Book & Button Flower Bouquets

I’ve been making small bouquets of flowers to sell with the vintage bottles I’ve embellished for the craft fair next month. I’ve seen button bouquets done before, but putting old book page petals on them gives them a fun little twist (you’ll appreciate that pun later, read on.)

This project almost explains itself with the photos, it’s really simple if you collect up all the right supplies. My big find was a roll of thin, vintage cotton-coated radio wire, found in a box of junk somewhere. (I’ll pick up most anything at a garage sale or thrift store if it looks utilitarian, and hope I can find where I put it later when I need something like that.) Be sure your wire is small enough to fit through the holes of the buttons you’ll be using.

For the paper petals, I used aged book pages from distressed books. It’s a good idea to Mod Podge the page and dry before punching out flower shapes. That keeps them durable and less likely to rip when stringing onto the wire. I have several size and shape punches for this project.

I’ve been hording buttons lately, eBay and Etsy sellers are a good source for large lots for not a lot of dough. For most of these bouquets I stuck with white and off-white buttons. Shaped and colored buttons make fun arrangements, too.

Once you have all your pieces, get your wire cutters and a good movie. These flowers are extremely easy, just a bit time consuming.

Measure wire pieces twice the length of your finished flower stem plus a little to account for twisting. Fold wire in half and start stacking buttons and petals. Depending on the strength of your wire you can determine how much button weight it can handle. To thread the petals, I score (cut a small X) in the center of the flower shape, or for bigger shapes, I use a small hole-punch.

Once the items are threaded and stacked, start twisting. None of my twists are perfect, and I think that gives them a nice primitive, handmade feel. (See how I justify imperfection, ha ha.) You can bend petals up or down for a nice effect. For small floral spray pieces to pop out of the bouquets, I wound tiny buttons spaced apart. To finish bouquets, bring several stems together and wrap with wire, then if you prefer, trim the ends even.

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39 Responses to Book & Button Flower Bouquets

  1. #1 - T.Allen-Mercado says:

    Very pretty, the book papers offer something extra; I like it!

  2. #2 - Lisa Jo Perdue says:

    I am totally, unashamedly stealing this idea.

  3. #3 - BooHooHoo says:

    These are so pretty! I am going to follow your blog so I don’t lose this.

  4. #4 - Tara says:

    Those are so lovely and delicate! What a cute idea.

  5. #5 - Mindy says:

    These are super cute!!!!

  6. #6 - mary Newton says:

    I’ve made button bouquets before but this is a great “twist”. I love them.

    Thanks, Mary

  7. #7 - Jane's Designs says:

    I agree, I love the addition of the paper. I’m giving this a try.

  8. #8 - Amy from Texas says:

    Holy Moly!!! How in the world you came up with this idea, I’ll never know. Okay, you have way too much time on your hands. ha! Need some work??

    Your button flowers are fab! I will have to feature them on my blog soon.

  9. #9 - MizSmoochieLips says:

    Very fun! Love it 🙂

  10. #10 - High Desert Diva says:

    Very charming.

  11. #11 - cheryl says:

    So sweet and–gosh I’ve been waiting a long time to use this word apropriately–twee!! I am simply amazed at how much you’ve managed to create!

  12. #12 - SouthernAccent says:

    Wow – you are extremely talented and I love your blog. I’ve just come across it and I’m an immediate fan! Great stuff!

  13. #13 - Pfeiffer Photos says:

    Okay, this is brilliant. I immediately thought of someone I could make something like this for, and I have all the supplies to do so. Love old buttons, love old books. In fact, I’m going to post a photo of a button project I made for our wedding on my blog so be sure to visit and check it out!

    Happy weekend,
    Pfeiffer Photos

  14. #14 - Nancy says:

    love books and love buttons – so much fun.

  15. #15 - Nancy says:

    I have done some button magnets in the past, and threaded little beads on the wire that shows…you’ve probably done that.

  16. #16 - cupcake studio says:

    These are oh-so pretty…love the soft-vintagey colors!

  17. #17 - Matt and Joanna says:

    These are darling! I love them. You seriously have the greatest ideas and are so talented!

  18. #18 - Cristin says:

    so charming!

  19. #19 - Cell and Developmental says:

    Wow, so pretty. I love the photo with all the buttons in the tray, so many of them!

  20. #20 - Out of the Blue says:

    You always have the most creative ideas! I just love this and think I will have to make myself one with all of the buttons and old books I have laying around. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  21. #21 - joni reinhart says:

    I love these flowers! Do you have any idea where I might find this type wire. It’s so much more attractive than the green wire commonly used to make these.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

  22. #22 - Anna says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Mmmm… project number 203 🙂

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  24. #23 - Hannah Hunt says:

    Hi 🙂 I love these button flowers and tried making some, but the problem I have is finding the right wire. It seems either the wire is too flimsy, or too hard to bend by hand. Is there a specific wire gauge size you use? Thanks!


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  26. #24 - Wednesday Chance says:

    An easy way to twist the wire on projects like this, use a drill. Take out the bit and where it would go, put in the wire, tighten it down, and hold the button, push it for power, and it twists!! Try it a couple different ways, but I was able to do an assembly line in about 1/2 the time it took before then!

  27. #25 - Jessica Wheatley says:

    Are these available for purchase? I would love to have them for my office and I don’t have the patience for crafts! Please contact me via email if they are. Thanks in advance!

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  30. #26 - Susan says:

    I love these! Very pretty and a well done tutorial. I have no doubt I will be making some of these.

  31. #27 - Julia says:

    Love the button flowers..I am going to put this on my to create list

  32. #28 - Holly Matz says:

    Cathe I just found your site – do you make ,sell & ship your button arrangements? A very special lady just passed away – she lived in Fontana CA – she too collected buttons . I thought what a wonderful gift to her family as to send a button bouquet for her funeral.which is this wed ,January 8th. Would you be able to do this? Please be kind enough to reply asap. Thank you. Holly

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  34. #29 - Debbyanne Southwell says:

    I love the paper flowers and button bouquet and hoping mine will turn out as pretty

  35. #30 - Kathy says:

    Cathe, your button arrangement is fantastic. I just love it. You are most obviously a very creative person. Good for you!
    from another Kathy

  36. #31 - jackie gilliam says:

    Love these! Thanks for sharing!

  37. #32 - Janet Crisp says:

    Very interesting. I have a question. I am looking for ideas for hair accessories for my granddaughters. Do you think the paper in these would be durable enough to take the abuse of being in a kids hair? Maybe I could shellac the paper or some other method to make it more plastic like. Thanks for posting this. PS- old music books would be cute too!

  38. #33 - Stacey says:

    I have made similar ones before and thought I would share some other ideas. I used vintage dictionary pages behind my buttons and adhered the page to a sturdier card stock before punching them out. I also used a vintage salt shaker as my vase and filled it with vintage glass pearls to hold the wire stems. For the final touch I used vintage cream colored seed beads and twisted them in groups of 1, 3 or 5 beads to a stem. I love them! Yours came out so pretty!

  39. #34 - Jan Ankers says:

    These are beautiful. I make button posies but mine have a more modern twist. Yours have given me food for thought.