How to make a button bouquet *

Instructions on how to make a button bouquet, (DIY tutorial)



This is an example of bouquets made by one of my customers who followed the tutorial and made these for her daughter's wedding. Scroll down to the end to see how they colour co-ordinate with the dresses!

Follow these step by step simple instructions to make 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.

But if you are looking for how to make brooch bouquets click here

Materials needed for making a D.I.Y button bouquet

My method uses a cheap plastic sieve as the base!

Buttons as many as you can afford or collect, in at least 3 different sizes, to build stacks with. 

Tiny beads to top the stacks and 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 50 cm 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 )

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 a 9" one here

lace collar for bouquet

 

You may want to use a plastic 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

useful 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.

  • Step 1 wiring your buttons for a button bouquet

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 50 cm 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!

Useful 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.

  • Step 2 preparing to assemble your button bouquet

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, sewing them on keeps the amount of wire down and saves on the weight.


  • Step 3 assembling your DIY button bouquet

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.

 Useful 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!

 As 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.

 

When 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.

  • Step 4 finalizing the shape of your button bouquet

When 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 bouquet.

  • Step 5 the bouquet holder

 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.

  • Step 6 the bouquet handle

 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 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.

I actually wired the 2 pieces together instead of using glue and decorated 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.

Use 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 bouquets

 

Customer's image of bouquets co-ordinated with dress colours

 

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