You can make this charming Button Flower Bouquet to celebrate May Day, Mother’s Day, or even a favorite teacher. If you make this Button Bouquet for a Mother’s Day gift, how cool would it be to use buttons from baby clothes or other sentimental outfits? I’m also sharing 18 more crafty gift ideas for Mother’s Day (or Teacher Appreciation Day), including Mother’s Day crafts for kids.
In giveaway news, if your button stash could use a boost, you do not want to miss today’s giveaway from Buttons Galore & More. I’ll also announce the winner from last week’s giveaway.
With so many gift-giving occasions coming up, be sure to check out all of today’s featured crafts for Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week, too. If you’re planning a bridal shower in the months ahead, I think several of these designs would be beautiful for this special occasion.
To make a Button Flower Bouquet, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 5” egg
- Buttons, assorted sizes & colors (about 90)
- Pearl head pins (about 40)
- Silver wire, 20-gauge
- Tissue paper
- Florist tape
- Pompom trim, 6”
- Mini glue dots
- Mod Podge
- Thick white craft glue
- Tools: Serrated knife & old candle or bar of soap; scissors; paint brush
To make a Button Flower Bouquet:
1. Stack together 3 – 4 buttons, with the largest button on the bottom. Thread buttons onto an 8” length of wire; bend a U in one end of the wire, and thread the short end through another hole in the buttons. Twist the wire tightly at the bottom of the button stack. Wrap stem tightly with floral tape, leaving the last two inches exposed.
2. Create additional button flowers, varying sizes and colors of buttons. Depending on the size of your buttons, you’ll need about 15 – 20 flowers for your bouquet.
3. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut a slice from the wide end of the foam egg so the egg will stand up. Cut a small slice from the narrow end of the egg for the bouquet.
4. Cut tissue paper into strips (we used 24 strips). You can also simply tear tissue paper into pieces. Brush Mod Podge onto a portion of the foam egg. Apply tissue paper and smooth out wrinkles. Repeat, till egg is covered with tissue paper. Brush on a topcoat of Mod Podge and let dry.
5. Insert the flower stems into the top of the egg vase, arranging them as you go.
6. Pin buttons at random all around the dry vase. Using mini glue dots, add pompom trim around the top edge of the vase.
7. Cut 1” squares from tissue paper. Insert a pearl head pin into center of each square and insert into the top of the vase, creating tufts. Arrange around the flower stems, concealing the top of the vase.
Whether your mom is sentimental or sensible, I hope you’ll find the perfect craft for her in today’s collection of 18 Mother’s Day crafts. Several of the ideas are perfect for kids to make, too. We’ll start with one more button craft, the Sweetheart Button Wreath.
If your mom is a fan of prims, she might appreciate the Felt Penny Wreath. This wreath has a dramatic color scheme, and if you purchase premade felt pennies, available on sites like etsy, you can whip it up fast.
Maybe mom’s a flower child, or an avid gardener? Then celebrate mom with the bold and bright Fabric Flower Power Wreath; it’s a good way to use up fabric scraps, too.
For more flower fun, make the Needle Felted Flower Pins using scraps of fabric and bits of wool roving. And if you’re making one, why not make a few more – one for you, one for a teacher, and one for . . .
The Tissue & Tulle Floral Cube Centerpiece wraps up Mother’s Day gift giving in a pretty package.
Change up the centerpiece with moss and purple ranunculus for the more natural Purple Posies Packaged 4 U arrangement.
Check out the sparkling garland woven into the handle of the Pink Posy Purse. The black & white scrapbook paper is always in style, and this little handbag centerpiece is lovely for Mother’s Day, and equally at home at a bridal shower.
These Ooh-la-la Floral Purses mix in moss, silk flowers, grape vines and vintage style scrapbook papers.
Pomanders are an easy way to decorate for so many occasions, and these Exotic Floral Spheres can be hung from doorways or windows, displayed on shelves and mantels, or placed in a row down the center of a table. You can see how easy it is to change the flowers and colors to create custom pomanders.
If mom prefers the beach to the garden, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the Sea Glass & Sand Orbs. Who doesn’t love the soothing colors of sea glass?
But, maybe mom isn’t the teatime sort? Well then, how about a Leopard Print Memo Board? Who can’t use a little organizational help, especially when it’s super-stylish?
If mom is the sentimental sort, this Mother’s Memories Photo Cube displays favorite vintage photos and ephemera.
Made with smaller foam cubes, the Photo Cube Trio would be a great project for younger hands.
You can DIY your own Color Art Photo Frames, cutting them to any size and shape you like. Then, brush on a little tissue paper & Mod Podge for a custom finish.
Be sure to let little hands help out making the Out-of-this-World Photo Holder, and mom will treasure it for years.
Repurpose an old CD to make the useful CD Photo Clip.
We have two fun giveaways today, thanks to Buttons Galore. The first prize includes:
- A Button Bonanza – a button assortment of more than 200 buttons (you get to select the color mix)
- The lovely summer issue of Stitch Craft Create, which won’t be available on newsstands for another week
- A craft apron
The second winner will receive:
- A bag of Color Classics buttons from the Haberdashery line
- A craft apron
To participate, tell us about your favorite Mother’s Day memory by midnight on Monday, May 7, and Random.org and I will draw two names. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, May 8.
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