How to Make a DIY Button Wreath
A while ago I was very lucky to find four large jars of thrifted buttons gloriousness.
I now have more buttons than I know what to do with, but that’s not a bad problem to have.
Since this was my first stash of buttons I asked my readers how I should organize them and the consensus was by color, so that’s exactly what I did.
For this project I pulled out my bags of colored buttons.
To make my button wreath I used a 12″ styrofoam wreath form.
After looking through the colored buttons these are the ones I decided to use.
Starting the Button Wreath
If you’re using regular flat buttons you can just go ahead and hot glue them on, but all my buttons have backs with raised posts.
For this type of button all you have to do is poke a little hole into the styrofoam for the post before gluing. I used a metal letter opener, and it was very easy to do.
The you glue your button in place, making sure the post goes into the hole you just made.
I used my large wooden lazy susan to help me create my button wreath.
When I found this a while ago for $2 I knew that it would come in handy. I keep in in my craft studio for projects just like this.
This is a project that you’re constantly turning to get even button coverage, and a lazy susan makes it so easy to go around and around and around.
The white and cream buttons are just the base for my colored buttons.
Here you can see the spaces that I’ve purposely left so the raised posts of the colored buttons will fit between them.
You could, of course, just continue covering the wreath with white and cream buttons. If you’re into neutral colors that would be quite beautiful.
But I’m a color-loving gal so I’m going for a fun and coloful wreath.
Adding Colored Buttons
With my colored buttons I started adding red ones first, just here and there, going around and around.
I didn’t want bunches of the same color in any spot.
Then I started going around and around with blue buttons.
When gluing on the colored buttons it’s important to get hot glue around the outer edge on the underside of the buttons.
This is because you want the colored buttons to adhere to the edges of the white and cream buttons with the posts falling in the between spaces.
After going around and around with the yellow buttons, I decided I needed to add some green ones too.
Once I had enough buttons on the tops and sides of the wreath I turned it over to finish off the bottom of the inside and outside areas.
And here’s my finished fun and colorful button wreath. I love how the cream and white buttons really set off the colored ones. There’s also a few lady bug buttons which are such fun.
I have no idea how many buttons are on this wreath, but I know it’s in the hundreds for sure.
Here it is hanging on my front door. You don’t see much of the wreath form at all because of the white and cream buttons, but there are a few teeny tiny spots… but you’d have to look real close to notice those.
You could certainly leave it just like this, but since I’m pretty much known for not knowing when to say when, lol, so I need to give it a little extra something.
Also, it looked a little hard to me so I wanted to soften it a bit.
Adding a Backing to a Button Wreath
I’m not sure what the little thingies are called that you use in floral arrangements, maybe floral pins, but I made my own out of paperclips by just using pliers.
Here you can see them holding a white garland in place that I added around the back of the wreath.
For me this garland adds a lovely wintery feel, and since we were just home bound by a blizzard for a couple of days it’s certainly appropriate. lol.
And it can easily be removed if I want to either change the backing or just display the button wreath au natural.
I used a piece of this same thrifted garland on my DIY ornaments wreath
I hung my button wreath simply, with just a piece of red nylon rope.
Now I’m not going to lie… this was not a quick project.
I spent hours and hours gluing on these buttons, one at a time, and at first I was a little antsy because I knew it was going to take a long time.
But then I decided to banish the clock from my craft room, turn on some music, and just enjoy the creative process.
And after that I really enjoyed creating it.
I always want to have something cheerful on my front door to come home to, and to welcome visitors too.
And for me this diy button wreath does the trick, and makes me smile, with or without the garland.
Which version do you prefer?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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