February 23, 2009

Crafty Corner - How to make a Button Bouquet!

While waiting for bubby to arrive I have been keeping myself busy with all the little crafts and projects I never seem to get around to in the hope it will make the days not seem as long. One of the projects I have had in the back of my mind for a while is making button flower bouquets - I think they are so very cute and groovy and what a great way to have flowers all year long no matter if they are 'in season' or not without them ever dying, and a great use for those buttons at the bottom of the sewing basket.


I had so much fun making these that I thought I'd share with you how I did it so you can have a go too!!


WHAT YOU NEED:
* Fine gauge wire
* Wire cutters
* Selection of buttons in sizes and colors of your desire
* Vase or small container

TIME: The bouquet in the above photo took me 20 mins to make - Easy!


STEP (1) - Cut a piece of wire to your desired stem length.


STEP (2) - Choose a selection of buttons in different sizes to make a 'blossom'.


STEP (3) - Thread the wire up through a hole in each of the buttons.


STEP (4) - Bend the wire back on itself and feed it back through a second whole of each button.


STEP (5) - Twist the wire around itself, holding the button blossom in place.

Repeat these steps as many times as you wish until you have the desired amount of flowers for your bouquet.


STEP (6) - Place stems in vase or jar and arrange!!


I went on to make a second bouquet for my mum who LOVES yellow and have started hunting down more buttons to make more and more - there is nothing like a handmade gift and these are perfect for so many different occasions!



Oh and a few hints for you too that I found when making these are
* Heavier gauge wires will make a stronger stems. If you want a more whimsical look, use a lighter gauge wire and then wrap with floral tape.
* Buttons with shanks are harder to work with than regular buttons. If the button is large and decorative, it might work as a solitary button blossom. Smaller shanked buttons can be strung together on a wire and make a small set of buds. Another option for shanked buttons is to pair them with a standard button that has a deep indentation in the middle.
* Plain vases with simple lines are preferable as they allow the buttons to remain the focal point.

HAVE FUN!!!

10 comments:

Whimsical Creations said...

Beautiful! I have a bunch of buttons I have been 'wanting' to make bouquets out of. Those turned out great.

Winklepots said...

How cute! Love it. I've always wanted to try it too. Thanks for the how to. :o)

vanilla pixie (Carley) said...

They're gorgeous!!

SoBella Creations said...

What a great craft project.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

These are just Adorable! Thank you so very much for sharing your technique! I think I will make some for Easter! Thanks again, this is really so very nice of you! Blessings! Sharon

New England Quilter said...

Your bouquets are darling!
Amy

Noah's Mommy said...

I love love love the last one...how fun are those

Erin said...

I gasped when I saw your bouquet! My goodness. That is truly one of a kind. I've never seen anything like that. Can you imagine showing up at someone's door with that kind of flowers? Way too super cool.

Original Cyn Studios said...

I love this idea! So beautiful and what a great way to wait for that baby!

yvettehubbert said...

I Really like this.....Thank you so very much for sharing your technique,,,,