As the weather turns colder, I like to hunker down in front of the fire and do a little crafty project. Sometimes on a lazy Sunday afternoon, once I've read the Times and done my fill of the crossword puzzle, I sort through my button collection and make a few button bouquets.
Later today on my Etsy site, I'll be listing a white bouquet I made along with a vintage floral pitcher. I love the flowers on this pitcher. So 1940's! Doesn't the button bouquet look sweet in this piece?
If you're looking for a simple "nothing to do on a snowy afternoon project," give these button bouquets a try. Here's my tutorial, originally posted in October 2007, to give you some guidance . . .
What you'll need: an array of buttons, 22 gauge green florist stem wire (cut to 18 inches long), green floral tape, needle-nose pliers, wire cutters and green polysilk leaves.
How to make the bouquet: sort through your buttons and decide on a color scheme. You'll need both interesting small buttons that you can feature on the top of each blossom and more plain large ones to be used under those. Begin to stack multiple buttons on top of each other to create dimensional flowers. Fold the florist wire in half and thread both wire ends through the button holes, staring with the smallest to the largest button in the stack. Using the pliers, twist the wires tightly together under the last button. Add florist leaves and wrap the wire stems in floral tape, starting at the top and working your way down to the base.
Arrange your "flowers" in a vase and you're done!
Aren't they pretty?
(This post is linked to Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. Check it out!)