Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!! Today, I thought I'd share a tutorial with you.
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


  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.

So simple...so pretty!

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Decorchick! said...

That button wreath is just TOO adorable!!!

Christie said...

This wreath is so adorable! thanks for sharing! Just lovely! three pixie lane

freckled laundry said...

Ooh...love the button wreath, especially the scale. Thanks for hosting!


Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

What a pretty wreath! And I love it hanging for that long ribbon. Thanks for hosting. :)

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

LOVE the wreath!

Thelittlebrownhouse.us said...

I love the wreath! And once again, great minds think alike - my craft this week used buttons too! Gotta love them!

Mine for the Making said...

LOVE your wreath!! Too cute! I can totally see a few seasonal button wreaths popping up in my home! Thanks for the inspiration...love your blog :)

Kara @ Mine for the Making

Leanne said...

The button wreath is so pretty. Thanks for the party.

Bliss Bloom Blog said...

So pretty and vintage-like-- love the wreath! Thanks for hosting the party!!

sanctified by truth said...

I'm SOO in love with this!! My grandma had a huge old tin full of buttons that I used to sit and run my hands through when I was little so anything 'buttons' has such great memories for me! I'm saving up and searching for enough to make one of these!! Thanks!!

AliLilly said...

I love that wreath!!! I want to make one for my daughter room. Thanks for the tutorial!!

Thanks for hosting! :)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Thank you for hosting, and I really LOVE the pictures of you and your sister below. You're both gorgeous and so photogenic. Your husband did a great job of capturing your images. Have a great weekend!

paige said...

total sweetness!

Whimsical Creations said...

Sp pretty!!

m e g a n said...

That is so cute! It would look really pretty to have a ton of those on a Christmas tree!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Love that button wreath. It looks so delicate in those soft colors.
Thanks for hosting.

Joy Beadworks said...

Im new here! Gald I found you!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

This is such a beautiful idea.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Hi Wendy! I haven't been able to visit in so long, but I am so glad I picked today to check things out. What a fabulous gift idea! Thanks for the tutorial and I cannot wait to go visit the other great ideas.


Michele said...

your wreath is a thing of beauty. thanks for the tutorial!

and thanks too for hosting this party. these folk are having such fun!

Jess said...

Love the wreath! We did that once with a picture frame (a wedding shower gift, I think). Thanks for hosting!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love the wreath. I have a whole tin of old buttons from my Grandma that would be perfect for this! Thanks for the inspiration.

Anne K. said...

Thanks for a super tutorial! I have sooooo many "ordinary" buttons from deconstructing shirts and other stuff. They're all in a jar, looking boring. I'm absolutely going to make some of these - small ones would be adorable as Christmas ornaments or tied to a gift package, don't you think? :-)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love it hanging in the window. Simple and fun - my kind of project.

Brandy said...

The button wreath!!! Wow! New follower