Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!
Today I’ll teach you how to make a fun button wreath Christmas ornament.
These are great for handmade gifts, as cute present toppers or, of course, for your own tree! These are quick and easy to make and you probably already have everything you need to make them!
Here’s today’s video episode:
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:
These are step-by-step photo instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video, except in photos.
- Buttons! Depending on how large you want your ornament you will need more or less.
- 22 or 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.
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.
Then bend the wire straight like shown.
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.
Make sure the fronts of both buttons are facing forward.
Straighten out the loop so it’s straight.
Hold the loop with chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around a few times keeping the wire neat as possible. Then wrap the other wire around as well. Cut off any excess wire and make sure the ends are not poking out.
For these photos, as you can see, I used a very neutral color pallet, which is nice, but in the video I used more festive colors.
I hope this gets you in the holiday mood! 🙂
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