Get Out the Vote – Upcycling Campaign Buttons and Vintage Ribbons into a Patriotic Wreath

Get Out the Vote – Upcycling Campaign Buttons and Vintage Ribbons into a Patriotic 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! And I’ll be doing it with vintage pins / campaign buttons from old elections into a patriotic wreath for Get Out the Vote!

I have to thank my good friend, Kate DiNatale Vintage, for inspiring this project. Many, 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.

Get out the vote with vintage ribbon that will become a bow for a patriotic wreath by Sadie Seasongoods

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 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!

Campaign buttons, vintage pins, and pinback buttons as vintage americana to use on a patriotic wreath by Sadie Seasongoods

To ensure I had enough pinback buttons / metal pins to create the patriotic wreath that I had in mind, I purchased some additional vintage Americana bits from Maliasmark, as well.

Pinback buttons and vintage ribbons from old campaigns to make patriotic wreath for get out the vote or gotv by Sadie Seasongoods

Now I could get to work to create a festive, bipartisan wreath! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Making a Patriotic Wreath for Get Out the Vote with Campaign Buttons

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.

Using white burlap to wrap a straw wreath form to create a patriotic wreath with metal pins and campaign buttons by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

Burlap wreath to be decorated with campaign buttons and vintage ribbons for vintage americana and patriotic wreath by Sadie Seasongoods

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

The beauty of using pinback buttons is that you don’t need any glue – they’re already pins and easy to attach!

Patriotic wreath for Get Out The Vote and American decor with vintage pins and campaign buttons by Sadie Seasongoods

As you can see, I left a wide open spot near the bottom of the 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!

Wreath bow made from vintage ribbons for GOTV and vintage Americana for patriotic decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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

Patriotic wreath using metal pins, campaign buttons, and vintage ribbons for Get Out the Vote or GOTV by Sadie Seasongoods

Get Out the Vote by Upcycling Campaign Buttons into a Patriotic Wreath

Now it was ready to hang on my front door…perfect patriotic decor 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 the wreath with a safety pin.

GOTV or Get out the Vote with a patriotic wreath that was decorated with campaign buttons and vintage ribbons by Sadie Seasongoods

I just love how it turned out – and it’s such a fun way to upcycle and repurpose a collection of campaign buttons and vintage ribbons.

Get Out the Vote as a patriotic wreath to celebrate GOTV with pinback buttons, campaign buttons, and vintage ribbons by Sadie Seasongoods

Years later, I wore the wreath bow as a corsage during the last election – how about that for Get Out the Vote / GOTV?

Voting in the 2018 Midterms with vintage ribbons for Get Out the Vote or GOTV by Sadie Seasongoods

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 bipartisan way.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a patriotic wreath, then you’ll love this collection of repurposed projects for Independence Day decorations!

Upcycling Ideas and Repurposed projects for Patriotic decor and Independence Day decorations compiled by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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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!

  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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