• Lorem ipsum

32mm magnetic buttons out of playing cards

25 Oct 2019
by Ruben

Can you use the heavy paper weight cardstock of playing cards for making buttons?

 

Short answer: yes, it's #buttonable! (but some tricks are needed)
I used a normal glossy playing cards deck. But only the royalty and the aces, because that's how we roll here in our ivory button tower.
First choose which size fits your design best with the transparant tool.

 

magnet buttons out of playing cards heavy stock

magnet buttons out of playing card queen heavy stock

magnet buttons out of playing card ace of spades heavy stock

 

Then, start failing forwards...

I started out without using a Mylar plastic foil because the cardstock is heavy enough and gloss is already present. This results in the paper tearing on the edges. That happens with too heavy or fragile paper sometimes. The Mylar foil could prevent this tearing to some level but all material would probably be too heavy and the work a lot harder.

magnet buttons out of playing cards heavy stock failures

 

The solution is already in the picture above. We need lighter paper so peel off the laminated outside of the playing cards. One layer less, let's try again!
Again, paper tears on the edges. Mylar plastic foil to the rescue:

 

magnet buttons out of playing card king queen heavy stock succes

magnet buttons out of playing card king queen succes

 

Succes! Playing cards are buttonable. Think of all the cool but incomplete vintage decks you can revive this way!

PS: These are magnets; this works also perfectly with pinned back buttons if you like sharp objects. I'm more of a magnet man!

Be the first to comment...
Leave a comment
Please accept cookies to help us improve this website Is this OK? YesNoMore on cookies »