

I am so tempted to just go buy new blue and red buttons so I can fill a vase and put flags in it!!! And the cloche with those old photos looks amazing. I've been so inspired to do more button crafts and believe me, I am not a crafter. Thank you for all the fun ideas and for joining us. Everything is fabulous.


Thursday 16th of May 2024

Cindy, You are so sweet. Thank you for hosting.


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

So many fabulous ideas, Rachel! I love how each can be used throughout the year to celebrate the patiotic holidays. We're always looking for fun craft projects to do together when we come home for the 4th so I'm excited to pass this idea along to my family. They'll love it! Big hugs, CoCo


Thursday 16th of May 2024

CoCo, I really appreciate all your comments.