DIY a Button & Beads Christmas Topiary, and a new giveaway!

November 1 and it’s game on, Christmas crafters! Whether you started your Christmas crafting in January, or you’re just now ready to jump in, this cute-as-a-button, Button & Beads Tabletop Tree belongs on your DIY list. Designer Patty Schaffer chose classic red & green for her tree, and this Christmas topiary adapts easily to any color scheme, from winter whites to sparkling metallics. To help kick-start this craftiest of seasons, I’m announcing a Crafts & Cocoa Giveaway, too. Let’s fire up the glue guns and go!

Pretty! Easy DIY with paper, beads, buttons and a Styrofoam cone.

To make a Button & Beads Tabletop Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Scrapbook paper, four sheets in coordinating colors and patterns
  • Buttons, in coordinating colors
  • Beads, in coordinating colors
  • Pearl head pins in white, or other color
  • Beading pins, ¾”
  • Ink pad & sponge applicator
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1-1/4” circle punch*

*If you don’t have a circle punch, use a quarter as your template and cut out the circles with scissors.

DIY Button & Beads Tabletop Christmas Topiaries with your favorite scrapbook papers.

Make a pair for the mantel, or a small grouping for a centerpiece.

To make a Button & Beads Tabletop Tree:

1. Punch 20 – 25 circles from each patterned paper. (You may need more as you go.)

2. Ink the edges of the paper circles with the sponge applicator.

3. Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin on the paper circles using the beading pins. Continue to pin the circles onto the cone, overlapping as you go. You do not need to pin on the circles in neat rows; Patty pinned hers on at random.

Love the details on this Button & Beads Christmas Cone! has the DIY.

Cranberry and green is a classic Christmas color scheme. Whatever colors you choose, the tree will be just as beautiful!

5. Decorate the tree by pinning on buttons and beads with pearl head pins.

A few years ago, Patty shared her Paper Loop Christmas Cone with us, and you can see how easy it is to change up your papers to change the look.

DIY Paper Loop Christmas Cone. This one's easy!

Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

Don’t throw out your paper scraps! Use your leftover papers to make Patty’s Pretty Paper Ornaments.

Very pretty, and an easy DIY -- as easy as wrapping a package. Tutorial on

We’ve had some chilly nights here, and this morning, my daughter asked for a cup of cocoa to drink on her way to school. So, it’s time for the Crafts & Cocoa Giveaway! The giveaway includes:

  • Crafts ‘n Coffee wintertime mug
  • Hot cocoa samples
  • $25 gift card to your choice of Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby.

To enter, tell me what you’re crafting for Christmas this year. I can’t wait to hear what you’re making! Leave your comments below by midnight on Thursday, November 10, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 11.

** Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed.** 

Thank you, and happy crafting!


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122 Responses to DIY a Button & Beads Christmas Topiary, and a new giveaway!

  1. So cute and unique! The tree would make an excellent Christmas centerpiece! I absolutely love the paper crafts. Can’t wait to try them out!

  2. kelleysdiy says:

    I love these!! You are sooo creative!!

  3. donna baker says:

    Trying to finish embroidering pillowcases for my sisters-in-law, Then on to a few Christmas crafts. Love the Christmas Holidays.

  4. Pamb says:

    Hi Sharon,
    So, I found this pattern in a very old magazine using blue jeans pockets, gift pockets. I decorate the pockets with felt in the shape of snowmen then embellish with glitter, buttons, sequins, ribbon, etc…..Also there is a wire made handle used to hold, hang pockets. Awesome.

  5. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I’m thinking of making some ornaments this months from old sweaters and stuffed with filling!

  6. I made a grandparents window and hung the grandkids pics also making ornaments with the grandkids

  7. Liddia Beeman says:

    We just lost a nephew two weeks ago. We are using clear balls to make memorials of him for each family member.

    • Sharon says:

      I am so sorry for your loss, and my heart goes out to you and your family. Your ornaments sounds like a beautiful and heartfelt tribute. Thank you for stopping in and sharing. Hugs to you! Sharon

  8. Linda Wright says:

    Our church ladies are making tree skirts for a fundraiser. So far I’m getting volunteered to be the designer! Apparently they don’t know me very well ! Lol

  9. Debbie says:

    I am going to make a black and turquoise wreath this year. I know that’s not the traditional colors but I have seen several made in that color and I really like them. I love the color turquoise.

    • Sharon says:

      I bet your wreath will be beautiful — that’s a very rich & elegant color combo. Be sure to share a photo — I’d love to see it. Happy crafting, and thank you for stopping in. Sharon

  10. Roberta says:

    This looks great!!! I can’t wait to get started on a craft! Only have to pick which one!!!!!!

