button flowers {tutorial}

Today’s flower is the simplest of them all {perfect for a mid-week spurt of creativity}.


I saw this project in the April 2008 issue of FamilyFun magazine {yep, I still have the tear out in a binder}. I didn’t changed much from the original how-to, other than using silver wire instead of florists’ green.  These are super easy and a great craft to do with kids.

Here is what you’ll need:


:: buttons in various sizes {I went monochromatic, but you can be as crazy as you want}

:: 26 gauge wire {or whatever you have that is easily bendable}

:: scissors or wire cutters

STEP ONE: select your buttons


Choose three buttons in varying sizes and stack them up



STEP TWO: cut wire to desired length {mine are approximately 6 inches}

cut wire

STEP THREE: thread wire through holes in buttons


STEP FOUR: loop the wire up through the hole and down the opposite button hole


{oh good heavens, don’t judge my hands}

Thread the wire back through the bottom button

thread 2

STEP FIVE: twist the wire to secure


Aren’t they so sweet?

button flowers

I used a silver egg cup, added play dough to the inside {you could use florists foam if you have it, but I didn’t and play dough seemed to do the trick!} then covered with a bit of moss.  Poke the wire stems in and you have a playful little flower arrangement.

button flower 2

These are the same button flowers that are in Audrey’s room, except in white and tied up with twine.


I did a search on google images for ‘button flowers’ and look what else I found:


How beautiful, unexpected and cheap{!} for bridal bouquets. Wish I thought of that for my wedding! You could even have each of the bridesmaids make their own at a button-flower making party. I like that idea.


This is the photo from that magazine article where I first saw these flowers. They look awfully cute sticking out of a plant.


And I love these ones that have black wire stems that twist all the way down. Very whimsical.

So many variations you can do with sizes and colors of buttons. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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63 Responses to button flowers {tutorial}

  1. Natalie Davidson November 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi Emily – just wanted to share my button flowers with you and to let you know that Iv posted posted your pic and a link to your blog. Please pop along and let me know what you think.


  2. Shanon March 19, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Just came across this tutorial. These are adoreable, thanks for sharing! I think they would be cute wired onto bobby pins or barrettes!

  3. Irene May 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Love this one too! Now I know what to do with all my buttons.

  4. Maria Mitsinga November 5, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    This is a brilliant idea i loved it and i will try to do it .Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Please let me know how i can learn more about your hand graft.

  5. Neelu December 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    My son has a teacher that adores flowers. He made her a bouquet of origami flowers. She loved them. Now he can make these for her as well. She writes each students name under the flowers and pins it to the board. She calls her students ” her bouquet of knowledge”. And they all live in her garden.

  6. Pam February 10, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    These are so cute! With your directions I think even I could make them! Thank you.


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