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.

64 Responses to button flowers {tutorial}

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.


  7. Marion Mercer November 18, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Loved doing this project with my 4 and 6 year old grandchildren. The best part was that I had EVERYTHING I needed here at my house. For our vases, we used yellow ceramic egg cups I use at Easter. So adorable. They were so proud to present their arrangements to their parents.

  8. Diane Burdick October 30, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    The last pic of the button bouquet totally reminds me of Mary Engelbreit’s art….. I love it, especially since she isn’t afraid to use black and pink and red together!

  9. Margot September 19, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    I used to make “gardens” of these all the time with my mom. For an added step, we would wrap the wire in green floral tape and add little satin leaves to the stems to soften their appearance a bit. Have fun!

  10. Barb Mills September 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    I love this quirky craft and have started making my own button bouquets. Today I bought more wire and am hoping to find a place where I can get buttons for cheap. Any ideas? Thank you for sharing. I love your website/blog!

  11. Suzette Belk September 7, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    I love this idea. I am going to use it at a church picnic! I am so excited!! Thank you!

  12. Cheryl July 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Love this! I too have a button stash (hoard) that I’d love to display. What a terrific way to enjoy my beautiful buttons! Thanks so much!

  13. Stevey June 21, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I used these for the guy’s corsages at my wedding last weekend! Everyone loved them, and they look great in pictures!

  14. Holley June 20, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I made one like you have in Audrey’s room for my daughter’s wedding on Saturday. EVERYONE loved it and wants me to make them one! I, of course, gave you the credit! I also made your rolled fabric flowers for some special people to wear! The wedding was beautiful and I wanted to THANK YOU!!!!! You have an amazing talent! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  15. Mitzi May 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I love the button flowers. I made some a few years ago when trying to find something to do with all the buttons my mom had collected from years of sewing. Made for such a sweet memory of her.

  16. Katie May 11, 2011 at 6:17 am #


  17. Mary Beth May 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Thank you for a great Mother’s Day gift and card. My Mom loved both. She is 88 y/0 and has a drawer full of old buttons from her mother, several aunts and great-grandmother. I used all sizes and colors to make her bouquet. She was so delighted with it that she jumped out of her chair, hugged me and kept saying, “Oh, I just love it”.

  18. Teresa May 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Thanks! We made these for the grandmas. They loved them! Thank you for sharing the idea!

  19. Rachel May 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    This is so adorable great presents…

  20. Kara May 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I made some and added to some impatients for my mama’s gift. So adorable. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. Jenna May 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Love, love, love Flower Week! As soon as I get home from work, I’ve been checking to see what the tutorial will be for the day! Its been fun. I can’t wait to start some projects. Your creativity is inspiring. Thank you soooo much for sharing it with us!!

  22. Stacy May 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    We made the cutest bouquet to send home with my mom for Mother’s Day, since she lives in another state. I’m not sure my daughter’s going to part with it easily though….

  23. Stacy Buck May 6, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I just made these lovely flowers, along with the rolled paper ones, with my fifth graders for mother’s day. I hope all the moms are proud of their child’s handiwork!

  24. Alysa Whitlock May 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Love it. Trying it right now with my daughter but having a hard time pushing the wire back through the buttons. It’s not going down. Any advice? Thanks

  25. charis May 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    i love this one! so cute! i have a ton of buttons. i will have to try it out!

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  26. RoseAnna Allen May 5, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    The timing couldn’t have been better! I saw these yesterday and thought how cute, then a few hours later I remember that today was the last day my son (4yo) was going to see his Grammy before Mothers Day. So I helped him make a sweet little bouquet of these to give to her. He was so proud to give them to her this morning! Thanks!

  27. Joy May 5, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    So cute! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  28. casey May 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Really cute! My daughter is going to love this idea…

  29. jamie May 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    I say you have a “worst nails” contest!! I would win! Hard to find an artist/crafter with a beautiful manicure. Love those crafty hands. The button flowers are just the cutest!

  30. Melissa @ HOUSEography May 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Hello teacher gifts!!! I love family fun magazine for fun and easy crafts :)

  31. Kelley May 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I’ve always loved buttons! And I’ve been wanting to make button flowers for years! I even have the cute little jar picked out! Hopefully after I’ve moved I can actually make some!!!

  32. Hannah May 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    so cute! and it just so happens i have a TON of buttons right now left over from other projects! perfect. thanks for sharing!

  33. Jen May 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    I love these button flowers. I already had the buttons, wire and added some floral tape, ribbon and paper leaves to it. It’s a hit!

  34. Pam Brown May 4, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    THAT is about the CUTEST idea EVER! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Hilary May 4, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Thank you for this! It will be the perfect activity at Avery’s birthday party; the girls will love it!

  36. denise May 4, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    adorable, again! you’re always full of great ideas. I love this flower week idea! Keep it coming.
    d e n i s e

  37. Dottie May 4, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    totally wish I would have thought about this for centerpieces for my wedding last week! oh well, I will just have to do it for the vases I have left and leave them in rooms around the house. :)

  38. Katy Lunsford May 4, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I love these, so cute!

  39. amyks May 4, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I love these and how simple they are….I am going to have to get out my button collection this weekend and get busy!

  40. Karel Hamilton May 4, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I’m going to make some, but think I’ll add some green felt leaves to the stems. So cute!

  41. Terrell May 4, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Totally loving this idea! What a fun project to do with my daughter…she’ll love making these and putting them in a bit of ivy to give to my mom for mother’s day! Thank you for you all your inspiration!

  42. Mandy May 4, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    These are amazing! What a simple yet amazing idea!

  43. Helen May 4, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Adorable!!! I love your blog and looks forward to your posts : )

  44. cailan May 4, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    I love them tied up in a bundle – so sweet! Thanks for another sweet flower day. :)

  45. Cathy May 4, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    I love your button bouquet and all your pretty flowers this week. Such creative talent. For more inspiration and eye candy you might want to visit Princess Lasertron http://princesslasertron.com/2011/02/cristinas-flowers/ I am amazed at what she does, too.

  46. Miss Hannah B. May 4, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    OMG (I hate saying that) but I have to today. These are really adorable. You have some really great ideas. I am so glad I am follower of yours.

  47. Karie Murray May 4, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    What a great idea! These will be lovely for my daughter’s Pink-a-licious B-day party!

  48. Cheri May 4, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    love this tutorial. great idea for mothers day. thanks for sharing. I hope it’s ok if I re-post this sending people to your blog.

  49. Brooke May 4, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    Supper cute! I really like the flower art in Audrey’s room.

  50. Diane@InMyOwnStyle May 4, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    Perfect for Mother’s Day. So colorful and fun to make.

  51. shareena May 4, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    I love this idea! I am going to try it now! ^__^ Thanks!

  52. Aimee May 4, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    So cute! I love all these flower-making ideas! Thanks for sharing! ~Aimee

  53. Lynda May 4, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Hi Emily! Your button flowers are really adorable. I really like the little bouquet in audreys room. So sweet! I made some awhile ago too – they are so much fun! If you want to see them here is the link – http://happenstanceathome.blogspot.com/2010/05/button-time.html I have also been meaning to send you an email – for the kids Easter table I made your adorable little striped books. They gave the table such fun color and pattern. I posted the table on my blog last week. Thanks for all of the eye catching projects you share and create!

  54. Cindy May 4, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    Love this idea!!! So cute and whimsical. Definitely going to make some.

  55. Andrea May 4, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Another great idea and this one is so very simple. Thanks!

  56. Stacy@RedDoorHome May 4, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    Love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

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