Accessories are necessary for every outfit to be complete, and cufflinks are one of the most fashionable accessories to finish off your look with style. However, buying cufflinks can be quite expensive, but there is no need to worry, because we will provide you with some of the easiest and cheapest way to make DIY cufflinks at home.
Make cufflinks using epoxy resin
- Cufflink blanks with cup frame
- Paint brush
- Aluminum foil
- Clear glue
- Epoxy resin
- You need a pair of cufflink blanks according to the size that you require. These can be bought at a very cheap price from an art and craft store or online. Cufflink blanks can come with a flat back plate or a custom cup frame. For this method, you will need cufflink blanks with a custom frame.
- Paint the inside of the cufflink frame with blue color. Let it dry.
- Take a small piece of aluminum foil and cut it into tiny slivers using a pair of scissors.
- Using a clear glue, lightly stick the foil slivers inside the cufflink frame which you had painted earlier.
- After the glue has dried, prepare your epoxy resin according to the instructions provided with the product.
- With the help of a toothpick (or a similar narrow object), gently drip the resin into the cufflink frame. Fill it to the top.
- Let the resin dry completely and voila! You have made yourself wonderful cufflinks.
Tip: Instead of aluminum foil, you can take any other shiny item such as powder glitter, sequins, or even a shiny chocolate wrapper. Combine those shiny fillings with your favorite color of paint inside the cufflink frame, and you can create a variety of cufflinks.
Make cufflinks out of earrings
To learn how to make cufflinks out of earrings, the following materials are required:
- Stud earrings (the preferred shapes are round, oval, square, rhombus.)
- Pliers/wire cutters
- Soldering iron and solder
- Cufflink blanks with a flat back.
- Neatly cut the post of the earrings using a plier/wire cutter. Make sure that you cut it close to the earrings.
- Using the soldering iron and a solder, attach the cufflink blank from the exact spot you detached the post of the earrings.
Caution: a solder iron can heat up to 200-480o C, so it must be handled with care. Wear gloves as a precaution.
Tip: If you do not want to use a soldering iron to attach the cufflink blank to the earrings, you can also use a hot glue gun to connect them. However, this method is not as durable.
Make cufflinks with buttons and a chain link/jump ring
This method is perfect if you are unable to get your hands on cufflink blanks. To learn how to make homemade cufflinks with double sides, the following materials are required:
- 4 shank buttons (two similar small buttons, two similar large buttons)
- A standard chain-link or jump ring
- Take a small button and a large button for a single cufflink.
- Separate a portion of the chain, preferably 4 or 5 chain links (you can decide the length of the chain according to the thickness of your sleeves.)
- Open one end of the chain using pliers and insert into into the hole of the smaller button. Close it again with the pliers.
- Open the other end of the chain link with the pliers, and insert it into the larger button.
- Repeat the same steps to make the other cufflink.
- If you do not have a standard chain, you can also use a jump ring instead. Open the jump ring with pliers, and insert it into both the shank buttons.
- Close the jump ring.
Make cufflinks with homemade buttons
You can create buttons at home according to your choice of colors, design and patterns. you will need the following materials.
- Button blanks/button kit
- A fabric of your choice
- Cufflink blanks with a flat back
- A needle and thread
- Cut the fabric in a circular shape. It has to be almost 1 ¾ times or twice in diameter from the button blank.
- The button blanks have two parts-the top and the back/washer.
- Place the fabric with the right side down.
- Place the button top on the wrong side of the fabric.
- Sew around the edges of the fabric and pull the thread lightly to gather the fabric in the middle.
- Place the back of the button on the gathered fabric.
- Push it with your thumbs until the back snaps into its place.
- Repeat this procedure for your other cufflink.
- Take cufflink blanks and glue them to the back of the buttons.
Make cufflinks using fabric covered shank buttons and chain-link
If you do not have button kit to create buttons, you can also make fabric covered buttons with shank buttons. This is what you need.
- Fabric of your choice.
- Four shank buttons
- Needle and thread
- Cut the fabric in circular shape.
- Run a basic stitch around the edges of the fabric and do not tie a knot at the end.
- Place you shank button face-down on the wrong side of the fabric. It has to be placed exactly in the center of the fabric.
- Gently pull the thread so that the stitches tighten up and the fabric is gathered in the middle.
- Tie a knot and cut of the thread.
- After you have prepared your buttons, follow he same procedure as method 3.
Making cufflinks at home is a fun and creative task. In contrast to buying expensive cufflinks from the market, you can create much cheaper cufflinks at home with a personal touch. Yet, if this seems a bit too much hassle for you - we have a great variety of cufflinks on sale. You won't feel the price difference and save a lot of time.