Bohemian Decor with Antique Bottles and Metal Buttons

Bohemian Decor with Antique Bottles and Metal Buttons

Several years ago, I upcycled metal buttons into Boho jewelry that resembled old coins. I loved how it turned out and wanted to reuse that same “craft” in a new way. But, this time I’m using the metal buttons to make Bohemian decor to decorate some of my antique bottles.

I have a couple of reasons to do this – not only did I love my original project, but I still had a TON of metal buttons left over!

Upcycling some metal buttons or vintage buttons into Bohemian decor by Sadie Seasongoods

I also wanted to revisit the craft process itself and perhaps improve upon it. In the blogging world, that’s never a bad idea! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

How to Easily Flatten Metal Buttons

In my original blog post, I flattened the metal buttons using a small anvil – but this posed a problem. Most of my readers didn’t HAVE a small anvil. So, in revisiting this craft project, I wanted to explore other options.

First, I tried doing it inside, using a dead blow mallet and a heavy wooden cutting board. I also placed the button inside some scrap fabric to protect its design.

Flattening some metal buttons to make a coin pendant to hang on antique bottles by Sadie Seasongoods

But the results were just “OK”. The metal button had gotten flatter…but didn’t resemble the coin pendant that I was looking for.

Next, I headed outside and ditched the mallet for my old hammer. Instead of using an anvil, I flattened the metal buttons on a concrete slab (sidewalk, driveway, garage floor). I continued to place the buttons between layers of fabric and tapped away (no need to hit super hard at all).

And you know what? It worked like a charm. So, after sitting in my garage for a few minutes with metal buttons, my old hammer, and a scrappy bandana, I had plenty of coin pendants.

Coin pendant that was made from metal buttons to use in Bohemian decor or boho home decor by Sadie Seasongoods

See, I even stacked them up just like real coins!

Making a coin charm or coin pendant to tie on antique bottles with sari silk ribbon by Sadie Seasongoods

Turning Metal Buttons into Coin Pendants for Bohemian Decor

Once I had flattened all the metal buttons I’d need, it was time to transform them into coin pendants. To do so, I grabbed a piece of scrap wood and an awl or hole punch.

Poking a hole into a coin pendant that used to be metal buttons for bottle charms by Sadie Seasongoods

FYI, though, the awl worked a lot better!

Then, I simply popped a hole at the top of each coin pendant by tapping the awl through the button with my hammer. No sweat, easy peasy…

Using an awl to poke a hole through coin pendant that was made from metal buttons by Sadie Seasongoods

Now my coin pendants needed additional hardware before they could become Bohemian decor! When I originally made my coin jewelry with metal buttons, I only added one jump ring to each one. But this time, I added two jump rings – you’ll see why in a moment!

Adding jump rings to coin charm or coin pendant to use as Bohemian decor with antique bottles by Sadie Seasongoods

As always, I used my jewelry pliers to open, insert, and close the jump rings securely!

Adding Coin Pendants to Antique Bottles with Sari Silk Ribbon

To use the coin pendants for Bohemian decor, I needed to gather a few of my antique bottles and some Sari silk ribbon.

I purchased my ribbon on Etsy – it’s made from recycled Indian Saris, which I absolutely love!

Sari silk ribbon or sari ribbon to wrap around the antique bottles for Bohemian decor by Sadie Seasongoods

First, I wrapped some of the Sari ribbon around the necks of the antique bottles, knotted the ends together and left two long tails hanging down.

Antique bottles that have been wrapped with sari ribbon to create Boho room decor or Boho decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Then, I simply inserted one end of the ribbon through the top jump ring on the coin pendant. I folded it under and wrapped jewelry wire tightly around it. This hid the end of the ribbon AND created a secure loop that the coin pendant could dangle from!

Attaching a coin pendant to sari silk ribbon that is wrapped around antique bottles by Sadie Seasongoods

That’s why I used two jump rings – so that the coin pendant would lay flat against the antique bottles!

All that was left to do was the same thing with a different coin pendant and the other ribbon tail.

Boho decor with antique bottles and coin charms that used to be metal buttons by Sadie Seasongoods

Bohemian Decor with Coin Pendants on Antique Bottles

And that was it – I just kept wrapping the Sari silk ribbon around the antique bottles and attaching a coin pendant to each tail!

How to make Bohemian decor using metal buttons that become a coin pendant and attached to antique bottles by Sadie Seasongoods

Between the weathering on the bottles, the mottled colors of the Sari ribbon, and the old coin look of the coin pendants, I had created fantastic Bohemian decor! Exotic with a touch of gypsy soul…exactly what I was looking for.

To display them, I added humanely sourced feathers! Whenever I use feathers in projects, they are always humanely collected – that’s important for me to point out!

Antique Bottles with sari silk ribbon and coin charm or coin pendant made from metal buttons by Sadie Seasongoods

Hope you enjoyed my latest Boho Decor project! Let me know what you think and if you’d like more Bohemian decor project ideas in the future.

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  1. Misha George says

    I would love to see more bono crafting ! I am enthralled by your projects, and always look forwards to your next post!

  2. Christine Roppel says

    I LOVE these! I do have a question about the buttons: did you clip off the back part (don’t know the name of it; lol, the part where you sew it to clothing) or just flatten the whole thing?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      The shank! And no need to clip it off, it flattens with the rest of the button without any issue!

  3. Those are so pretty! I have metal buttons… Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend?! Flattening them! I don’t have a project in mind yet but I just want to flatten buttons now!


  4. Jeanne Harrison says

    Very nice! I never would have thought of beating buttons! How did you get the shank off?

  5. I LOVE that you pointed out the idea of “humanely sourced feathers”, as that’s something most people haven’t given a lot of thought to. Thanks for all the great ideas & projects!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Natasha, I’m so happy to hear that you appreciate that, too! I agree – I think people have gotten quite conscientious about fur, but they’ll still buy craft store feathers which you KNOW are harvested in a horrific way. There are so many eco-farms that have Etsy shops to sell the naturally molted feathers from their chickens, turkeys, etc.

  6. Very attractive and pretty easy, I really like the sari material. Thanks

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Mary! If you can believe it, I actually bought the Sari ribbon back in 2017 for a different project. But I didn’t like how it turned out so I never finished it – so I’m thrilled to finally use it for something else!

  7. I love these button coins that you make and thank you for sharing how to do this without the anvil! lol

  8. WOW- I am totally in love with this idea!!! Where did you get your buttons from? Does it matter what material they are made out of? I’ve got a collection of old buttons but didn’t know if they would still flatten if sturdier. Thanks!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      There are TONS of metal button lots on Etsy – as long as they are lightweight, they should flatten nicely (lightweight means they’re hollow inside, like a tiny metal pillow). 🙂

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