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DIY – How to Make Button Flowers

diy how to make button flowersDIY – How to Make Button Flowers. Urban Jungle Bloggers have asked bloggers to style up their homes for October and submit photos of … Plants & Flowers. I’ve also been thinking about Button Craft, so I’ve brought the two together to bring you Plants and … Button Flowers! To follow is a DIY – How to Make Button Flowers.

You will need:

  • Buttons. An assortment to find different sizes and colours
  • Florist Wire. 22 or 24 Gauge. 20 gauge works, but is a little thick
  • Blu-Tack. But green 🙂 I already had bright blue and yellow and mixed
  • Jewelry Snips. To trim excess wire if you have it

How to:stacks of coloured buttonsstacks of coloured buttonsstacks of coloured buttonsFirst gather your buttons and decide on the colour of each stack. Play around until you have your button flower colour scheme sorted.

tutorial steps how to make button flowersMaking button flowers is easy. Simply thread your wire through all the holes.

Make a bend in the wire, long enough to thread back through and make a twist.

If you have a four-holed button, make sure you thread diagonally across.

With a two-holed button, go up through one and down through the other.

Do this for each stack of buttons.

To finish, twist the wires together. Snip excess wire if you have any.

how to make button flowersI have made button flowers before without finishing with the green tack, but to make these button flowers a bit more finished and pretty, I simply squished some green tack to create a ‘calyx’ for the flower.

Now you’ll have button flowers on stems. Poke the wire into whatever you want to decorate. In this case …

button flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers close upbutton flowers in cactus planterbutton flowers in cactus planterbutton flowers in cactus planterButton flowers add a POP of colour to your plants!

If you like the planter it is in, you can find it here – DIY – Kmart Hack – Make a Planter from a Metal Lantern.

Claire

DIY – How to Make a Button Barrel Necklace

diy button barrel necklace tutorial adorablestDIY – How to Make a Button Barrel Necklace. Full tutorial on how to Make a Button Barrel Necklace from leftover buttons in your favourite colours. A cute and economical craft using buttons.

There is a “Count your Buttons Day” – there seriously is a day named for this. I had better start counting now – I have lots! So it got me thinking about button craft.

A few years ago, I made a necklace from random buttons that were bright and eclectic. I still wear it today and love it. Today I thought I’d show you how to make one and in the process, I made a slightly more grown-up version 🙂

diy button barrel necklace tutorial suppliesYou will need:

  • Buttons. An assortment!
  • Necklace / Chain.
  • 50mm Head Pin / Eye Pin.
  • Side Cutter & Round Nose Pliers.

How to:

diy button barrel necklace how to make tutorial adorablestGather your supplies.

Rearrange your buttons until you are happy. Look at the edge patterns too.

Snap a PHOTO! It helps 🙂

If you have head pins (like in picture above), just snip off the end. (You won’t need to worry about this and the next few steps if you started with an eye pin!)

You’ll want to start with a wire that is at least 50mm or 2″

Bend about 5mm at a right angle.

Use your Round Nose Pliers to create a loop.

Now you have an EYE PIN.

Thread on your buttons in your order – refer to your photo … did you take one? 🙂

Snip excess wire to keep your buttons close and neat.

Now create another loop at the other end.

Snip your chain in half.

At this point, think about how you want it to hang (colours) and if you like your clasp on a certain side. Are you left or right handed?

Twist open the loop, don’t open out the circle and thread on your chain.

Close your loops securely at both ends. Ta-dah!

Wear your pretty necklace or make to give as a gift …

diy button barrel necklace tutoialdiy button barrel necklace make craftdiy button barrel necklace adorablestI like that it is slightly quirky and the buttons aren’t all exactly the same size. Of course you could use other colour chain too – just match the pin colour. Notice how some buttons have swirls on their rims. You could also use wooden buttons and clear buttons add a touch of whimsy too. The possibilities are almost endless.

Claire

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