Monday, November 22, 2010

A pretty little wreath.

Before I ever saw Martha's version of a button wreath, I was making them my own way.

I think mine are cuter. And more solid.
Don't tell Martha.

Start with memory wire.
It's in the jewelry making section at craft stores. It has a memory. Duh.
No really. It's made of steel and it always holds it's shape.
If you use regular wire, you have to bend it into a perfect circle and that's tough to do.
If you use memory wire, just snip off a ring of it with strong wire cutters.

With round nose pliers, bend a loop on one end.
Then start threading shank buttons.

You can usually buy bags of them at thrift stores.

I collect vintage shank buttons. Yes, I'm a nerd. But they're perfect for this project!
As you load them on the wire, they'll flip flop themselves in opposite directions.
When you get to the end, grab your round nose pliers again and loop it through the original loop.
It takes some strength, but you can do it.

Tie on a pretty ribbon and you're done!
I love the vintage beachy feel this one has.
(I should have squeezed in a few more buttons to help hide the wire, but on well.)

So cute and so easy!
Have you been doing any holiday crafting lately?


Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

I'm finishing wrapping styrofoam wreaths with ribbon to hang from my dining room chairs for Christmas. Got the idea from Thrifty Decor Chick last year.

I'm also making Make Believe Play Dress Up boxes for my 2 great-nieces. Tons of inexpensive fun!

Linda said...

Hey Beki...these button wreaths are really cute! Thanks for sharing how to make them...that's awesome!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Debbi said...

What a great wreath! Ha ha, I collect vintage buttons, too!! I'm going to have to get me some memory wire...

kraftykash said...

Very clever, Mama! Lovei it. Might have to make some of these myself. :)

Molly said...

I like this little wreath! Very sweet!! Might have to make some for my friends at church!! Happy MOnday!
~Molly P

Wendy said...

That's adorable! I'm just going to have to add that to my list of things to make now. :o)

Kim said...

this is adorable! way to go :)

Tara said...

how cute is that! love them. may have to throw a few together myself.
thanks for sharing and giving such a good tutorial.

Shannon said...

So cute and simple!
What a great idea :)

Melinda said...

Very cute.
No nothing yet. Trying to get to Thanksgiving break!


Melinda said...

Very cute.
No nothing yet. Trying to get to Thanksgiving break!


The MacDonald Family said...

So beautiful! I'm just amazed by people who can think of these types of things and then actually produce them and then to have them look so amazing! I'd wear this as a bracelet its too cute! :)

Learning Spanish at 41 said...

I love buttons, too, so I guess that makes us both nerds. No crafting yet but I just broke down and bought a faux wreath at an estate sale and am going to fix it up with new ribbon and such for our door. I don't usually like faux xmas decor but this is for outside and I want to use it for years to come. :)

.adri. said...

yours ARE cuter :D
super adorable!


Laura said...

THIS just might be the Thanksgiving Day craft I was looking for
11 kids in my home that day
say a prayer, would ya?

Martha said...

I really love those wreathes
they look perfect and so pretty!!

Jill said...

Very Cute!!

Wendy said...

I finally made my first one!!! I was cleaning out my craft room and found the memory wire I bought last year for the project. Oops. Anyway, I love that I can use my grandma's old buttons for it! Makes it feel really special to me. :o)