Have you seen our “5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes” video? In five fast minutes, you’ll learn how to make five classic Christmas ornaments, including a Button Ornament. Today I’m sharing a different tutorial to make a Button Ornament without pins. It has a smoother, sleeker surface that really shows off the buttons. Both techniques produce beautiful, keepsake ornaments, it just depends on the look you’re after. Make one or make them both.
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” Ball
- Creative Paperclay™, one package
- Buttons, assorted creamy colors and sizes
- Silver wire, 2” length
- Velvet ribbon: ¼” and ½” wide, cream color
- Mod Podge
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; acrylic roller
To make a No-Pins Button Ornament:
1. Cover the ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam with clay:
- Roll a piece of Paperclay to 1/8” thick.
- Wrap the clay around the foam ball.
- Repeat, till ball is completely covered with clay.
- Smooth all seams with wet fingertips.
- Let dry completely.
2. Glue buttons onto the dry surface, arranging them to cover the surface.
3. Twist the 2” length of silver wire around a pencil, forming a loop for hanging. Twist ends together and insert into the top of the ornament. Secure with glue.
4. Insert an 8” length of ¼” velvet ribbon through the wire hanger, and glue edges together. Tie a bow in a length of ½” velvet ribbon and glue to the top of the ornament.
Here’s another comparison for you. Designer Rebekah Meier used a similar technique to make her Creamy Button Topiary, substituting spackling for the paperclay. Of course, you can see that head pins were used to make the Red Button Christmas Topiary and the Blue Button Topiary. They’re all beautiful, and you can choose the look and technique you prefer.
This week’s handmade ornament series continues tomorrow . . .