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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 7 of the Twelve Days of Christmas

We're on Day 7! and today's project is a cute button wreath. They are really easy to make, with just a few supplies and a few tips to make it easier for you. And kids love to make these, too. So, let's start with a big container of buttons and some thin, malleable wire. I use those little spools of colored wire that you can get in the jewelry/craft department.

Pour the buttons into a bowl or tray so they are easier to sort through. Cut a piece of wire about 16" long and pick out 20-25 buttons that you like for your wreath. Lay them out in the order you want to string them and all need to be facing up. Start by taking one button and putting the wire from the back to the front in one hole and back down from front to back in the other hole. Slide the button down to the other end of the wire, leaving about 4" of wire at the end. The next button will be the opposite. Put the wire from front to back and then back to front. Slide it over under the edge of the first button. The next one will be the same as the first........back to front and front to back, and slide it over under the edge of the 2nd button. Continue this way until all the buttons are wired except the last one.

You need to end up on a button that is on the top layer. For the last button, you will use both ends of the wire, taking the end of one wire and putting it down one hole of the last button, and taking the other end of the wire and putting it down the other hole. Then twist them together tightly, and use what's left to make a loop to hang the wreath. Glue a little bow to the top and you're done! You can see in the photo above that I put an extra little red button in strategic places on this one to represent berries. In the first photo, you can see that we used some ceramic Christmas light buttons for decoration. It's fun to use buttons that are unexpected. And it's a cute way to showcase some of your cool buttons, too.

Have fun and make a ton. They are great package toppers, too. Remember......"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." Yogi Bear.  Keep your eyes on the road and meet me back here tomorrow,

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