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 elsewhere.
Looking for how to make
brooch bouquets click here
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 necklaces.
Wire, you will need absolutely
loads don't under estimate how much you will need. I am using 1 x 50cm length
PER button. You can buy silver plated copper wire here
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, choose one with a wide handle not a slim one as they have more space in the handle for the
stems. A lot of the others I have seen on sale have very slim handles. handles and frills available here
Tools- small nosed pliers, wire
cutters, I bought a 5 piece mini tool set from eBay
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 wire them.
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!
you add each stack you can twist it into the others to form a central stem. You
may feel that you need to add a couple of layers, and fill gaps with beads or
just small fancy buttons. The finished dome should be rock solid with no gaps
where you can see through to the sieve.
you have finished wrap the stem with tape as the wires are sharp. In the image
below you can see the layer of buttons stitched to the mesh of the sieve. If
you are going to use a plastic handle the stem will need to be narrow enough to
fit inside, so twist it very tight or cut some away when you have finished.
you are happy that you have all your buttons in place and the shape is quite
solid, use a pair of scissors to cut the mesh of the sieve away from the
plastic loop around the outside. this leaves all the mesh hidden inside the
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
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
when the handle and collar are
secure and the glue has dried, pop the bouquet into the holder.
actually wire the 2 pieces together instead of using glue and decorate
with buttons at the join.
with the handles I am now stocking you don't need to do this as the handles just click into the frill collar but you do still need to remove the oasis to create room for the wire.
wire threaded through the top of the bouquet and down through the frill of
the holder to secure the bouquet into place. You can see the larger decorative
buttons at the point where I have done this on the underside.
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 button tightly clip off and tuck away ends
Examples of finished button