How to make a button bouquet centerpiece with less than a half bottle of gin.

You ask, “Is it possible?” Yes. It is.

Not the finished product, but one I made for my wedding minus the gin due to pregancy.

I’ve always loved buttons, but a full blown obsession developed with them shortly after finishing Margaret Atwood’s Blind Assassin. Buttons are like people. Each one is different if you look hard enough. All are individuals, especially if you’re inebriated.


  • a crap load of buttons. I prefer buttons with history. Older people, and people who sew, usually have stashes of these. Ask for donations. Never remove them from your husband’s shirts or pants.
  • 22 gauge wire
  • wire cutter
  • less than a half bottle full of Bombay Sapphire (can be substituted with an already emptied bottle, not recommended, or other suitable container)
  • 1 shot glass
  • table chair
  • bathroom

*Optional supplies depending on your alcohol tolerance level

  • Bandaids
  • bucket
  • mop
  • someone to tuck you in

Having someone accompany you who also likes to do quirky crafts and loves buttons makes this more enjoyable. Luckily, I had just that. My companion was Not My Daughter because my daughter’s too focused on Black Veil Brides. She’s also too cool to sit at the kitchen table on a Saturday night and spend quality time with her mother.

1. Using a shot glass, empty the contents of the bottle. Do this slowly and carefully to prevent spilling. Pour the liquid down your throat or (not recommended) down the drain. Measure out a stem appropriate size of wire. Allow enough wire to adequately fold over and twist the end.
2. Arrange buttons into a flower. I stack a few, smallest to largest. You can also use single buttons. Let your creativity to take over. Have fun.
3. String the wire through the buttons and twist the wire.
4. Occasionally, say things like, “Stop stealing all the black buttons,” and “It puts the buttons in the basket, or it gets the wire cutters again.”
5. Visit bathroom.
6. Twist until you cannot twist anymore.
7. Rinse out bottle and permit it to dry.
8. Visit bathroom.
9. Have someone tuck you in bed.
10. At another point in time, make as many flowers as you can.
11. Repeat above step.
12. Take all the flowers, gather in a bouquet and secure it by twisting wire around it.
13. Put your finished bouquet in bottle or other container.

Here’s mine.


7 thoughts on “How to make a button bouquet centerpiece with less than a half bottle of gin.

  1. Lol, yes we all are unique when drunk, aren’t we?
    Another optional supply for me would be a diaper. I might not make it to the bathroom in time. The button bouquet is lovely 🙂


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