Rock the Vintage Vote- Political Pinback Button Wreath

Rock the Vintage Vote- Political Pinback Button Wreath

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!

I have to thank my good friend, Kate DiNatale Vintage, for inspiring this project. Many, many moons ago, she gifted me with some vintage vote ribbon/straps. She didn’t have a good use for them, but figured I could probably come up with something. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage vote ribbon straps from Kate DiNatale Vintage / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The straps that started it all…

Since I hadn’t made a new summertime or July 4th wreath for a couple of years, I let the vintage Vote ribbons be my muse. I had an idea in my head, but I needed some vintage political /campaign buttons. On a whim, I asked my mom if she had any. And boy oh boy, did she ever…she had a slew of them that had been her uncle’s. Not all of them were political, but most of them were patriotic- even better!

Vintage patriotic pinback political buttons and pins for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pieces of patriotic flair!

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 jute/burlap would be perfect!

Creating a patriotic vintage vote USA America wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A nice, plain background for my pinback buttons.

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

Wrapped burlap around wreath form to be decorated with vintage political patriotic vote pinback buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready for some flair!

Now it was time to pull it all together! I gathered my Vote ribbon straps, my great-uncle’s campaign button collection, and a few odds and ends I had picked up from Etsy and Maliasmark.

Patriotic Vintage Vote wreath using antique political pinback buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The rest of my flair pieces…let’s make a wreath!

Decorating the wreath form was easy- I used the pin back buttons like polka-dots and pushed them into the burlap (and sometimes the wreath itself) here and there. That’s the great thing about pins- no glue needed!

Patriotic Vintage Vote wreath using antique political pinback buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like little red, white, and blue polka dots.

I left an empty space off to the bottom left for the Vote ribbon straps. I didn’t want to cut or glue them either, so I played around with them and created a 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!

Vintage vote ribbon bow for Patriotic Vintage Vote wreath using antique political pinback buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How’s that for a wreath bow?

With a few more hidden stitches, I was able to secure it to my wreath form (I ended up moving a few buttons around to give it more room!).

Patriotic Vintage Vote wreath using antique political pinback buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All done and ready for my red door!

Now it was ready to hang on my front door…perfect patriotic décor that celebrates the politics of the past, from both major parties. To hang it, I gathered a loop of red, white, and blue grosgrain ribbon, which I knotted and fixed to the back of my wreath with a safety pin.

Patriotic Vintage Vote wreath using antique political pinback buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

Patriotic Vintage Vote wreath using antique political pinback buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little close-up…

I often see vintage political bits 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 political hatred. With this project, you can make a political statement without any politics at all! And before you go, be sure to check out my other repurposed patriotic DIY ideas!

Happy Independence Day…and Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Patriotic Vintage Vote wreath using antique political pinback buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  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.
    Jemma

  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!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much!!! At least they’re no longer tucked away in a drawer or closet, right? 😀

  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!

    Mollie

  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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    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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