Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tactile Bliss

Even though the idea has been around a while, I felt absolutely giddy when I picked up the bunch of button flowers I put together this weekend. There is something so deliciously tactile about these little peeps of eye candy - so I'm going to provide a quick how-to in the hopes that you might also be inspired to pull out your buttons. I promise, even a few will make you smile!

Även om idén har funnits ett tag, jag kände mig absolut vimmelkantig när jag plockade upp min knappbukett som jag satt ihop idag. Det är något så taktil om dessa små 'peeps' av ögongodis - så jag ska ge en snabb how-to och hoppas att du är också inspirerad att ta ut dina knappar. Jag lovar, även ett fåtal kommer att få dig att le!

First things first, you'll need buttons! I had some tucked away from my button mosaic mirror project, but a recent thrift store sprint really boosted my supplies.

Först behöver du knappar! Jag hade några kvar från min knappspegel, men två secondhand butiker senare har jag verkligen stärkt mitt inventering.

Besides your buttons, all you need are wire cutters (heavy duty scissors also work) and your choice of wire. I used a silver wire to give a 'modern' feeling, but green florist wire is also a nice option.

Förutom dina knappar, allt du behöver är avbitare (tunga sax fungera bra också) och tråd. Jag använde en silvertråd för att ge en "modern" känsla, men man kan också prova med en grön florist tråd.

Next it's time to cut lengths of wire to your desired length (make sure to double over the wire to determine final length) and begin to lay out some colored patterns for your button flowers.

Nästa är det dags att klippa tråden till önskad längd och bestämma vilken knappfärg du tycker om.

 'Thread' the buttons one at a time onto your wire and slide them half-way down the wire. Then wrap the wire back down through the opposite holes in the buttons. Pull down the wire tight.

Trä på knapparna en i taget på din tråd och glida dem till halvvägs på tråden. Sedan göra en ögla på den motsatta hål i knapparna. Dra ner tråden spänd.

Now hold the (bottom) button with one hand, and begin to twist it while holding the two wires down below and using your fingers as a guide. Start with your fingers high up on the wires underneath the buttons and gradually slide them downward with each twist of the button. The twisting of the wire won't always be perfect, but that's OK. As my sister told me long ago, art is not perfect.

Nu håller (botten) knapp med ena handen, och börjar vrida den samtidigt som du håller de två kablarna nere och med fingrarna som en vägledning. Börja med fingrarna högt upp på ledningarna under knapparna och glida dem nedåt med varje vridning av knappen. Vridning av tråden kommer inte alltid vara perfekt, men det är OK. Som min syster sa till mig för länge sedan, "Konsten inte perfekt."

You'll end up with a long twisted stem that looks something like this.

Du kommer att sluta med en lång vriden stam som ser ut ungefär så här.

And when I picked up the 15 or so that I made and held them as a bunch for the first time...I felt giddy! The colors popped and the stems felt so tactile in my hands. Small pleasures.

Och när jag plockade upp de ungefär 15 knappblommer som jag gjorde och höll buketten för första gången ... Jag kände mig så jättenöjd! Färgerna var så fina och stjälkarna kändes så taktila i mina händer. Små nöjen.

Finally, clip your stems to the desired length for your vase. They would also be great in Easter decorations or small plants. How would you use them? I am so infatuated with my little flowers that I can't wait to make more and fatten up my bouquet. But for now...I know I'll smile each time I pass by my little button flowers.

Slutligen, klipp din stämma till önskad längd för vasen. De skulle också vara bra i påskriset eller små anläggningar. Hur skulle du använda dem? Jag är så förälskad i min lilla blommor och jag inte kan vänta med att göra fler och göda upp min bukett. Men just nu ... Jag vet att jag ska le varje gång jag går förbi min lilla knappblommor.

A big thanks to Diane at Home Sweet Homemade. It was actually her blog banner design that inspired me into action.

Ett stort tack till Diane på Home Sweet Homemade. Det var faktiskt hennes blogg banner design som inspirerat mig.

Until next time...
Tills nästa gång...

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  1. Wow, these are adorable! I like how you left a small wire bubble at the top of a few, such a sweet touch. Just delightful :) diane

  2. how pretty! and yes, I needed some extra alternative plants ideas! :)

  3. Oooooh, I love these button flowers!!!! Aren't buttons fun little things. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am a new follower here. I look forward to seeing what you're up to.
    Krysti at

  4. well done you on these spring-ever-lasting-flowers! So fresh, a great idea.
    Have a lovely Sunday,
    love Maaike

  5. these are so quirky and cute. I am soooo jealous of all your buttons.


  6. i remember making these last year! Took FOREVER! im very jealous of your button collection. mine diminished greatly after making my button bunches :D thank you for following my blog! Im excited to take a look around yours x

  7. SO dang cute! Thanks for the follow-I am following you back-love the blog, and it's great to meet you!

  8. These are so darn cute...thanks for sharing them at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY.


  9. really cool repurpose! So colorful and clever.

  10. These are just darling! I'm glad the linky thing was working!
    Thanks for showing us how to make them & also linking up to thrifty thursdays!

  11. Michael: Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I love your blog, and adore this project...I've been to bead/button shows (as you could see from that post about the butter dish) and this would be so much fun to do. Endless possibilities!
    I have a new friend (we just moved here last Dec.) who's name is Wayne. Yes, she is a woman! An older woman, who is absolutely adorable andhas been such a help to us here, and so interesting every time we talk. So much for name genders!

  12. Hi Mike! These are awesome and very cute.

  13. These are so cute, Michael! thanks for sharing!

  14. These are so cute! I Can't wait to make some!

  15. Adorable! I've got some buttons just lying in a box...

  16. Love this! Such a fun idea!

    Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites! I'm featuring you this week. Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one.

  17. Hi Mike :). these are so cute..if you have small buttons, they work great in a salt or pepper shaker as a small bouquet of your DIY! just found your blog and will be following you..I do lots of DIY and would love to join a group!

  18. Love these! I'm thinking wedding decor =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  19. We just used this pattern at our American Heritage Girls meeting to make neckerchief slides. Instead of leaving a "stem," we used the excess wire to attach the flower head to small key ring. The girls loved the personal touch, and getting to choose their own "style." These flowers can vary greatly, depending on the size, number, and style of each button!

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