A different way to DIY a Button Ornament

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.

Beautiful, DIY Button Ornament - CraftsnCoffee.com.

Button Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

Here are the two different techniques side-by-side. Today’s tutorial is for the No-Pin Button Ornament on the left. You can make the red & white Button Ornament following the tutorial on the video.

Love this -- two different ways to make these sweet Button Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.
To make a No-Pins Button Ornament, you’ll need:

  • 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.

I can't choose a favorite -- I love all three of these Button Topiaries. CraftsnCoffee.com

Blue and Red Button Topiaries by Kathleen George. Creamy Button Topiary by Rebekah Meier.

This week’s handmade ornament series continues tomorrow . . .

Tons of free (& beautiful) Christmas crafts on this site. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy crafting!


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20 Responses to A different way to DIY a Button Ornament

  1. Teresa Lambert says:

    lovely,gonna make some now be ready for christmas…yea.

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  3. These look gorgeous I love playing with poly balls

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  5. So very pretty! Love the Christmas trees also!

  6. LisaM6 says:

    Love the buttons. What great way to use buttons from Grandmas. This will make a fun project to do with my family.

    • Sharon says:

      You are so right, and I love your idea of making this a keepsake ornaments by using buttons from family members. You just can’t go wrong with button crafts. Thanks so much, Lisa. Sharon

  7. CraftyB says:

    The ornament with the white buttons and some red buttons sprinkled in speaks to me! Very festive!

  8. Becca Christensen says:

    Thanks for the beautiful ideas. I’m going to make a serious dent in my button collection.

  9. annehaun says:

    Love these projects – thanks for sharing.

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