7.29.2009

From the Archives...A tutorial~

On Vacation so here's a post FROM THE ARCHIVES...

This post originally appeared on January 8, 2009.

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.



Happy Crafting~

10 comments:

Barb said...

Very sweet.
Thanks for sharing the how to's.

blessings,
Barbara jean

Sachiko said...

I love it! Thank you for the Great tutorial!

cottagesweet said...

Love it! Will have to make one for my laundry/sewing room. Thanks!

Astrid said...

Thanks for sharing! I wonder if you could use something other than hot glue....because it might make a fun kid project.

Great idea! :)

welovetucker said...

Thanks this is so cute, with the buttons, I think I am going to have to make one.

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Wendy said...

How cute!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love this project and I love the neutral colors too. Hope you're enjoying your holiday! :)
Carrie

Anny said...

Oh this is so cute!

Cheri Peoples said...

cute --the silver paper was pretty also.


I am starting a NEW Mr. Linky party. It will begin on Aug 10th so everyone will have a week and a half to think about their first post. I have a poll up for votes on which button should be the new button. The "party" is called The Knock Off Knock Out-where THRIFTY meets creative sensation. Go over and learn more about the new weekly event and I would appreciate if you would cast your vote and HELP pick the new button design and its the last week for the July GIVE-A-Way, if you would like to be a part of that event..
Cheri

Kerrera Skye said...

What a fantastic idea - I have so many of these little old buttons. Thanks for sharing.
BTW - nice blog - I stumbled across it while browsing.