While I love Thanksgiving and will take time to savor and enjoy the holiday, I can’t deny that I look forward to the day after Thanksgiving for two reasons. First is Black Friday, that fast and furious day of shopping where the deals are plentiful (and where common courtesy and patience often are not). The second reason is because we finally get to decorate for Christmas.
Decorating is one of my favorite parts of the season and I’m lucky that my hubby cheerfully offers to put the tree up as early as I want. He offered to put it up for me this weekend but Baby C. is in to everything right now and I knew it only meant two extra weeks of chasing her amazingly fast little self down and keeping her from trying to climb the thing.
So we’ll do it Thanksgiving evening or the day after. But just because I’m not decorating yet doesn’t mean I’m not crafting (and buying) ornaments!
Button ornaments have been around for ages, so this may not be all that new for you. But they’re inexpensive to make and get put together very quickly so they’re easy to do as a family craft, at an ornament exchange with friends or just to mass-produce on your own to decorate the tree or give as gifts.
A 9″ piece of 20-gauge wire (I used silver)
75-100 buttons, multiple shades of green from the same family
1/8″ satin ribbon for hanging (found some for under cents/spool at Walmart and Jo Ann Fabric)
Wider ribbon for bow
- Use the pliers to make a loop at one end of the wire.
- Slide the buttons onto the wire. You can adjust the size of the wreath to fit your needs by adding more or fewer buttons, but 75-100 buttons will make a wreath approximately 2 1/2″ in diameter.
- Bend the straight end of the wire around the loop (using the pliers) to form the wreath shape.
- Use the satin ribbon to make your hanger; make a loop at the top of the wreath and tie it off 3-4 inches above the wreath.
- Use your wider ribbon to make a decorative bow; tie it on over the area you joined the ends of wire together.
And you’re done!