{create this} bottle cap & button flowers and a yard wrapped wreath

Hellllloooo Friday…what took you so long?!  I have SO much to share!  First, these:


My gardenia tree is blooming and it is seriously D-I-V-I-N-E!  I know it is not a scent that everyone loves, but this girl is a gardenia-loving fool!!

And now, since I have been so inspired by May Flowers…this Fin de Friday’s (my way to creatively catapult you into the weekend craft-y post + tutorial) edition of Upcycling:  Free to Fab is this (!!!):


I’m sure we have all seen the adorable yarn-wrapped wreaths all over Blogland and the internet and I just had to make one.  But these funky metal flowers that start with upcycled bottle caps and buttons are just my most favorite thing I’ve made lately!!!


So, without further ado, the HOW-TO:

Let’s start with the wreath.  Supplies:  styrofoam wreath form (any size, any shape) and yarn.  Pick a yarn, any yarn…I went with a soft cream color (that was also < $3!) that matches most any room in our house. 


Tie one end around your sytrofoam wreath foam. Wrap the first couple of rows around the little knot tails to tuck them under. You will want to wrap it fairly tight and get your yarn as close as you can to the last row so it doesn’t gap or droop.



Now wrap.
And wrap.
And wrap.
And wrap some more.


If you need to stop or take a break (and you will – my poor fingers!), I used scotch tape to hold it and it worked just fine.  Then, just pick up where you left off.

And continue wrapping…I did two full times around the wreath form.

To tie it off, I just wrapped one row around my finger so there was a little play in the yarn and then knotted off the end.  Snip off the tails.  This is the back of your wreath, so it doesn’t really matter if you see the knot…or not :)




And VOILA!!  It’s a wrap!  ;)




I knew I wanted to add flowers to this baby, but I wanted to do something a little different than felt flowers or storebought flowers (which are fine, but just not funky enough for me!)…and then it hit me!

Bottle cap flowers!!  

Let’s get this show on the road…Supplies:  bottle caps, buttons, hot glue gun**.


Gather your bottle caps – here is the upcycling part since these would have been thrown away but now they’re on their way from average to awesome! 


The big flowers use seven or eight bottle caps – six for the flower itself and one or two for the leaves.  The small flower uses five caps – four for the flower and one for the leaf.  Bend a bottle cap in 1/2 for each leaf.  I am woman, hear me roar see me craft!


Using hot glue**, glue the five caps together in a circle for the flower base and add one to the center.  Now, glue your leaves in between two ‘petals’ and let dry. 

**Fun bonus tip: I used a metal jar lid under my hot glue gun to catch any drips and prevent the glue from soaking through a napkin or paper plate. You’re welcome :) **

Now, flip the whole flower over and add a little more glue where the caps come together to make it a little sturdier. (And if you’re like me, grumble and grouch about all those irritating little hot glue threads that get on everything!) Allow the glue to dry completely.


Now, add your buttons!!


I used some vintage cream buttons inside each petal for this flower…



these funky blue ones for my little flower…



a couple red buttons stacked up in the center of this flower…



and some plain jane white buttons here…



Love love love these!


I added them to my wreath “like so” (the Little Bug’s favorite saying lately – ha ha!):


I think my run with chipboard restaurant coasters is over and a new obsession with bottle caps has begun :)   Now…where to hang it?!


So…what do you think?  Leave me a comment and let me know {pretty please with sugar on top}! 

In case you missed them, the other installments (episodes?  posts?  you know what I mean!) in this series can be found here:  #1 Baby Shower Name Gift, #2 Spring Chicks and Bunnies and #3 School Daze Mini Book.

This project was shared at all the blogs on my Link page!

Comments

  1. Oh I love this! I have all those materials too. I might have to make that this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. your bottle cap flowers look super cool…great work:)

  3. these creations are super pretty love em!! New follower here =]

  4. This is so creative and so unique. I love this!!!!
    ladeedacreations.com
    new follower

  5. New follower from the Friday Blog Hop! :)
    Jen @ My Secret Home

  6. This is AWESOME. The best thing i’ve seen all week!!

    I’m a new follower–would love a follow back!

    http://www.cookinformycaptain.blogspot.com

  7. My favorite part of this is the folded leaves. LOVE it!

  8. WONDERFUL!!! I love this. I think I might try some and see if they can live stuck the the garden fence. I will link back if we do it. THANKS

  9. Thanks for linking up to my party! I’ve never seen flowers like yours and they are so creative. Great job!

  10. Your wreath rocks! At Christmas I made flowers on the packages using bottlecaps. Was I smart enough to make them SO MUCH CUTER by adding buttons? Of course not! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Love, love, love what you’ve done. jules

  11. I love this! All my friends save bottle caps for me because they know I like to craft! This is a FABULOUS way to use them and super cute too!

  12. I love this wreath. Bottle caps, who knew?

  13. I love those flowers!! I am with you I love the white ones. I think I might need to make another wreath just so I can put some bottle cap flowers on it! I am a new follower. Cute blog!

