Saturday, January 1, 2011

Buttonniere

In a total of an hour and a half I taught myself how to make a boutonniere made of buttons.  I came across a photo of one a while back while looking through wedding stuff.  Only now I don't know where I got it from.

So here is how you can do it for yourself!

Supplies:
Buttons (3-4 buttons per flower)
Floral wire (22 gage)
Pin (something to fasten it the boutonniere with)
Wire cutters


Step 1:
Select 3-4 buttons (setting them on top of each other helps to show you what the flower will end up looking like)

Step 2:
Loop the floral wire through the button holes.

Step 3:
To keep buttons tight together wrap one wire around the other as a kind of stopper.

Step 4:
Twist the rest of the wire together.

Step 5:
Repeat steps 1-4 until you have the number of desired flowers for your boutonniere. I like five usually but I made one with seven that I like too.

Step 6:
Arrange the boutonniere how you like it and wrap another floral wire around the bottom.

Step 7:
Trim off extra floral wire with the wire cutters

Step 8:
Hold the pin to the back of the boutonniere and wrap floral wire around it to secure it to the boutonniere and also camouflage it.


Now take a look at your new master piece :)

I did step 1-6 last night for the two groomsmen boutonnieres and for my main squeeze's.
Then I went and picked up the pins from Fusion Beads (love that store... so much more than beads).  All together I really don't think I spent more than 90 mins on this project and I think they turned out GREAT!


I'm going to make my bouquets out of buttons too.  I'm sure the arranging is going to be a little more difficult though!  However it is fun to make the button flowers!

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21 comments:

  1. That is really adorable and an innovative idea. Bet they smell nice! ;)

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  2. Super cute and perfect for St. Patrick's Day too. Thanks for the "how-to" tips. I've seen some very clever bouquets (my daughter got married in September) and I love your idea. It should be darling. I'm visiting from Thrifty Thursday. I hope you'll pop over to Cottage and Creek for a visit.
    Best to you,
    Lynn

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  3. So fun & cute!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

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  4. Mormishmom @ Funky PolkaDot GiraffeMarch 3, 2011 5:53 PM

    This is so darling!!! I hope you'll come link up to TOO Cute Tuesday!

    http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com/2011/03/too-cute-tuesday-linky-par-tay-20.html

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  5. HOOTIN' ANNIMarch 4, 2011 3:05 AM

    Amazing!!! Who would have thought that something so common as buttons could be a work of art! Love it.

    My Flaunt It link: A Beautiful Girl

    Do stop by if you get a chance to visit. Happy Happy Rango Weekend.

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  6. Heavenly SavingsMarch 4, 2011 8:26 AM

    Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!
    http://heavenlysavings.blogspot.com

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  7. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy PaperMarch 4, 2011 8:42 AM

    So so cute! I love them for St. Patty's Day but thinking just bright and fun buttons would be perfect for any time of the year. Going to have to try this out.
    http://itsybitsypaper.blogspot.com

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  8. Borrowed and BleuMarch 5, 2011 6:01 AM

    Those turned out so cute! Love them!

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  9. Love how these turned out! I've never seen anything like them and I think it's a great alternative to a flower corsage. It's hard to believe they were so easy to make because they look really complicated!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and introducing yourself :)

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  10. Courtney ~ French Country CottageMarch 5, 2011 2:40 PM

    They are just darling and very creative!! Thanks for coming over and sharing these at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  11. Love this! How original! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you are having a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  12. Amanda @ Serenity NowMarch 6, 2011 11:29 AM

    What a fabulous idea!! It looks like something expensive and complicated...you did a great job with simplifying the tutorial. :)

    Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Have fun finding some new reads, and I hope you'll stop by to visit Serenity Now again soon. :)

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  13. Mel the Crafty ScientistMarch 6, 2011 6:26 PM

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I looked for this post that you referenced and it's super-cute - I'm a big fan of buttons myself! Your whole blog looks awesome and you're obviously a VERY talented artist!

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  14. Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.comMarch 7, 2011 5:54 PM

    aww this is so cute and sweet!! if you have a chance come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  15. Lauren @ YoungNesterMarch 8, 2011 12:06 PM

    Love this too!

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  16. CUUUTE! I love the buttons. You figured it out on your own? Amazing!

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  17. gail@myrepurposedlife.netMarch 9, 2011 4:37 PM

    very cute! off to see if you posted pics of your bouquet!
    gail

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  18. Michelle from Fun On A DimeMarch 10, 2011 12:50 PM

    Such a cute idea!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Brag Fest!

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  19. Lorrie Everitt StudioMarch 11, 2011 5:38 AM

    I saw these in a wedding magazine last summer too - they were in yellow and designed by an artist on etsy. I'm planning on making these this summer for a friend's daughter's wedding ... but in yellow/grey/white. I've been hunting and saving antique buttons in these colours for months now. Great tutorial!

    I have a tutorial on my blog right now for making glass charm necklaces ... a great idea for flower girls and bridesmaids!

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  20. Lori - What Remains NowMarch 24, 2011 4:48 AM

    Hi Kaitlin,

    Your idea inspired me to do a button bouquet on my blog http://www.whatremainsnow.com. It's the post for March 24, 2011. I enjoy being one of your new readers.

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  21. KristinaMay 27, 2011 6:08 PM

    I think it's interesting that we both linked up posts of monograms, and green boutonnieres. You can check mine out at www.alwaysspringtimeflowers.com

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