Red, White, and Blue Wreath with Vintage Campaign Buttons

Red, White, and Blue Wreath with Vintage Campaign Buttons

If you live in the States, then you may have noticed that it’s an election year. There’s an awful lot of anger and ugliness associated with it, so here’s my attempt to diffuse the bitter divide with a bi-partisan upcycling project. Washington may not be able to cross the aisle, but Sadie can! And I’ll be doing it with vintage campaign buttons to make a red, white, and blue wreath that is unique and fun!

I have to thank my good friend, Kate DiNatale Vintage, for inspiring this project. Many moons ago, she gifted me with some vintage ribbons that had a “Get Out the Vote” vibe.

She didn’t have a good use for them, but figured I could probably come up with something.

vintage patriotic ribbon

Since I hadn’t made a patriotic wreath for a couple of years, I let the vintage ribbons be my muse. I had an idea in my head, but I needed some vintage campaign buttons to make it happen.

On a whim, I asked my mom if she had any. And boy oh boy, did she eve! She had a small boxful of them that her uncle had collected over the years (1920s and 30s).

Not all of them were political, but most of them were patriotic- even better!

vintage campaign buttons

To ensure I had enough vintage campaign buttons to create a red, white, and blue wreath, I purchased a few more from Etsy.

vintage election buttons

Now I could get to work to create a red, white, and blue wreath that was patriotic AND bi-partisan!

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Get Out the Vote in Wreath Form

To bring my idea to life, I needed a round wreath form and some plain material to wrap it in. Which I already had, courtesy of the remnants bin.

Pale off-white burlap was perfect for this.

making a patriotic burlap wreath

I cut the burlap in long narrow (3”) strips, which I ironed and then wrapped around my wreath form. Then, I simply secured the ends on the back with my hot glue gun.

patriotic burlap wreath

Now it was time to pull it all together! First, I attached the vintage campaign buttons to the wreath form, along with whatever other election memorabilia I had.

The beauty of using vintage election buttons is that you don’t need any glue. They’re already pins and easy to attach, especially after using burlap around the wreath form.

craft idea for vintage campaign buttons

As you can see, I left a wide open spot near the bottom of my patriotic wreath. This is where the vintage ribbons would come into play!

I didn’t want to cut or glue them, so I played around and created a wreath bow of sorts. I folded them, layered them on top of each other, and used a few hidden stitches with a needle and thread to secure them in place.

The end result was fun and flashy, like a prize ribbon from a horse show!

celebrating the right to vote

With a few more hidden stitches, I was able to secure it to my red, white, and blue wreath.

I also ended up moving a few of the vintage campaign buttons around to give it more room!

red white and blue wreath for patriotic door decor

Now it was ready to hang on my front door. The perfect patriotic wreath that celebrates the politics of the past, from both major parties in the United States.

Red, White, and Blue Wreath with Vintage Campaign Buttons

To hang it, I gathered a loop of red, white, and blue grosgrain ribbon, which I knotted and fixed to the back of the wreath with a safety pin. And that was it!

vintage campaign buttons on a red white and blue wreath

I just love how it turned out. What a fun way to upcycle and repurpose a collection of vintage campaign buttons patriotic ribbons. In a bi-partisan way, no less!

red white and blue wreath with vintage campaign buttons

Years later, I wore the wreath bow as a corsage during the a recent election. How about that for celebrating the right to vote?

sadie seasongoods and her husband

I often see vintage political memorabilia for sale, but rarely repurposed! But I do love how it turned out, and it reminds me that love of country is so much greater than politics.

With this project, you can make a political statement without any politics at all! And such a great way to celebrate the idea of Get Out the Vote in a bi-partisan way.

And a special thanks again to Kate DiNatale Vintage/CarlaSue Vintage and Maliasmark for their “political contributions” to this project! Without their vintage election buttons and political ribbons, I never would have created this!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a patriotic home decor, then you may also be interested in this American flag decor I made, as well!

american flag decor with a buffalo plaid stencil

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Wow, Sarah, the wreath is great but your mom’s buttons!! That’s a fantastic collection, and valuable!

  2. That is adorable and so appropriate! What a lucky break that you happened to have access to all those buttons. Great idea and so colorful!

  3. Super cute! Love this to pieces:) and those collection of buttons, wow!
    Wanted to let you know that you are featured today at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.

  4. So fun! Makes me want to start collecting candidate pins! Visiting from Vintage Charm party.

  5. How clever, so unusual…love it!

  6. I seriously love this! What a fun way to feature your fabulous collection.

    Thanks for sharing at Thoughts of Home. 😉

  7. A most EXCELLENT way to use those vintage political campaign buttons! Many thanks for linking up at Vintage Charm!!!

  8. How fun & creative! Super cute for the 4th!

  9. What a clever way to use those vintage pins. So cute. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party.

  10. I absolutely adore how you showcased such amazing pins. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  11. That is adorable!! What a beautiful way to decorate. Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  12. This is fabulous, Sarah! I love all of the vintage patriotic buttons. What a wonderful way to display them!

  13. Sarah, This is really cool! Love the vintage buttons and the fun way you thought to display them! Pinning to share. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  14. charleneasay1 says

    What a cleaver idea. Love it. I hope you join us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  15. I love the wreath project! I have a collection of Thomas Dewey pins just sitting in a drawer. This would be a much better use for them.

  16. Your idea to use the political buttons for a wreath is well, just genius. It is the perfect statement for this political year. It is right at home for 4th of July but for November too. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  17. What a wonderful wreath for any summer holiday but also a great message and a fun way to show off a collection! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!


  18. What a fun wreath and a perfect way to display memorabelia. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!

  19. OH so cute!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Crafts, Recipes, and Tips and Tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  20. Other than how cute and creative this is I love that there is no glue involved. Thanks for bringing this over to Celebrate Your Story. Happy 4th!

  21. What a cool idea – now I’m going to starting looking for the buttons! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  22. It was great seeing you at Peace, Love, Linkup #013! The next party goes live tomorrow at 6. Hope to see you there!

  23. I just loved this wreath! How handy that your mother had all those buttons! I guess I will need to start keeping an eye out for them! I am featuring your wreath on Monday evening at the Celebrate Your Story! link party! Thanks so much for coming to the party and sharing all of your great creations!

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