ideas are free #02: Bottle~o~Buttons

~{ I’m sure that Anthropolgie stole it from somewhere too }~

I can’t lay claim to this idea because I saw it a while ago at Anthropologie. A smaller, less unique looking bottle full of antique buttons for $16.

I liked the idea but I didn’t care for the price however. In fact I don’t think I like any of Anthro’s prices but I digress.

I made this bottle for my favorite price: $0

I now have a unique item that is currently sitting on my coffee table at home. From a discarded bottle of Patron and a bin of old buttons I happened to have, I recreated the Anthropologie look and you can too!

You might not happen to have an assortment of old buttons at your disposal you might be able to procure some at a thrift store or a yard sale for just pennies. Bottles and jars are pretty easy to come by. The jar I used isn’t even old, it’s just neat looking with a fun cork. An old apothecary bottle or even a mason jar that would do quite nicely as well.

And why stop at buttons? Fill it full of something else unique that you might have ~ antique keys, dice, old fish hooks, bow ties, toy soldiers, origami swans, etc. If you try it out, take a picture and send it to me and I’ll put it here!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mhoff
    Apr 20, 2011 @ 05:11:31

    Thanks. Found something I can do with the old fishing lures that I inherited from my great Uncle. I was curious as to what Anthropologie is and just discovered they opened their first store in my current home town of Wayne. I won’t be telling my w$fe.


    • Daniel Jaocb
      Apr 21, 2011 @ 07:46:34

      Yeah! You can even do one lure per jar….maybe suspend it from the bottom of the lid so it kind of hovers in the middle of the jar. Put several of those jars together (an odd number of jars preferably) and it could look smashing.

      And a$ for Anthropologie, it’$ a fanta$tic $tore and I really don’t under$tand why you wouldn’t want to $hare it with your wife! 🙂


  2. lovelyshadesofnostalgia
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 21:13:52

    Love bow ties! I wish I had a jar full of them!


  3. The Writer
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 17:30:07

    Very cute! I love that you easily made your own personalized version for 100% less than Anthropologie’s. Amazing what prices that store gets away with sometimes.


  4. Ozell Carnell
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 14:32:34

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!


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