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Crafts for home decor: Button Billy Balls

buttons, Flower arrangement, Flowers  |  November 4th 2011  |  0 Comment

You know when you get all excited about your plans only to have them fail utterly (ok, maybe not utterly but I’m feeling derailed today).

Background. Remember all those buttons? Well since it was raining and I can’t work on the back yard I decided to play arts and crafts. I had sorted them all into groups in between weeding Wednesday and was super exited about some of the really cool brass buttons.

Aren’t they fun?

 

Crafts for home decor: Button Billy Balls

Remember my sad fail on this little DIY project? Well I am happy to be able to announce this project a success! **Fist Pump**

Once I got the right wire (I used green wrapped floral stems from Joann’s for 1.99 for a pack of twelve) it was a pretty easy project. Want to see? Of course you do!

Ta-Da! I think they’re sweet and fun. Here’s an up close
The buttons didn’t like going over the wrapping around the wire so I just unraveled it a bit and used the part I unraveled to cover up the exposed ends of the wire after the buttons were on.
One snag I hit was that all of the wire was the same length and my vase is so tall I couldn’t really trim then to different lengths. I needed something to put in the vase to stick the ends of the flowers into so that they would fall the way I wanted at the heights I wanted.  I thought sand but I didn’t want to go out again and then it hit me. Rice! So I poured it in and it worked like a charm.
I could easily arrange the flowers as I liked them and they were nicely varied. I haven’t decided where it will go permanently but it is a nice change for my mantle and the blue is the same shade as the one in the rug.
Let me know if you’d like me to post clearer steps to how to actually put the flowers together. I used thistutorial and it made things pretty easy. I just adapted it to my wire needs.

source: eakahouse.blogspot.com