Vintage Button Heart Tutorial

vbhtut10 As I’ve had some inquiries as to how I made my vintage button heart, I wanted to walk you through it step by step. Hope you have lots of fun making your own. vbhtut1 First, gather all of the buttons you want to use and lay them out in a heart shape. You will need some 18 guage wire ( I purchased mine at a hobby store), and measure out a piece that will hold all of the buttons when strung on it. Leave 5-6″ extra to give you some working room. vbhtut2 Starting with the button at the very bottom of your heart, start stringing them onto your wire. This guage of wire was a little tricky at times to get through some of the buttons, but I found with the thinner wires, that they weren’t quite strong enough to hold the weight of all the buttons, and they ended up being quite flimsy. vbhtut3 Continue stringing the buttons on your wire working clockwise around your heart pattern. vbhtut4 When all of your buttons are strung on the wire, straighten it out. vbhtut5 Find the button that makes the top center point of your heart and bend the wire on both sides up to make a V. vbhtut6 Now bend the ends around to make your basic heart shape. vbhtut7 Cross the end wires over each other. vbhtut8 Twist the wires together. vbhtut9 Wrap the ends up and around some of the other wire on the heart. If you have too much wire at the end, just clip some off until you have about 1 1/2″. vbhtut10 Finish shaping your heart and then you are all done.


Edited to Add:

Sometimes it can be a little tricky working with the thicker wire and these buttons, but I really did find it better than using thinner wire as they were just to flimsy to hold their shape without extra strengthening.  When putting your button on the wire, slide it all the way over and shove it right up against the other button, so that it is actually overlapping the previous button somewhat.  When you pull the wire very slowly (if you go too quickly I found that it just mangled right up, for some reason it doesn’t do this when going slowly) it will loosen up a bit and the button will end up right next to your previous button with no gap.  I hope this helps for those who have been having a few issues.  Please feel free to e-mail me if you need further help.

tutorials • Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 • 26 Comments »

26 Responses to “Vintage Button Heart Tutorial”

  1. French Knots says:

    I am going to have a go at this, I have boxes and boxes of buttons which never see the light of day.
    I like the pretty fabric in the background too!

  2. kristina says:

    How lovely! And so perfect with the fabric (oooh, I just realized French Knots said the same…but it’s true!). Now feeling like a visit The Button Queen shop is a must-do… K x

  3. Joey says:

    Thank you for that. Adorable. I’m going to stop and get wire on the way home from work. Do you think this could be used as a pin. . or broach I guess?

  4. driftwood says:

    love them, great tutorial x

  5. Desiree says:

    Love your button heart…..Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sue McEhaney says:

    Love your tutorial…I love buttons and this is just as cute as can be..Thanks so much

    Sue Mc

  7. Nicki says:

    I make these hearts too, and would suggest a blob of hot glue (or superglue) on the back of each one – gives it more rigidity and helps to hold the shape. Lovely!

  8. Emma says:

    Hi. These are so pretty i really want to make some for my wedding but i am having real trouble!! Ive tried making them but the wire gets all twisted when im trying to pull it through the buttons and then the buttons dont sit close enough together and are really loose,and the wire gets all mangled. Ive tried using 20 and 24 gauge wire and am using mother of pearl buttons. Please help!! What am i doing wrong?!

  9. emma says:

    Just a quick note to say thanks for the email!! your advise was really helpful and the pliers are working great!!
    They are so pretty! now to figure out what ribbon to use!! Thank you again x

  10. Karen says:

    HI these button hearts are really pretty. I’m trying to make some myself for my upcoming wedding but it looks like I’m having similiar issues as Emma who posted with the buttons having huge gaps between them. Any advice? Thanks

  11. Glenna says:

    I made the vintage hearts as Christmas ornaments for my family this year. They were lovely! Thank you for posting it.

  12. Liz says:


    I look these buttons, they are sooo pretty!
    I am trying to make one of these out of my Nan’s old buttons, but am having the same problem as Emma and Karen, Please can you help me?

  13. 4kidsl8ter says:

    These little hearts are lovely. I have just bought all the bits to have a go. Hope they turn out as lovely as yours x

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  15. Francesca says:

    Hi there, these are gorgeous and I’m hoping to make lots to decorate my wedding. Were some ladies having trouble because the wire they were using was too thick? Thanks!

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  23. Kirsty says:

    Hello I just love these hearts and the moment I saw them ordered everything to make them with however like Emma I am struggling to get the buttons close together on the 18gauge wire and it keeps twisting etc HELP! I have used thinner wire but your right its a bit flimsy!

  24. Angeliki says:

    I loved your button heart!i was wondering how thick should the wire be ? 🙂

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