This past Sunday, Jenn and Brittni came over. Our plan was to just hang out for a little bit, maybe go to the mall. So I was a little surprised when Brittni walked through the front door with containers filled with buttons and ribbons.
After we did our thing (which pretty much consisted of going to Bath & Body Works and smelling just about everything), we came back, found a pair of pliers, and set to work on Brittni’s project: button wreaths!
What you will need:
- buttons–lots of them
- ribbon–two kinds
- wire cutters or nice scissors
- needle nose pliers
Step 01: Cut off a piece of wire, really any length you like (I think ours were about 4-5 inches long). With your pliers, make a loop at one end of your wire.
Step 02: Now start adding buttons!
Step 03: Once you have finished with the buttons (the website she got this project from said to use about 38 buttons–I think we all wound up using way more than that), loop the other end of your wire into the loop and then twist so it doesn’t come back through.
Step 04: If you chose two different kinds of ribbon and one is wider than the other, take the thinner ribbon and tie it around the exposed wire.
Step 05: Take your second ribbon and make a bow around the first ribbon.
I swear, it was right-side-up when I started.
Step 06: You can stop there, but I added one last thing. A nice tree button.
I made some final adjustments at the end…mostly fixing my second bow. I used Martha Stewart’s first guide on how to make a bow. I followed it pretty much exactly, except for one thing. I couldn’t get my right loop to thread through my left loop with just my hands. The trick: use your teeth. Works perfectly. Yes.
The end result:
Jenn’s and Brittni’s turned out nice, as well!
These would be perfect tied around gifts.
As far as the supplies we used, Jenn and Brittni bought them…so I couldn’t really tell you the cost. They said about $20. The ribbon, though, was free. Apparently the use container of ribbon is from the last 23 years of Brittni’s life.
And this picture doesn’t even really do it justice. =P
Overall, fun project! If you have time this holiday season, I’d recommend it. Especially if you have kids to keep occupied over the holiday breaks.