So now I have challenged myself to see how many different designs I can come up with - there are a lot of buttons, all different sizes. For the first idea - I am making a bracelet with medium sized buttons, place flat on a crocheted base with tiny buttons interspersed and sticking up between the larger buttons.
I used heavy duty thread and strung the buttons through two holes so they would lay flat. The only problem with this is that they really, really tangle so I keep them wrapped in a washcloth. I strung 2 of these to play around with the "crochet the buttons flat" idea. Here is the finished bracelet - easter ready.