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How To Make A DIY Button Wreath

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.

styrofoam wreath form and colored buttons for diy button wreath

To make my button wreath I used a 12″ styrofoam wreath form.

 

different colored button supplies for diy button wreath

After looking through the colored buttons these are the ones I decided to use.

 

Starting the Button Wreath

poking hole into styrofoam wreath for button back posts to fit into when gluing

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.

 

glued button into hole in styrofoam wreath form

The you glue your button in place, making sure the post goes into the hole you just made.

 

using a large lazy susan to create diy button wreath

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.

 

adding white and cream buttons to wreath form with glue gun

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.

 

finished adding base layer of white and cream buttons to wreath form

The white and cream buttons are just the base for my colored buttons.

 

close up of buttons blued onto styrofoam wreath form to show spaces left between 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

gluing red buttons onto wreath form in the spaces between the white and cream 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.

 

gluing blue buttons onto wreath form in the spaces between the white and cream buttons

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.

 

gluing yellow and green buttons onto wreath form in the spaces between the white and cream buttons

After going around and around with the yellow buttons, I decided I needed to add some green ones too.

 

turned the wreath form upside down to glue buttons around bottom edges

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.

 

finished diy button wreath with white cream red blue yellow and green butons

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.

 

diy button wreath using colorful buttons

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

making diy picks out of paper clips to add garland to back of diy 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.

 

diy paper clip picks used to hold white garland onto back of wreath

Here you can see them holding a white garland in place that I added around the back of the wreath.

 

white garland back view of diy button 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

 

diy button wreath using colorful buttons

I hung my button wreath simply, with just a piece of red nylon rope.

 

Supplies used for lace and ribbon pumpkins

– 12″ styrofoam wreath form
– misc buttons
– Hot glue gun
– Hot glue sticks
– metal letter opener (or something to poke holes into styrofoam)
– garland or some backing material (optional)
– piece of red nylon rope, or something else for hanging
– metal paper clips

 

How to make a colorful diy button wreath with white garland back

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!

XOX

 

Save either version of this wreath, or both, for later by pinning!

How to create a colorful and fun diy button wreath

How to create a fun and colorful diy button wreath

 

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22 Comments

  1. TOO CUTE! I actually prefer the one without the garland backing. If it were mine I would have done the all white and ivory but that’s just my preference. I would also have added more buttons on top of the first layer and second layer and so on, so that no styrofoam at all showed through, again just me. It will definitely be cheery to come home to and welcome your guests! I love buttons and have quite a supply myself. Mine are in large jars but I haven’t color coded them yet. It is something I will do eventually.

    1. Thanks Shirley! This project really lends itself to any color scheme, whatever fits any decor really. The wreath form only shows through in very small spaces, which you don’t really notice in person unless you look really closely. The white and cream buttons really do the trick of blending the wreath form in. Organizing my buttons by color did take some time as they were all mixed up, but it was actually quite relaxing.

  2. Amy Torres says:

    I think I like the Garland since it helps to make it pop against the aqua door. If it were hanging on white background, I would prefer no garland. 🙂 I love your blog SO MUCH!! This is the only blog where i read every post 🙂

    1. Wow, thank you so much Amy! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my blog. I totally agree with you about the garland thing. That’s a great point. 🙂

  3. This is so beautiful and cheery!! I like the softer version with the white garland. And I have to admit, the photo of the wreath form with just the white and ivory took my breath away! I love how vintage the buttons look. Reminds me of buttons on grandmothers’ sweaters. The colored version though would be perfect for my front door. Great job!

    1. Thanks Cindy! You’re so right about the white and ivory buttons, but to go that route completely was just not me either. But this is a project that could be customized to any color scheme and a great way to use up part of a button stash.

  4. Cristine Meixner says:

    This is truly something to behold! I like the garland version best, but it is gorgeous either way!

  5. Patricia B says:

    Hey Tuula, That is a super idea…. Seems to me, I may have all the supplies on hand. (minus the garland) Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  6. Oh, I can see one of those in my future! Hanging on my craftroom door!!! Great idea, girl!! Dona

  7. I like it both ways. Would be a fun addition to a craft room door, too. My favorite thing though is that laztvSusan tip. Good grief! What a huge help that will be on such a variety of projects. Thanks so much!

    1. You’re so welcome Debbie! I’m so glad you found my tip helpful. I couldn’t do without a lazy susan for these smaller projects like this.

  8. I think I like it better with the garland, but better yet, maybe a colored garland…I don’t know, but I think it adds to it. I like it the other way too. Great idea to have a lazy susan for this project. I can imagine the hours it took to complete!

    1. Thanks Florence! Yes, a colored garland would be nice too and I really couldn’t do without a lazy susan in my craft room. Comes in handy in so many ways.

  9. What a great way to use up those jars of buttons, which I have plenty of! I like the wreath both ways with or without the garland, depending on where it’ll be hung. Pinned 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Marie! Now I just need to use the other kajillion buttons I still have left. lol. Thanks for pinning!

      1. I love the wreath with or without the garland. I think it needs one or more of the colorful flowers you create for your yard. Thank you for the idea!

        1. Thanks very much Amy! I never thought of putting a flower on it. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