How to make your own button & string closure


When designing the geek books (posted below), I was on the look out for the perfect closure. Inspired by a button and string envelope, I figured out how to make my own. Here’s how I did it!


You will need these tools and supplies:

1. 5/8 in. – 3/4 in. hole punch or circle cutter
2. 1/8 in. hole punch
3. eyelet setter
4. linen thread or other string
5. 1/8 in. eyelets
6. scissors
7. thick card stock
8. hammer or mallet
9. cutting mat or surface protector


1. Cut out a 5/8 in. – 3/4 in. diameter circle from thick card stock.
2. Punch a 1/8 in. hole in the very center of the circle.
3. Tie a tiny loop at the end of your thread. You may wish to tie the thread around the tip of a pencil or pen to help you tie the right size. Tie a double knot and trim the extra thread. This loop will need to fit around the back side of the eyelet.
4. Punch a 1/8 in. hole in your book cover or envelope.
5. Place your materials in this order: eyelet, circle, thread loop. Place this stack through the hole in your book cover or envelope from the front side. The back side of the eyelet will stick through to the back of the cover or envelope.
6. Place the stack face down onto the cutting mat or surface protector. With the back side of the eyelet showing through the back side of the cover or envelope, use an eyelet setter (and hammer or mallet, if needed) to firmly set the eyelet.
7. Voila! A button and string! You may wish to wrap the string around the book and back to the button to secure, or you may wish to add another button (without the string) and wrap the string between the two buttons to secure.

17 Responses to “How to make your own button & string closure”

  1. Sandi Hester Says:

    I love this!!! Thank you for sharing these detailed and easy to follow instructions. I could have used these instructions a while back – I was working on a project for school and was trying to find the old envelopes that had this type of closure and I couldn’t find them anywhere – so I made my own out of some buttons, but yours looks MUCH better than mine.

  2. j zamrzla Says:

    Wow! This is so cool! Detailed! Simple to follow!

  3. Mary Says:

    You are so smart to figure this out…thanks for sharing…nice!!!

  4. kristi Says:

    i love the number paper!!!!

  5. Tiranan Says:

    Love that you posted this! I have been commissioned to make my friends wedding invites, this is exactly how I wanted to close the envelope! I can’t wait to try it all at home!

  6. Natascha Says:

    I was wondering if you would mind telling us where you bought circle cutter or which brand it is. I have trying to find a similar one on the Internet but all the ones I found seem to only make circles that are bigger than the size you have made! Great tutorial btw, I want to try to make some too as soon as I can find the right circle cutter!

  7. erinzam Says:

    A friend bought this circle cutter in Japan. The packaging says that it is a “NT Cutter” and the product number is C-1500P. Here is a link to their website: I am not sure if they ship internationally. Another option for making a smaller circle is to use a scrapbook punch (the punches that come in different shapes). I have a few that punch out different circle sizes, and I just picked them up at a local craft store. I hope this helps!

  8. Laika Says:

    Ive been looking every where for thick cardstock but cant seem to fint it…where did you buy yours?

  9. erinzam Says:

    For this project I used 140 lb. Daler-Rowney Canford Cardstock, which I found at a local art supply store. Dick Blick carries this same paper in their stores as well. As a large sheet, it may not seem that thick, but it is very strong when cut into the small circles.

  10. Laika Says:

    Thanks alot!
    This is an awesome project :)

  11. wilson Says:

    i replace the thick card stock for the circle with thick plastic or mica…stronger and better…not easily torn

  12. Tokeloshe Says:

    Thank you for a great tutorial.
    Love your work ;-)

  13. Sieglinde Says:

    This was great! So clear and easy to understand. Thank you for this tutorial.

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  17. MrsChadT Says:

    been wondering how to do that. thanks for the great tutorial!

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