Want to make a Christmas topiary? Make a beautiful, bountiful, Blue Button Topiary

Button, button, who has the button? I bet you have buttons, buttons by the dozens, dozens, right? Somehow, I find buttons irresistible and even mesmerizing. If you’re ready to decorate for Christmas, and you’d like to make a Christmas topiary, then here’s how you can make a beautiful, bountiful Blue Button Topiary.

Blue button topiary tree.

You could display this Blue Button Topiary all winter long.

Kids love buttons, too, so have them join in and help sort the buttons by sizes and colors. And speaking of colors, check out Patty Schaffer’s quick tip for painting buttons.  Display several Button Topiaries in different colors and I promise that they’ll get noticed.

Make a Christmas Topiary Tree

A trio of Button Topiaries makes a stunning Christmas vignette, like this one in the magazine Stitch Craft Create.

Kathleen George designed our Blue Button Topiary using a 12” cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, but you can use a smaller cone, too. The 12” cone will need approximately 750 – 1,000 buttons, depending on the sizes of buttons. A 6” cone will require approximately 200 – 300 buttons and a 9” cone will need about 500 – 600 buttons.

To make a Blue Button Topiary, you will need:

how to make a Christmas topiary tree

Pearl head pins and sparkling snowflake buttons add contrast.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Buttons: assorted blue; white; snowflake
  • Acrylic craft paint, blue
  • Straight pins: white pearl heads; silver
  • Low temperature glue gun & glue sticks
  • Tools needed: paintbrush

To make a Blue Button Topiary:

1. Paint the cone blue. Let dry.

2. Pin on blue buttons with pearl head pins. Use the largest & thickest buttons for the first layer.

3. Pin on a second layer, using the smaller buttons and overlapping the first layer. Mix and match the shades of blue for contrast.

4. Add white buttons and silver snowflake buttons.

How to make button topiary trees

Change out your buttons and use your favorite color combinations.

By changing the buttons, you could make a red Button Topiary, also made by Kathleen George, or the creamy, dreamy Button Topiary by Rebekah Meier.

Make a Christmas topiary

Here's another idea -- dress up your paper-covered cone with a garland of colorful buttons.

Need more inspiration? How about covering your cone in embossed paper, and then dressing it up with a colorful button garland. Instructions for this Button Garland Topiary Tree are on StyrofoamCrafts.com.

Make a Christmas Topiary Tree

Top your topiaries with glittered balls, like they did in the new magazine Stitch Craft Create.

Magazine giveaway

You can win this issue of Stitch Craft Create and a craft apron.

I love this trio of Button Topiaries in the premier issue of Stitch Craft Create. This beautiful magazine is packed with more than 100 Christmas projects and ideas – and I’m giving away a copy! If you’d like to win this issue of Stitch Craft Create, along with one of our craft aprons, tell me about the Christmas craft ideas you’d like to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Are you looking for ideas for Christmas ornaments? Topiaries? Wreaths? Or?? Tell me below and at the end of the day Monday, November 28, I’ll draw a name to win Stitch Craft Create and an apron.

Katiria won this week’s giveaway. Please contact me, Katiria, and I’ll send you one of our craft aprons. Thank you!

Happy crafting!


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19 Responses to Want to make a Christmas topiary? Make a beautiful, bountiful, Blue Button Topiary

  1. kidosmom says:

    Need your help, I just saw on the Christmas section of crafts, a tree done with deco mesh rope and I was wondering if you know how to do? If you do could you send me the link or say how to do, to bdtlive@msn.com Diane

  2. michelle says:

    love it

  3. Sar Tann says:

    I just loves these. They are totally cute. You are the Styrofoam fairy. Thank you. 🙂

  4. Alyse says:

    I love these button trees! I like to see more wreaths. I like to have one for every season and holiday.

  5. Jeannie (blue) says:

    Variety for me please. My dd and I make x-mas presents each year – ornaments the last 2 and wreaths this year.

    • Sharon says:

      That’s wonderful that you make holiday crafting a family affair. I promise that we’ll feature a lot of variety for you, so please come back often, Jeannie. Thank you. Sharon

  6. Leslie says:

    I would love to see more crafts from nature, I have a woodland and a “prairie” on my property and while things are scarce right now, I think there is enough stuff out there to make some pretty cool projects. The only problem is that I am in major craft-block status right now and need some inspiration badly!!!

  7. Yvonne says:

    I love whimsical Christmas crafts. To make for gifts and for inside decorations. Every yr I make something very different to send out as gifts. Thanx…and…I’d love to win this magazine! Here on the island we are limited to craft mags and supplies. Greetings from Puerto Rico.

  8. Lisa says:

    I love wreaths that you can make by just hiking in the woods or cutting holly from bushes. I also love anything you can sew/quilt. Holiday coasters, table runners, oranaments & pillows top my list so crafts on those would be awesome. Thanks for hosting.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for the suggestions, Lisa. It sounds like you like to sew, and I’ll be sure we feature some fabric Christmas crafts, like ornaments, very soon.

  9. Karen Whitney says:

    I would love to see more trees! I can’t get enough of the styrofoam trees….loved all of the ideas I’ve seen so far. Would also like to see some ornaments….beachy/coastal in theme. I have a tree that needs some of these ornaments 🙂

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