The button, which was once only ornamental in nature, has been used to fasten clothing since Germany in the 13th century. Since then, buttons of every size, shape, and color have been created using a wide range of materials, including clay, wood, shells, and plastic. A button jar can be transformed into a fantastic craft project, extra gaming tokens, or a stylish fashion accessory. Although Velcro and zippers are now available, buttons are still more enjoyable, intriguing, and whimsical. On November 16, National Button Day, take some time to appreciate those useful, attractive little things. Buttons can even be works of art.
When is National Button Day
On November 16, National Button Day honors the purpose of buttons and the pastime of button collecting. Leave the laces, snaps, and zippers alone. Respect the button.
National Button Day History
The National Button Society, which was established in 1938, acknowledged button collecting as a formalized pastime. On this day, button collectors of all levels celebrate the love of collecting.
Do you have memories of your mother or grandmother removing the buttons from shirts that were destined for the rag basket? These buttons are frequently gathered in tins or jars. You might have even made crafts, played games, or strung them together. The buttons were entertaining to sort into piles based on color or size, scatter and slide across the floor or table, or stack into piles. Each time, a new game was created.
Buttons are also used in innovative ways by crafters all around the nation. They are among the best at repurposing outdated materials. In the US, there are a huge number of button collectors.
Numerous materials have been used by humans to create buttons. Ancient people made buttons out of materials that were readily available and natural, such as clay, stone, shell, or wood. Metals, polymers, resins, and acrylics have all been used in more recent times. However, in addition to their usual purpose of joining two pieces of cloth, buttons also had a decorative function.
Although modern buttons might be plain disks with two or four holes for a needle and thread, button manufacturers often construct more intricate designs. There’s probably a button out there that does whatever you can imagine. Button makers create anything from animals and food to renowned people and memorable structures. They are vibrant and enjoyable. The enjoyable ones may be less useful, but they still work.
National Button Day Activities
Do you have clothing you no longer wear? Replace the buttons to restore it to new condition. Add some gleaming metal buttons to give it a fashionable military look, or add kitschy novelty buttons to represent your favorite animal, food, or pastime. Be distinctive, original, and environmentally friendly all at once.
Engage in a treasure quest.
Visit a garage sale, rummage, or thrift store. Keep an eye out for vintage garments with unusual buttons. Collectors adore discovering pieces that feature little works of art, were worn by celebrities, or represent a particular time period. Find out if any of your finds are worth more than you paid for by doing some research.
Take buttons from discarded clothing, snag them from loose objects, buy novelty buttons when the mood strikes, or find them cheaply while thrifting. Then, you’ll have a large selection of sizes, shapes, and colors to choose from the next time you need a button.