Button-Down Vase

Here’s more you can make with leftover shirt pieces from the previous project…

The front center placket on a menswear shirt (where the shirt sides join to be buttoned) was cut off the shirt and buttoned together to hold small glass votives in place for a simple centerpiece.

Cut out the placket with the buttons and the button holes. Button both parts together and trim the ends.

Insert glass votives in between buttons.

Fill each votive with water.

Add flowers.


  1. Lia  July 28, 2011

    SUCH a cute idea, this is so clever, I don’t know how you come up with these things but you are a genius!

    • camilla  July 28, 2011

      Thanks Lia!

  2. amy  July 28, 2011

    BRILLIANT and adorable!!

    I just cut up a bunch of shirts making tents for my boys and used those strips to cover staples, but I looove your idea better because the buttons are actually working! Form meets Function in a new way – fabulous!

    • camilla  July 28, 2011

      Hi Amy, What a great idea! I love menswear fabrics – I bet your tent looked great! C

  3. mollie  July 28, 2011

    I adore the simplicity of this. And the striped shirt…that part makes it!

    • camilla  July 28, 2011

      Thanks Mollie! So glad you are liking the CD – I can’t stop listening to it! C

  4. Julia  July 28, 2011

    This is wonderful! Great idea and execution

  5. rae  July 28, 2011

    you are so brilliant!! love the ideas you inspire.

  6. Michele Pacey  July 28, 2011

    so clever you are!!! this is, like, brilliant it is!


  7. Alexia  July 29, 2011

    J’adore votre site.. plein d’inspiration.

    Merci pour ce partage de superbes idées !!

    • camilla  July 29, 2011

      Merci Alexia!

  8. Qing @ Coolest-Party-Ideas  August 10, 2011

    Great idea! and so cute. thank you Lia!

  9. Marilyn  May 28, 2012

    Just a thought did you ever think to make it stiff with starch.