  14. how creative!!! love the flowers!!!

  15. LOVE LOVE this craft!! I am for sure going to craft a wreath with
    bottle cap flowers!

  16. love love love the bottle caps with buttons on them:) awesome!

  17. Genius! I honestly love them.

  18. super darling…so glad I found ya…off to explore more of your blog!

    http://www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

  19. I love bottle caps and these are fantastic flowers! Love it!

  20. I LOVE that wreath. I have been saving bottle caps forever and now I have a new use for them. Great idea.

  21. Love the flowers!

    Would love for you to link up at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/05/calling-all-crafters-6th-edition.html

  22. Anonymous says:

    G-R-E-A-T idea for old bottle caps. I LOVE this !!! ~ Char

  23. When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought to myself that “that’s a pretty wreath”… and then I saw the caption. Bottle caps! Great upcycle and amazing job on those bottle cap flowers :) Visiting from Just Something I Whipped Up.

  24. Okay, so LOVE Gardenias and LOVE the wreath! So cute and I love the recycled bottle cap flowers..so creative! Thank you for sharing your wreath with us at Inspiration Friday and congrats on your 100th post!

    Heather

  25. Love this wreath!

  26. congrats 100 posts, the wreath is adorable. love the bottle top flowers. thanks for sharing this at my party!!

  27. The flowers are really cool. I’m always looking at bottle caps thinking there’s got to be another idea out there for using these, and you’ve come up with a super cute idea! Thanks for sharing. Found you at The Blackberry Vine.

  28. Wow, what a cool idea! The outside of the bottle caps were cute too. Found you at Skip to my Lou.

    Jessica
    Feel free stop stop by my blog
    http://www.jessabellstamps.blogspot.com

  29. LOVE this! What a great idea to use bottle caps!

  30. WOW! Came across your project through “Show Me What ya got…” Love it… hello from Malaysia!

  31. These are totally cool! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Love the flowers!!! I needed a new idea for the yarn wreaths I make! Thanks for the idea!

  33. What a great use of bottlecaps! I love how it turned out!

    I hope you will share at my party, Craft and Tell
    http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2011/05/craft-and-tell-tuesdays-no-4.html

  34. love love love!

  35. Love, love, love the bottlecaps and buttons!!!

  36. Absolutely excellent idea! I so love this and can’t wait to try it!!!!

  37. That’s just too cute! Love it! I’m having my first Linky Party tomorrow and would love for you to link up!
    http://www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

  38. This is FABULOUS! It’s so creative! I can’t wait to give this a try for myself and as a gift. Thanks so much!

  39. In looking at this I am seeing a different take…the caps I do not believe are too heavy…and if you were to put a backing to it like a cardboard circle…and a pin back…it now becomes a brooch

  40. You’re the upcycling queen! I’m featuring you as a Friday Fav at naptimecrafters.blogspot.com

    See you at the party on Friday:)

  41. How cute!! My mind is just spinning now with “spins” on your idea! Thanks for posting! Very clever!

  42. i love this! such a great idea :)

  43. This is pure genius! I’ve never seen anything like this. Absolutely gorgeous.

    I found you through Gluesticks and I’m following you now!!

    Kelly

  44. Wow! That is tremendous! I love love love the bottle cap flowers! That is by far one of my favorite things that I have seen in a long time. Awesome.
    I am your newest follower. Come follow me if you get a chance.

  45. Adorable & such a creative combination with the buttons! I’m going to start saving bottle caps!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  46. Absolutely LOVE your wreath! Very creative and clever!
    :-)

  47. What a clever idea! I absolutely love this–even the leaves are bottle caps. This would be a perfect front door wreath for many different seasons! I shared your creativity and bottle cap post on my Friday Favorites (posted today/Tuesday due to Blogger issues at the end of last week). Thanks, and have a great day!

  48. what a great way of using bottle caps.. I really love the idea.. Would you like to share these flowers with my readers as a featured guest?
    Hani

    http://www.craftionary.blogspot.com

  49. I am featuring your very cool wreath at my Swing into Spring party tonight. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. The link opens up at 8pm EST tonight.

  50. Keri, The bottle cap flowers are simply adorable. So clever and creative. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this. Hope you are having a great week ~ Stephanie Lynn
    http://www.bystephanielynn.com

  51. Love your bottle top flowers! great idea for the petals!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  52. the bottle cap flowers are really fun! i think this might actually be the best way i have ever seen bottle caps used :)

  53. What a great use of bottle tops!!! (I’ve been saving tops to use for just the right thing!!!) It made the To Do List this week! Feel free to stop by and grab a button! Can’t wait to see what you share next!

    Smiles!
    Jami

  54. How creative and cute!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

  55. Keri: I sent you an email about winning One Month To Win It if you want to compete! Please get back to me if you’re interested.
    runningscissor at gmail dot com

  56. I LOVE THIS WREATH!!! I want to make some similar! Now I just need my husband to come home from deployment, so he can drink up some beer, so I can have some bottle caps to use! haha Thanks for sharing! This is so such a great idea!

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