I received craft materials to create my Christmas Button Wreath from Oriental Trading Company, and I am delighted to be working in partnership with Oriental Trading Company to bring you today’s tutorial!
Christmas is never complete in my house without a wreath, at least in my book. When I told Mellow Man that the package that arrived on my doorstep from Oriental Trading company contained the materials to create a Christmas Button Wreath, he rolled his eyes. However, I know that fellow crafters out there share my belief that one can never have too many wreaths at Christmas time. We’ve used Oriental Trading Company at a number of school parties, and even for Vacation Bible School in the past, but I didn’t realize that they had such an awesome selection of crafting supplies. When I found a giant bag of Christmas Buttons in the store, I knew that I needed to make a Christmas Button Wreath.
Christmas Button Wreath Supply List
- 1 Styrofoam Wreath Form
- 2 Bags of Christmas Buttons (NB: You will use at least one bag, but will have plenty of the second bag left over for other crafts.)
- 2 Container of Christmas Colored Seed Beads
- Dressmaker’s Pins (at least 500)
- Length of Satin Ribbon
- Fabric Fusion Glue
The first step is to wrap your styrofoam wreath in satin ribbon. I normally do this for every wreath that I make, as it creates a smoother surface, and covers the gaps in the materials nicely. Remember that you can pick any color that you’d like. I chose white so that the color didn’t compete with the buttons. When you start and finish wrapping the ribbon, use dressmaker’s pins to secure the ribbon, and then use a bit of the fabric fusion glue to adhere the ribbon to itself and the styrofoam.
Then begin to randomly pin the buttons in place. You’ll first need to stick a seed bead on a dressmaker’s pin, and then stick the pin through the button on the wreath form. You cannot do this with dressmaker’s pins without using the seed beads because the button eyes are bigger than the heads of the pins. I suppose you could use pearl headed pins instead of the beads. For the very large buttons, I used two pins with the seed beads. Sometimes, I randomly layers two buttons on top of one another for added interest. Use your imagination!
This process took me approximately 3 and a half hours. Maybe I would have been faster, but I was enjoying watching Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children while I made the wreath. You will notice that I didn’t cover the inner part of the wreath with buttons, but left the ribbon showing. That’s up to you. If you decide to cover all but the backside of the wreath form with buttons, it will take a bit longer.
Once you are done, cut another length of the satin ribbon, and use dressmaker’s pins to attach it to back of the wreath form.
Then I used the Fabric Fusion to glue the two ends of the ribbon together to create a large loop of white ribbon. If you didn’t want to obscure any of the front of the wreath, you can always create a smaller loop using wire or thinner ribbon and attach it only to the back of the wreath.
Then, I hung the wreath on my front door to enjoy. Honestly, I’m starting to run out of spots for Christmas wreaths. Any suggestions as to where else to hang them up?