1.08.2009

A Little Bit of Pretty...a tutorial~

So I don't know about all of you, but I felt the need to create something pretty to brighten up these dreary, winter days. I've had this project in the back of my mind for some time, but with an ice storm outside yesterday, and a house full of kiddos, crafting was on the agenda. So after I settled the kiddos in working on their own crafty creations, I set to work making mine.

And since I was making it anyway, I decided to take some photos and make a tutorial for my lovely readers. ( You should all be impressed with this, because I usually don't think about the tutorial thing until AFTER the project is complete...this makes the whole picture taking process somewhat difficult...)

And what are we making today, Wendy, you ask? Why, a button wreath, of course!

What you will need:

  • Lightweight cardboard (I like to collect this so I have it around for various projects...things like the cardboard that comes in folded shirts, large tags from clothing etc.)
  • Scrapbook paper (ideally this should be the color of the buttons you will be using.)
  • Two glasses (or other round objects) one smaller than the other.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stick glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks (I went through about 2 of these)
  • Buttons (lots - I used about 80 or so for my small wreath) I like white vintage buttons best, but you could use any color and you can buy them new - of course.
  • Ribbon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using the stick glue, start by gluing the scrapbook paper to the cardboard. Remember, stick glue is your friend...be very generous.

  2. Using a pencil, trace the rims of the glasses onto the paper. The larger glass outside and the smaller glass inside to create a wreath form.


  3. Cut out the wreath form. If you're the perfectionist-type you can gently sand the edges so they are smooth (using a sanding block), but keep in mind that they will be 90% hidden by the buttons.

  4. Now comes the fun part. Gather your buttons. I like to sort them into sizes before I get started gluing...makes the whole gluing process a little easier.



  5. Start by gluing a layer of large buttons to the form.




  6. Now glue a layer of slightly smaller buttons on top of the larger ones, staggering them to cover the spaces between the larger buttons.
    NOTE: I like to play around with where I will put the buttons because I want to vary the shades of the buttons...especially when using white buttons, because it creates more texture and interest.


  7. Continue gluing on buttons using smaller buttons each layer, and filling in the blank open spaces. This will create a rounded effect. Then I go back and add smaller buttons to the empty spaces left on the edge between the large buttons in the first layer. (That description is about as clear as mud, but hopefully, you get what I mean.)


  8. And that's it! Loop a pretty length of grosgrain ribbon around the top and tie with a bow...then hang it somewhere that will make you smile when you look at it.


These wreaths make lovely bridesmaid gifts when tied with a length of tulle or wired ribbon. They also look lovely tied over a mirror (which is actually where I have mine.) And just for fun...imagine one made in a heart shape or with red and pink buttons for Valentine's day. Very sweet! Let me know if any of you make one, I'd love to see your results!

Happy Crafting~

25 comments:

Betsy said...

How sweet...just wish I had more buttons lying around.

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

How adorable, I love that idea.... :-)

Cathleen

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

How adorable!! I love it. I love the Valentine idea...hmmmm...

Small House said...

Now this I can do, and use my button stash. Very pretty. Where do you come up with everything. A gift. Thanks.

Kari said...

So sweet and creative. It would be fun to use buttons collected by a Grandmother or something that had meaning, too. You sure are creative girl! and with 4 little ones, how do you find the time???

Rambling Girl said...

How cute...Going to Hobby Lobby this weekend and on my list Valentine color buttons...going to make this and will show you when I complete this. Just love all the tutorials...OMGoodness I am in a swap...gotta make one for my swap person...this is just to cute!

Sandy Toes said...

Very sweet and pretty!
-sandy toe

Jenny said...

Something for me to do today! I was also planning on copying the butterfly picture in the new Pottery Barn catalog...it's make with BUTTONS!

Laurel MacD said...

Very sweet - I love crafts that I can do wile my kids are awake. Thanks

Amber said...

Cute idea! And the blog looks fine to me. Older posts is at the bottom. And your sidebar looks normal. :-)

philben5 said...

Such a simple, elegant idea!
Thanks for sharing
Blessings
Roxanne

Shannon said...

Love this. I have tons of buttons I could use. Thanks!

Darlene said...

What a great idea! Your button wreath is sooooo pretty!

I can't help you at all but the comments come up next to the post with the little icon in your post for me. CRAZY...and who knows why it all of a sudden did that?!?!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

This little wreath is so pretty! It is so fun to have a bright project to enjoy in these January days! Great tutorial too!
Carrie

Disneyscrapper said...

I really like these! You are very nice to share this with all of us. I am planning on making one this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

Susan S. said...

Sweet little button wreath! I have a box FULL of buttons that I've sorted by color. I think this will be my project this week....get into my buttons and see what gets created. If it turns out as cool as yours, I'll blog about it. :)

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, that is just so sweet! I'm definitely going to make one of these. (along with the pixies, and all manner of other things you've shown -lol) You made it look so easy, too ;)

Jennifer said...

VERY cute! I'm not into buttons and I still love this. Hope you get some sunshine soon!

Shawna said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful!

Thanks for adding to my "oooh, I want to make" list ;)

Ps. the blog looks great!

Holly said...

I am loving this idea. I am going to have to make one for valentins day!! :) I wan't to know what is going on with your blog...I am going to call you now. :))

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oooh! Fun project, I love it! I'll be linking.

Holly said...

Very cute! I used to have a box of old buttons, but I don't know where it is now. :(

bec4 said...

This is wonderful and I am going to make some in red and oink for Valentine's day! Thanks for sharing.

Janice said...

This is my first time to take a peek at your blog. This button wreath is a cute idea. I'm intrigued to look at more of your posts. Thanks for sharing. I found you on small house, she is my sister.

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

Mine is done! It's hard when you don't collect buttons! Visit me and see what you think! It took 2 posts for me to complete!
Thanks for the inspiration!

http://lotsofloveformine.blogspot.com/2009/01/wreath-in-progress.html

http://lotsofloveformine.blogspot.com/2009/01/done.html