Button Bouquets

Button BouquetI recently made these 2 button bouquets as a special request for a customer.

Button BouquetI made them in pint mason jars, which I decoupaged with patterns (per the customer’s request).  Could these be any cuter?

Button BouquetEach bouquet has 32 of these button flowers.

Ironically, I’m in the middle of selling off most of my button collect!  I still kept plenty of buttons, though.

Button BouquetYou can make your own with my button bouquet tutorial here.  (It’s even part of my ECT Episode 4 if you would like to see a video of the process!)

Button BouquetThese are so much fun to make, you could probably get me to make one for you, too!  (Just email through my contact page for details)

http://kimberliekohler.com/5508/ect-tv-episode-4-buttons/

Button Wreath Ornament

Button Wreath TutorialNeed some more ornaments or some super cute gift toppers?  These are so quick and easy to make!

Button Wreath TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Buttons!
  • 24 gauge wire.  (You can use whatever you like.  I just used some silver plated wire I had, but you could even use the wire from the gardening section of the craft store and it should work just fine.
  • Cord or ribbon, etc. to hang the ornament.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.

Step #1

Cut a piece of wire to your desired length.  If you want a bigger ornament, cut more, smaller less.  Add a few extra inches on each side to create the loop.  I cut mine about 10 inches long.

Step #2

Button Wreath TutorialMake a bend in the wire a few inches from one end.

Step #3

Button Wreath TutorialSlide a button putting one end of the wire in each hole.  Then bend the wire straight like shown.

Step #4

Button Wreath TutorialSlide another button on by putting the wire through one hole.

This is where it gets a little bit tricky.  Hold the button and then pull the wire through the other hole.  I tried using a larger gauge wire and it was kind of a nightmare (but possible).

Note:  Be careful pulling the wire through to make sure you don’t get any kinks in it while you’re pulling it through.  Also, hold onto the button so it doesn’t twist either.

Step #5

Button Wreath TutorialKeep adding buttons until you have as many as you would like.

Step #6

Button Wreath TutorialForm a circle.

Step #7

Button Wreath TutorialButton Wreath TutorialHold the wreath where the wires cross and twist twice.

Step #8

Button Wreath TutorialButton and Wire Wreath TutorialHold one of the wires with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers.

Step #9

Button and Wire Wreath TutorialHold the loop with chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around forming a wrapped loop.  Then wrap the other wire around as well.  Cut off any excess wire.

Step #10

Button and Wire Wreath TutorialString some string, ribbon, twine, etc. through the hoop to hang the ornament.

Button and Wire Wreath Tutorial


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Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialFor this tutorial I drew a tree and then just basically followed the pattern with the wire.  This is the tree I drew.  It’s on a 4″ x 6″ index card, for your reference.

Materials and Tools:

If you get a strand of each color of the crow beads I listed above, you’ll have plenty to make this and the Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament as well, with plenty leftover to make more!

You can use the colors I have listed, or choose any colors of your choice of the Crow Beads.

Step #1

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWorking from the spool of 18 gauge wire — meaning, don’t cut the wire off the spool or coil start to follow your drawing of the tree.  Leave about 2 inches extra wire above the tree.

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialAt the first corner, place your chain nose or needle nose pliers and then bend the wire.  You may find it easier to grasp the wire where the bend will go and then pick up the wire and pliers to make the actual bend.

Step #3

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialGo to the next point and repeat.

Step #4

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialContinue until you have the tree completed.  Leave about 2″ of extra wire on the other side, too.

Fix up the shape however you would like.

Step #5

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialHold the tree where the wires cross with your fingers or you can use chain nose pliers and twist twice.

Step #6

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialHold one of the wires in round nose pliers.

Step #7

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers.  Then straighten the loop so it’s centered over the tree.

Step #8

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around in the same direction you started.  Then wrap the other wire around.  Keep your wraps tight and even.

Cut off any excess wire.

Step #9

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

 

Make sure the tree is still in the shape you want it and make any adjustments.

You can probably get away with not doing this step since you’re using 18 gauge wire.  To make it even harder and stronger use a nylon or rawhide hammer and lightly hammer the tree.

Step #10

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialCut a piece of 20 gauge wire and wrap it around the bottom corner of the tree.  Do a couple of wraps and make sure it’s secure.

Step #11

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialAdd crow beads to the wire.  You can randomly do this, use just one color or create a design.  (I did mine randomly.)

Step #12

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWrap the other end around just like you did on the first end.  Cut off any excess wire.

Step #13

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialJust above that row, start another row and repeat.

Step #14

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialRepeat until you complete the tree.

Step #15

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialI used some of the raffia that the crow beads come strung on as a hanger.

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialCreativity Tips for More Customization:

  • Use all one color of crow beads.
  • Make stripes.
  • Use every other color.
  • Bead around the edge of the tree (note, you’ll probably have to bead as you do the bends in the tree.
  • Create your own hook using wire.
  • Make the beaded wires diagonal instead of straight across.

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Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

This wreath is perfect on the tree, but it looks so gorgeous hanging in the sunlight, so I have mine hanging in the window.

Perfect extra gift to add on top of a gift!

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Red crow beads from Happy Mango Beads*
  • Green crow beads from Happy Mango Beads*
  • 16 Gauge wire
  • 20 gauge wire
  • The raffia that the crow beads come strung on.
  • A can
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another pair of pliers, I used bent nose pliers

*You could use any color that you like for the wreath!

For these ornaments, feel free to use the artistic wire you find in craft wire, silver plated copper, copper or any other wire since you won’t be wearing the ornament.

Step #1

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWrap the wire around the can and leave a little extra wire on each side.

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialTwist the wire closing the circle.  Twist twice.

Step #3

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialGrasp one of the wires with round nose pliers.

Step #4

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers forming a loop.  If the loop is off center, then straighten it.

Step #5

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Using another pair of pliers wrap the wire around.  Then wrap the other wire.

Step #6

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialCut a piece of 20 gauge wire.  I usually work in about 15 to 20 inch pieces.  It’s easy to add more wire as you go along.

Start to wrap it around the wraps from the loop and then once around the wire of the circle.

Step #7

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialSlide a crow bead onto the wire.  Wrap the 20 gauge of wire around the base attaching the bead to the base securely.

Step #8

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialAdd another bead and wrap the wire around the base.

A note on wrapping:  There isn’t an exact science for doing this.  I like to wrap in between each bead and then go back and wrap around the bead or 2 before the one I just added.  You’ll get the hang of it and understand more as you make the wreath.

Step #9

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

When you use up all your wrapping wire, securely attach the end to the base.  Then cut another piece of 20 gauge wire to continue wrapping.  Work the end in by wrapping it a couple beads in from where you started.  Make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #10

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWhen you get all the way around, secure the end of the wire to the base.

Step #11

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialAdd a length of the raffia that the crow beads came strung on to hang the wreath ornament.

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Simple Scrapbook Guide: Getting Started with Scrapbooks

Simple Scrapbook Guide

I love scrapbooking.

I love seeing my photos and words on pages and looking back at memories.  Sometimes I actually forget how much cool stuff I do until I see the scrapbook filled with my memories.

If you have thought about starting a scrapbook, but you were overwhelmed with how to get started, I have a series of posts for you:  Simple Scrapbook Guide.

Step 1:  Photos

Step 2:  Supplies and Materials

Step 3:  Cover Page

Step 4:  Layouts

And a bonus DIY embellishment tutorial:  DIY Brad Embellishments

Click the links above to go to each step and get started today.  Let me know if you have any questions!