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Upcycled Button Wreath
I'm kind of obsessed with wreaths.
They are so fun and add that absolutely perfect touch to your door, porch, and overall appearance of your house. I love scouting my neighborhood and seeing what type of wreaths people put out for various holidays or times of the year.
Homemade holiday wreaths are my favorite. And that includes any holiday - even Valentine's Day!
I love wreaths, but I think I love upcycling even more. Upcycling speaks to my desire to live green and earth-friendly, and also allows me to get super creative and crafty. Those two obsessions combined recently and I came up with this super adorable upcycled button Valentine's Day wreath!
Buttons seem to accumulate by the hour...where do they all come from?! And why do I have so many even though I don't even sew? (Well, one answer to that is because I love crafting with them.) Good news though - there are many ways to get creative with upcycling buttons.
Today I'm encouraging you to sort through that button stash and create a beautiful, upcycled wreath for your front door. I crafted mine specifically for Valentine's Day - but this can be created using any colors, whether for holidays or just because. Gather your red, white, and green ones for Christmas, pastel ones for Easter, and so on...
How to Make an Upcycled Button Wreath
- A foam wreath (like this one)
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon or twine for hanging
- Optional: Felt (if you don't have scrap felt, it's super cheap at the craft store!)
- Wrap the burlap around your foam wreath, gluing as you go to secure. I cut a large piece of burlap into smaller strips, but craft stores typically have burlap ribbon you can use.
- Craft a few felt flowers (this is totally optional, but I think they add a cute feminine touch to a Valentine's Day wreath). See the how-to instructions below for easy, no-sew felt flowers.
- Plan the placement of the buttons. I placed mine so there was fairly even color distribution between the whites, pinks, and reds. I glued some little heart buttons onto larger buttons for a little differentiation and dimension. Get creative, move them around, and figure out what works and looks beautiful! If you made some felt flowers or other pieces to add, decide where you want those to go, too.
- Glue everything down.
- Cut the ribbon or twine you'll be using to hang your wreath on to size. I braided some jute twine because I absolutely love crafting with twine - it's super durable and also kind of rustic-chic! (If you love twine, too, save or pin this Upcycled Jute Ornament tutorial for later!)
- Hang your lovely upcycled button wreath on the front door, step back, and admire how creative you are!
How to Make Easy, No-Sew Felt Flowers
Like I said above, I totally don't sew. I know how to sew - but I love being creative in other realms of crafty-ville. You can make absolutely beautiful fabric flowers if you like to sew, like these ones, but if you want to make these super simple felt flowers, follow the steps below. I created a handy little visual for those who prefer to learn that way (I do!) or can't quite picture my directions.
- Cut a circle out of the felt. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle.
- Starting cutting into the circle at a slight angle, allowing the cut to get wider as you go in. You don't want the edges too thin.
- Continue cutting around into the circle until you have about a quarter-size circle of felt left on the inside. Your felt circle should look like a swirl now.
- Taking that outer tip, fold it inward and glue it down.
- Start rolling and gluing the felt together as you go. For the first couple of wraps, line the felt edges up to create an even center.
- Begin wrapping the felt upwards to create that layered flower look. Keep gluing the felt together as you go.
- Once you get about 2 inches away from the end of the felt (where that inner circle is), stop wrapping and tuck the felt down around the outside of the flower. It should naturally want to lay there. Glue to secure.
- Glue a button in the center of the flower (or a small circle of a contrasting color of felt.)
See? Easy peasey.
Looking for more ways to create upcycled Valentine's Day crafts? Check these awesome ideas out:
Upcycled Heart Valentine's Day Cards by Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Upcycled Tissue Paper Heart Frame by Rhythms of Play
Valentine's Day Nature Art by Rain or Shine Mamma
Valentine Tin Lantern by Bren Did
DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine by OutdoorsMom
Upcycled Valentine Heart Wall Hanging by Om Livin'