Thursday, 1 September 2011

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Sorry, long over due Button Bouquet Tutorial.  This is really simple to make and the results are stunning.  The hardest bit is finding enough buttons to match your colour scheme.  It's also not a cheaper alternative to a fresh flower bouquet but it definitely costs less than the £200 most sellers seem to market them at.

 You will need a mix of different size buttons in different finishes.  I also bought sparkly earrings and rings and pulled the backs off them to make the overall bouquet prettier. 

I used 26 gauge florist wire for this one and doubled them up for most stems.  It needed to be very flexible so I could easily shape the bouquet and that the bouquet stem wouldn't end up too bulky with once all the individual stems were combined.  

Take a selection of different buttons

Thread them onto the floristry wire

Each stem should look like this!

This stem is going to have an earring glued to it so I have wrapped a pipe cleaner around the head of the stem to give it some support.  I made roughly 100 stems for the finished bouquet

Once you have all the completed stems twist bunches of them together and them wrap these bunches together til the bouquet starts to take shape.

To hide all the wires I purchased a bouquet holder.  I didn't end up using this one as I managed to find a creamy lace one that matched my Sisters dress

I forgot to take photos of the next stages so will do my best to describe them:

Remove the bouquet holder and cover the stem in double sided carpet tape.

Tightly wrap ribbon around the stem from the bottom upwards. Tie the end at the top.

Replace the bouquet holder and add some ribbon tails if you wish.  I did this by tying a length of ribbon round the bouquet and hid it under the holder allowing just the tails to peep out

I then covered the end of the holder with more carpet tape and ribbon.

The finished bouquet:



If you have any questions or need any help with any of the stages drop me an email or leave me a comment below :)

19 comments:

  1. I love this idea thank you for sharing x

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  2. This is absolutely gorgeous, such a fabulous idea!

    xo

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  3. Stunning, you are super talented X

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  4. wow super gorgeous you're so talented!

    jos xx

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  5. This really is gorgeous! I Wish I had the patience to do something like it for my own wedding! xx

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  6. I ADORE this! Showed my mum and she thinks it's gorgeous too. She's getting married in the next year or two so I may end up attempting this! x

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  7. I love this!! its quite vintage, im getting married next year this is so up my street, thanks for the info kirsty x

    www.sunnybankroad.blogspot.com

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  8. Such a great idea! looks wonderful :)

    Annest X
    http://jumperjungle.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is gorgeous, so original and it looks beautiful! You clever thing.

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  10. What a wonderful alternative to a flower bouquet for a wedding! LOVE it.. especially the one little button that says "I do". I hope it is okay, I just couldn't help but feature your post on my button crafts round-up hub here:

    http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/Super-Cute-Button-Crafts-Tutorial-Round-Up?done


    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Jamie B.

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  11. This is great! Can you tell me where you got the 'I do' button from? I have been looking for ages and cannot find one! Love the lace too! Xxx

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    1. Hello, I made the I do button myself. I bought some clear resin circles from eBay (like these ones http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10x-20mm-clear-resin-domes-stickers-cabochons-tiles-pendant-jewellery-craft-/251019834588?pt=UK_Crafts_JewelleryMaking_GL&hash=item3a71f2b4dc) printed I Do on a bit of card and stuck it all to a button :)

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  12. This is great! Can you tell me where you got the 'I do' button from? I have been looking for ages and cannot find one! Love the lace too! Xxx

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  13. attempting this next week, everything on order form ebay, cost me around £60. Wedding isn't until 2014 but I think if this goes well I will make button centerpieces as well!! I think it's best to get the fiddle things out of the way ASAP as a work college has told me if she see's one more diamonte/glue gun she will cancel her wedding lol! (its two months away).
    Ah I rambled! Long story short, love this!! Will post a picture when it's done!!

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  14. I think the wire I have used it too thin, is there anything I can do without starting over?! None of the stems seem to sit right and they all just overlap each other. Thanks

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    1. What gauge wire have you used? Some of the buttons do overlap a little bit and this makes sure there are no gaps. If the buttons are too heavy for the wire and droop wrap pipe cleaners around the top to give them more strength and support them.

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    2. Have sorted this now thanks,used 34 gauge, was ok for the button holes I made, found some stronger thicker wire, where did you get the bouquet holder from? have been searching on Ebay, have found nothing!

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    3. Just had a quick look on eBay and it seems they are called bouquet collars http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=bouquet+collar

      I bought one from eBay and one from hobbycraft to get the right colour match for my sisters dress :)

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  15. A really good way to hold everything in place is to use a cheap plastic sieve! Once you have got it all in place and tied together, cut the plastic loop off the sieve and finish it off. I was having major problems getting everything in the right place.

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