I finally got myself into a craft store and picked up matching floss, and while I was there suddenly decided I wanted a bigger button than I had in my stash, so I picked up a small package of bigger wooden beads.
I spent a couple of hours messing around with different thread wrapping patterns, and finally came up with one that I can live with. I wanted the buttons to have a little bit of gold in them as well, so I ended up with gold ribs.
I only have two more buttons to go, but got bored doing them and moved on to the loops. I'm doing a seven stranded round braid with 4 gold and 3 red. Somewhere along the way, I messed up the cord, so the pattern shifts a bit, but it doesn't bother me enough to re-do it!