Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Button Heart Tutorial

I've had lots of comments on my button hearts posted here, and thought I'd post a quick tutorial for you all. I also submitted it to Totally Tutorials Blog & Fave Crafts.

You will need:
*Colored Wire in a guage you can bend easily but will still hold form (I tossed my packages that the wire came in so I have no idea what size I used)
*Wire cutters (not pictured)

Step 1: Cut about a 12 inch wire (this will give you about a 3 inch tall heart)
Step 2: Start stringing your buttons one at a time, leaving 1 inch of wire on each end for twisting together. String 0ne button hole at a time. String the other button hole once your button is in its final position on the wire. The wire will not feed through both button holes at once. I use around 12 buttons per ornament, but it all depends on the size of buttons you use. Just eye ball it!
Step 3: Join the two ends together and twist them tight.
You can cut the remaining wire with your wire cutters or you can swirl a design at the bottom if you wish.

Step 4: Cut your ribbon for hanging the ornament. Feed one end through the wire at the top of the heart and tie the ends in a pretty little bow!And now your 'cute as a button' button heart ornament is ready to hang!I still have some of these available in my etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing!!!

**And to answer the question of one of my readers about the styrofoam balls from this post:

These are made by SIERRA PACIFIC CRAFTS Partners in Creativity. They come in several different color combinations. I purchased them last year at Ben Franklin, in Hawaii, mind you. The retail price was $7.99 but I got them on sale for a lot less. If you have trouble finding these before your party, let me know, I'll be glad to make some ornaments for you. I have some listed in my etsy shop! Good Luck!


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the info on the styrofoam beads as well as your shop! I may be contacting you for a couple. Thanks again. Looks like you have some amazing ideas!

a fan of anything chocolate said...

Love the button heart - very clever!

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