Introduction: Button Flower Bouquet

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Make sure you hop over to my Blue Velvet Chair blog if you like this project and want to see more interesting repurpose designs.

Even though the idea has been around a while, I felt absolutely giddy when I picked up the bunch of button flowers I put together this weekend. There is something so deliciously tactile about these little peeps of eye candy - so I'm going to provide a quick how-to in the hopes that you might also be inspired to pull out your buttons. I promise, even a few will make you smile!

Step 1: Collect Your Buttons

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First things first, you'll need buttons! I had some tucked away from my button mosaic mirror project, but a recent thrift store sprint really boosted my supplies.

Step 2: Collect Your Tools

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Besides your buttons, all you need are wire cutters (heavy duty scissors also work) and your choice of wire. I used a silver wire to give a 'modern' feeling, but green florist wire is also a nice option.

Step 3: Determine Colors

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Next it's time to cut lengths of wire to your desired length (make sure to double over the wire to determine final length) and begin to lay out some colored patterns for your button flowers.

Step 4: Wiring the Flowers

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 'Thread' the buttons one at a time onto your wire and slide them half-way down the wire. Then wrap the wire back down through the opposite holes in the buttons. Pull down the wire tight.

Step 5: Making the Flower

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Now hold the (bottom) button with one hand, and begin to twist it while holding the two wires down below and using your fingers as a guide. Start with your fingers high up on the wires underneath the buttons and gradually slide them downward with each twist of the button. The twisting of the wire won't always be perfect, but that's OK. As my sister told me long ago, art is not perfect.

Step 6: Flower Stems

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You'll end up with a long twisted stem that looks something like this.

Step 7: Make a Bouquet

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And when I picked up the 15 or so that I made and held them as a bunch for the first time...I felt giddy! The colors popped and the stems felt so tactile in my hands. Small pleasures.

Step 8: Flower Vase

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Finally, clip your stems to the desired length for your vase. They would also be great in Easter decorations or small plants. How would you use them? I am so infatuated with my little flowers that I can't wait to make more and fatten up my bouquet. But for now...I know I'll smile each time I pass by my little button flowers.

Comments

katket56 (author)2011-10-07

I love these!! I had a box of button that were my sisters and I was going to throw them out - I went digging and found them and started making them. You're right! They do make you giddy!! They just put a smile on your face, everytime you look at them - Going to start making them for Christmas gifts. Thank you for coming up with that!!!!

That's so cool to hear! So glad you gave it a try.

happyjo (author)2011-09-02

This is such a great idea! Also very fun to make! :D thanks for making this instructable.

re.Create Design (author)happyjo2011-09-05

Thanks! So glad you liked it.

happyjo (author)re.Create Design2011-09-05

Yeah! I am going to try and make a button-wire necklace pendant!

re.Create Design (author)happyjo2011-09-06

Would love to see it if you do!

xavec (author)2011-07-20

very cute. I'm glad someone did this, and I think you've put it together really nicely!

re.Create Design (author)xavec2011-07-21

Thanks! I highly recommend that you make some - they are so cute!

VintageAnn (author)2011-07-17

Sooooooo CUTE! Amazing how something as simple as buttons and wire can be turned into art,

splazem (author)2011-07-16

Cool beans!

ChrysN (author)2011-07-15

Nice idea, it is so pretty and colourful.

re.Create Design (author)ChrysN2011-07-16

Thanks! I loved the results - and such an easy project, really.

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