step by step simple instructions on making your own DIY button bouquet. Button
bouquets are a great alternative to flowers, fairly easy to make, much cheaper
than brooches and can be personalized to suit your colour scheme and tastes. My
technique is one I have found works for me and not one I have seen used
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Buttons as many as you can afford or collect, in at least 3 different sizes,
to build stacks with. I have a selection
at the bottom of this page.
Beads to top the stacks or larger ones to fill gaps, you can use old bead
Wire, you will need absolutely loads don't under estimate how much you will
need. I am using 1 x 50cm length PER button. I bought my wire from
I used 0.5 this is a good thickness for threading through buttons and
twisting easily. (0.5mm Silver Plated Copper Wire NON TARNISH soft )
A cheap plastic sieve
Lace bouquet frill, either one larger than your bouquet to frame it, or one
the same size so that it only covers the underneath. I sell one on this page.
1 Bouquet handle, I sell these too the lady oasis ones are best as they have
more space in the handle for the stems, a lot of the others on sale have very
slim handles. also available here
Tools- small nosed pliers, wire cutters, I bought a 5 piece mini tool set
A coffee jar or vase to stand it in between stages.
Choose 3 or 4 different size buttons to make a stack, I always top this with
either a bead or a button with a shank. Cut a length of wire enough to double
up, approx 50cm is a good length. Fold the wire in half then thread on a bead
then the buttons. At this point DO NOT TWIST THE WIRE!
Top tip, if you use a button with a shank it will flop around, buy some cheap
fish tank tubing off eBay and cut enough to slot over the shank, it is soft
enough to hold the wire too and keeps the button upright.
This was by far the hardest part no matter how I tried I couldn't get the
perfect shape. So I had an idea! I bought a cheap plastic sieve from Dunelm to
form the shape. In order to give it depth and save any gaps I covered the sieve
with 1 layer of basic buttons. I actually stitched them on but I guess you could
The next step was to put all the stacks onto the bouquet. I did this by
inserting the wired stacks into the gaps between the buttons already on the
sieve. Once they are pushed through grip the wire tightly INSIDE the sieve at
the base of the stack and twist the sieve this will twist the wire and hold the
buttons tightly in place. I have shown it here without a bottom layer of buttons
for clarity. Top Tip:- you might want to wear a glove or put a sock over your hand and wrist to do this or you will look like you have been attacked by something with claws!
insert the bouquet into your bouquet collar. If you want a larger collar you
can top it with circles of tulle, netting or lace. You may need to trim the hole
for the handle to allow all the stems to pass through.
However you decide to make the handle it needs to be comfortable and safe.
Make sure there are no ends of wire sticking out anywhere. This is why i enclose
it all inside a plastic handle.
You can either wrap the stems in ribbon to form your handle or you can use
the handle from an Oasis lady bouquet holder. I have used this as it gives a
neater more practical handle. If you are using the handle first remove the Oasis
ball then trim off the open work plastic at the top, you may need to file off
the rough edges.
Insert the stems into the holder to check the fit. trim the stems so that
they sit in the holder at the right height. Remove the bouquet collar and handle
and glue the collar into the handle.
when the handle and collar are secure and the glue has dried, pop the bouquet
into the holder.
The 4 buttons that you can see underneath the lace frill have long
lengths of wire through them in a U shape. This was then pushed through the
frill so that the frill had 8 lengths of wire coming out of the top. The bouquet
was pushed into the frill and the wire was threaded evenly through the bouquet.
I used a large upholstery needle. The wire was pulled tight to hold the bouquet
firmly. Then I wrapped the wire tightly around the underside of an adjacent
button several times. Cutting it off as close to the button as possible.
frill attached to handle side view and looking in
wire from below pulled through frill and threaded into large needle
needle pulled up through buttons by wiggling about and easing buttons aside until it's through, then wind round a butoon tightly clip off and tuck away ends
Examples of finished button bouquets