Button Bouquet - 101December 4th, 2008 in member junk
After my first post showing the button bouquets, a couple members wanted to know how to make them. Well, on a difficulty scale of 1 to 5 (5 behind the hardest) - it's probably a 2. These are so simple, and turn out just "cute as a button"... :)
Supplies: 19-gauge craft wire; buttons (5-7 on an average bouquet - more if you're doubling them up); needle-nose wire cutters; bottle, salt shaker (or some kind of small container); optional: ice pick or something to twist wire; beads; other embellishments...
First, cut your wire the desired length (for this one I cut each one about 12" -I found that it's better to cut them too long - you can always trim extra away... ); about 5-7 "stems". If it's a larger container, you'll want to make more stems - I did 9 on a couple larger ones.
Next, take a button and thread wire through both holes (if there are four, you still only need to put wire through two), and leave at least two inches to wrap around/twist under button or to attach a bead; use wire cutters and pinch just under the button (be careful with plastic buttons, I've broken a few by pinching a little too hard - don't know my own strength I guess - ha ha!) Also, if you're using a button that is solid on top and the hole is underneath, again, be careful not to pinch it too hard. You might want to practice on some "junky" ones to get the hang of it. You can also double up flat buttons - for a little added color/dimension.
You can use an ice pick (or something similar) to twist the stems, and add beads, etc.
When you're done with all the stems, you can wrap them together by using another wire, or just twist them together, and use one of the stems to tighten them.
You can just drop the bouquet in a bottle, or if you want it to stay in place, you can use a piece of wire to wrap around the bouquet and the lip of the bottle.
For the bouquets in the salt shakers, I twisted the wires inside the shaker (using the wire cutters) and stuffed the rest up inside.
There are lots of possibilities for embellishing the bouquet - beads, crystals, "grandma's" earrings, etc. In a clear bottle, you may want to drop some little buttons, beads, etc., in for fun! You can look at my other post for some ideas. I've looked on "Etsy" and there are people selling them there - so that's another place to look for inspiration.
My favorites so far are in the salt shakers, using tiny buttons. Can't wait to see some pics from you guys - I'm sure there are some wonderful bouquets blooming in those creative minds!!! I've got some ideas for a couple new "styles" for our next show -now, if I only had a little time...after the holidays...and it's going to be a long winter...
Have fun! Kathy
P.S. Sue, I know you're loving the goblet full of white mother-of-pearl buttons!
Pattern or design used: My own design
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