Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Button Wreath Ornament

Today I'm going to share a tutorial that I recently posted over at The Crafty Nest for her 12 Days of Christmas.

Now on to the tutorial:
Button Wreath Ornaments!


I originally found this idea over at Martha Stewart.
We also made a bunch with my family after Thanksgiving dinner.
It's a fun, simple, inexpensive and quick project that even the kids can do!

What you'll need:
Buttons: any colors, any sizes (mixed sizes look really cute, in my opinion)
Wire: 22 gauge floral wire or 16 gauge copper or aluminum
Ribbon for hanger, I found a cool metallic silver ribbon
A different Ribbon to use as a decorative bow, I used a sheer white ribbon

Cut wire to 9 inches in length. Make a small loop at the end of the wire using your fingers or pliers.
Thread buttons onto wire.

The wreaths I made are about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and used 72 buttons.
Add more or less for larger or smaller wreaths.

Once all buttons are on, bring other end of the wire around to the looped end. I found it best to carefully undo the loop, then twist ends together until it pulled the buttons into a tight circle. Then I trimmed the wires down so they weren't sticking out farther than the buttons.


Cut the hanger ribbon to a little more than 6 inches long. Then tie the ribbon into a knot about 3 inches or so above the wreath. You can leave the knot at the top of the hanger, or I squished the knot between a couple of buttons to hide it.

Then I just tied a bow around the hanger with the sheer ribbon for decoration and pushed it down close to the wreath.

 
 And that's it!! Told you it was easy!

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27 comments:

  1. I really hope I can find my bag of buttons tomorrow!

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  2. i have buttons here.... yey! thanks for sharing will definitely do it also... a big credit from you...

    so cute!

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  3. These are so cute. They could be used on packages. I wonder if I threaded 1/4" of ribbon through the buttons and then just tie a bow when you bring the ends together. What do you think?

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  4. Shirley: I did try making one using a string and it worked to make a wreath, but it was a bit floppy. Made more of an oval than a circle.

    Not necessarily a bad thing, but using the wire will hold its shape better than ribbon or string. :)

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  5. These are lovely - such a fun and bright idea I love them!
    They look amazing - I wonder if my kids would have the patience!
    Visiting from Carolyn's Homework
    Lowri
    http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hello Lindsay,
    Thanks for this fun Christmas ornament tutorial. I have tons of buttons in my studio.
    Smiles, Paula

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  7. I love these button wreaths! I'd like to invite you to come over and join my special ornament link party... open the rest of this month.. I also have a FAB ornament giveaway you can enter. Hope you can check it out!
    http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2011/12/ornamentsparty-giveaway.html

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  8. love this! my mom just gave me a ton of buttons....must make!!

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  9. What a fantastic idea. I wonder why I hadn't thought of this one yet. I have a ton of buttons, wire and ribbon so I could whip these out in no time. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I love these! And how easy is that? They look professional and pricey!

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  11. Great! I have buttons, ribbon and now to find some wire...Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Lindsay, those are adorable!!!! You know, as my shop shows, I may have a slight obession with buttons!

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  13. These are just the cutest - and simple too! I think this is the perfect craft for my daughter and I to do on the weekend. Thanks!

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  14. WOnderful idea. Such a great project to do with the kids :)


    Love for you to share it at my linky party here: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/12/made-by-me-10-linky-party-and-features.html

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  15. What a great idea and perfect for all those extra buttons! I'd love for you to share with my readers if you get a chance: http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/12/taking-timeout-thursday-no-8.html

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  16. I just love buttons and finding new things to do with them. Thanks for linking up today at http://sewstylishboutique.blogspot.com/
    Rose and Heather

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  17. Cute and easy! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  18. I would love for you to share this cute idea with my reader on my Christmas Traditions link up!

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  19. I am a lover of buttons and these are just adorable!! I think I might have to whip up a couple for stocking stuffers!! Thanks for sharing!
    Rinni @ Rinni'sPlayground

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  20. Your button wreaths are great! I think I'll be hauling out my button jar for me and the kids this week, they'd love this! I'd be thrilled if you popped by and shared this at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com Feel free to link up a few of your favorite projects! ~Jen

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  21. These are so cute! I just wish I had enough buttons to make some of these right now!! My tree looks a bit bare - I only have my handmade decorations on there at the mo and I haven't gotten around to making enough to make the tree FULL! :)

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  22. Great looking wreaths Lindsay! Nice and easy to make too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  23. Thanks for linking this AMAZINGLY Creative feature at Pin'Inspirational Thursday's last week.. YOU WHERE ONE OF THE FAV'S and are featured TODAY!!!! WOOHOO.. Please stop in, have a look and snag a fun button.. I HAD to pin it too.. : )) THANKS SO MUCH again.. Wishing you a WONDERFUL count down to your Holiday's.. Hope you can link again tonight.. HAPPY HOLIDAY'S.. Cheers. xoxo.. M..
    http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/pininspirational-thursday-13-linky.html

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  24. Featuring YOU tomorrow on my blog. Thank you so much for sharing at my {wow me} wednesday party last week. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

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  25. This is super cute!! I have some of these buttons at home and needed something to do with them. This is perfect! I would love for you to share this at my special holiday linky party going on right now! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/12/12-days-of-christmas-holiday-linky.html

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!
    ~Nikki ...xoxo

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