Button Ring Tutorial, Craft Month, and a Giveaway!!!

In honor of the first day of National Craft Month 2011, I want to do something fun. If you were all here, we would sit together at my table and have a make it take it. You would all leave with fun button rings.

But, that is not going to work, so the next best thing is for me to show you everything you need to know to do this at home.

Cute, right?

I made all of these from Blumenthal Lansing buttons.  Do yourself a favor and go check out all of their amazing buttons. They will inspire you.

Let's start by making these wired rings, shall we?

I used 22 gauge craft wire.  This is plastic coated wire, found in every craft store in the universe. It is very easy to work.  Here is what you do:

1. Cut two 12" lengths and one 24" length. Hold the two short pieces together. Wrap the center point of the long wire around the center point of the two short wires.

2.  Keep wrapping with one side of the long wire.

3. Then wrap with the other side of the long wire, going in the other direction.

Wrap until you can form a circle with the wrapped part that will fit your finger.

4. Twist the two wrapping wires together. Trim with wire cutters.  Push the twisted part up so it does not scratch your finger when you wear the ring.

Now go to your stash and select buttons. These are matte buttons, felt buttons, and small flower buttons from Blumenthal Lansing. You will find them at all the major craft and fabric stores.

5. You have four wires remaining.  String the buttons on the four wires. Stack different colors and shapes.

6. Twist two of the wires together to hold the buttons on the ring.

7. Decorate the four wires any way you choose. On three of my wires, I strung E beads. Seven on each wire. Then I wrapped each wire individually between the top button and the E beads.  Just wrap twice and trim the rest of the wire.

8. I used my round nose pliers to make a curlicue of the fourth wire. You can add larger beads, curl all of the wires, or curl the wires after you add E beads.  You are the designer, do your thing.

TADA!

Here is another button ring method. If you start with a button that has a shank instead of buttonholes, use wire cutters to snip the shank off the back.

Then set a ring finding into a blob of hot glue.  You are done.

For a little more button ring inspiration, go here. I call these "Ode to Ace of Cakes" rings. They look like fancy cakes to wear on your finger.

Now onto the GIVEAWAY!!!!!

These are brand new buttons from the Flower Garden line at Blumenthal Lansing.  They are just shipping to craft and fabric stores right now.  This is what you will receive if you are the winner.

And, I will throw in 6 silver ring findings too!

Just comment on this post to be entered. On Friday, March 4, I will have a random drawing to find out who wins. And then, I hope you will show and tell how you used them!

Happy National Craft Month, do something creative!
And take your Vitamin C today....

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27 creative thoughts:

Elise { March 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM }
Love those BUTTON RINGS!!!!
Keri Harrison { March 2, 2011 at 9:32 AM }
Um - yeah - wish I had known about her videos at Christmas time! :)
kinslowfamily5 { March 2, 2011 at 10:05 AM }
I would absolutely love to win this I am really learning all sorts of new things because of all the linky parties. Thanks so much!!!!
Liane { March 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM }
You always come up with great projects for buttons! Love your blog!
springrose { March 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM }
Those rings are so dang cute. I want to make each and every one of them. Now I have to go find me some wire!!!
Kristen { March 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM }
How cute are those rings...now to see if I can actually produce something like that! :)
Karen Farley { March 2, 2011 at 12:25 PM }
The rings are simply gorgeous!!!!! I have collected buttons for many years and love to craft with them.
Joanie Hoffman { March 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM }
wow, thanks for a fun giveaway! i love the buttonb.
Andie* { March 2, 2011 at 2:53 PM }
sooo beautiful the bottons :)
Nancy { March 2, 2011 at 3:32 PM }
Nice idea! I am always looking for ideas for when the ladies in the family get together for craft time. We could also make matching pins or necklaces!
Christina @ The Tattered Tag { March 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM }
Great giveaway...it shouts "SPRING TIME"!! I am linking this to my March Giveaways page, love to spread the news! :)

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radn { March 2, 2011 at 5:50 PM }
love it! nice tutorial!
southernscraps { March 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM }
These are all adorable!
Family Fashion and Facts { March 3, 2011 at 12:50 AM }
LOVE this giveaway! I totally am so stoked and hope I win! these are so creative! What an awesome tutorial! Thank you!
runningtherace_7 at hotmail dot com
Kim { March 3, 2011 at 9:21 AM }
Oh! You are all so sweet, come over and we will play!
Kristi { March 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM }
I love these rings. Will have to make some! Thank you for the giveaway chance!!
Kelley { March 3, 2011 at 4:27 PM }
I love the button rings... thanks for the giveaway!
YoungGramee { March 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM }
Great rings! And so springy!
Louella { March 4, 2011 at 1:26 AM }
My grandmother used to have a button jar and I have been fascinated with them ever since! I love all the colors and shapes! Hope, hope I win. Thanks alot for the chance! Louella
Annette { March 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM }
Oh, tooo cute!
Sheri Nash { March 4, 2011 at 7:28 PM }
I wanna come over and play with buttons! Why don't you move to Florida so we can play together? Miss you!
Maggie { June 17, 2011 at 2:29 PM }
Hi,
I just wanted to let you know that I featured your project on my site, www.AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com. I linked to your project:
http://www.allfreebeadedjewelry.com/Button/Bead-and-Button-Ring

I would like to know if I can link like this to you, including a photo, in the future. Or if you would be willing to allow me to post projects in full on the site - full credit will always be given to you, of course. It would be yet another source of traffic to your blog.

Please let me know, I would love to work with you further.
Thanks!
Maggie Kmiecik
mkmiecik@primecp.com
Rae { January 15, 2012 at 3:48 PM }
I adore your button rings... I have *got* to get some craft wire soon... hmm, late Christmas present perhaps!
Jan { March 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM }
Well I have been trying to figure out how to make rings, as I adore rings, but this is the best and easiest way I have found yet. Thanks for the how to. I love it and the button idea.
Pearl Blay { November 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM }
Your button ring is so fun! Thanks for sharing!
Robin L. Lello { March 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM }
Love this! Found my afternoon project for today!! Thank you!
Judypag { March 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM }
These button creations are so much fun and I can't wait to start making them! I would love to win the prizes but if I don't I will be looking for the buttons in my craft and fabric stores. These buttons are so cool!

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