This wreath is one of my favorite Christmas Decorations (seeing as how I only have 3 out)... I like that wreaths can stay out longer since it's more of a winter decoration than just Christmas :) This craft was part of a button Christmas Craft series I did in 2008 and I wanted to share it again today :)
How to make a Winter Button Wreath
1) Cut out 2 identical cardboard donuts and glue them together. Mine were about the circumfrence of a human head but you cut yours to whatever size you'd like.
2) Gather lots of buttons. White is probably the easiest to find... to avoid too much variety though, I dug through my jars and found all the similar vintagey-plastic ones.
3) Start by hot-gluing a flat layer of buttons. Let the buttons hang over the inside & outside edges of the cardboard donut.
Tip: Clear the hotglue web off each layer of buttons, it gets ugly otherwise.
4) Add a few more flat layers. It's good to have a variety of button sizes so that the you can kinda lay them down like bricks. I always started from the center of the circle and moved outward.
5) Add another layer, but don't completely overlap the buttons below it. Start inward a bit, add your layer as normal but end it before the edge of the layer below it. So it's kinda stepping/pyramiding upward. This will give it a rounded look :]
6) Keep doing this till you only have a layer 1 button wide in a circle.
Note: Steps 4-6 might have you concluding that I drank too much egg nog; I'll try to explain it better. (If you got what I meant in 4-6, move on to step 7). Okay. So lets say you do your first 3 layers four rows of buttons wide (in a circle). Next, your 4th layer should be 3 rows/circle of buttons wide and should be showing the buttons below it on the inside and outside of that circle. Good? Then, your 5th layer should be 2 rows/circle of buttons wide. And showing the buttons below it on the inside and outside of that circle. Lastly, your 6th layer should be 1 circle of buttons wide. And showing the buttons below it on the inside and outside of that circle. And that is your last layer and your wreath should look rounded :)
7) Pick a few pretty ribbons, wrap it around the top a few times and tie it in a bow :)
8) Hang it where you'll get the most smiles :)
Merry Christmas friends!! I hope you get the best hugs ever this Christmas :)