  11. Deanna Baker Barnes says:

    I have always wanted to create a tree Forrest as a Christmas display…so this tute is perfect! Will for sure be making them!

  12. katknit says:

    Felted mittens for my grand daughters.

  13. Patty Wade says:

    I have made a White Christmas Wreath with coffee filters! I added a red bow for a little bit of color!

  14. Rose Leader says:


  15. mistyfuji says:

    I’m making my son a quilt. It’s all cut out, just putting it together! Also, sewing some projects like mug rugs & kitchen accessories. They make great gifts.

    • Sharon says:

      Those are great, handmade gift ideas, and I’m sure the quilt will be very special to your son. So glad you stopped in to share your holiday crafts. Craft on! Sharon

  16. scrapfancy says:

    I have made cork ornaments this year and thinking of making some quilt ornaments for a few friends.

  17. Laura says:

    I am making felt Christmas ornaments, origami Christmas ornaments, Christmas cards, and maybe a recycled snow globe or two!

    • Sharon says:

      Love your list! My daughter is a big fan of origami, and we always have origami ornaments on our tree. Thanks for coming by, and happy crafting! Sharon

  18. I am making afghans for all of the Nieces, Nephews and Great Nephews still have 10 to go but finished 19 of them already. But I love that wreath and will be looking for the right Christmas balls for it. I Love Family and Christmas brings them all home. Angel hugs and happy crafting

    • Sharon says:

      You are so sweet! Thank you! Your afghans will be very special and treasured for years! How long did it take you to make 19?!? Wow! Good luck on the next 10! Sharon

  19. Debra Champion says:

    I’m crafting mesh and feather boa wreaths! And just for fun, I’m going to make a wintery branch to display in one of the tall vases from our daughter’s wedding.

    • Sharon says:

      The wreaths sound very festive. And I love your idea of creating a commemorative Christmas display from such a special vase. Will you add twinkle lights? Thanks for sharing! Sharon

  20. Ginny D says:

    I buy the paper mache houses and paint and decorate them for christmas gifts! I have my own little town going too:)

  21. I have some really old wrapping paper I found in my Mothers sewing room and I am going to try the paper loop Christmas Cone. It will help me remember her.

  22. Julia Towne says:

    I am making candy dishes from soda bottles. They will look like snowman. Filled with treats as a giveaway to friends.

    • Sharon says:

      This sounds like a really cute idea, and it repurposes, too. I’ve not seen these, so I’ll have to go poke around on Pinterest to see if I can find snowman candy dishes. Thank you! Sharon

  23. Lisa Dickens says:

    I am making fabric covered candy canes, painted wooden utensils and maybe making a few Christmas countdown calendars I saw on a diy blog for my grandkids and niece.

  24. Peggy Walpert says:

    I work with local seniors at the senior center & we have made jingle bell ornaments, cork reindeer ornaments, button ornaments, wooden spoon reindeer, ornament trees, infinity scarves, so many crafts, so little time! Love your site!

  25. Joyce Kiefer says:

    I’m making some Christmas deco mesh wreaths in green and red. Hopefully, I will be making a snowman wreath, too.

    I really appreciate all of your ideas. Thank you.

  26. SleepyTown says:

    I LOVE Christmas!! Thank you for the craft ideas!

  27. Ally says:

    I’m going to be making some rice heat bags for presents. I LOVE them!

  28. Amy Orvin says:

    I am making a new Christmas wreath for the front door.

  29. Diane W says:

    I enjoy your website and all your craft ideas you show us. I’m painting snowmen on mugs for hot cocoa and also painting snowmen on bottles for Christmas gifts. I always make extra because you never know when you need that extra gift for someone. I enjoy making christmas cards to send out and this year I’m going to make reindeer cards. (Last year I did Santa cards) I love this time of year. Thank you for entering me into your contest.

  30. Terry S says:

    I am crafting small “wish list” magnetic blackboards to put on the refrigerator for all of my grandkids (almost done) so their parent(s) will know what they want for Christmas.

  31. Christiane H says:

    I am crafting ornaments and a Christmas wreath.

    • Sharon says:

      Sounds like fun! Do you have a theme for your projects? Happy crafting! Sharon

    • Katiria says:

      I want to make ornaments too!. It’s for my co-workers because it would be the most cost effective way of giving presents to 10 people without breaking my budget & I could add the company logo maybe my boss will like them. The down side is that it takes up too much time. It’s my goal but I don’t know if I will complete it.

      • Sharon says:

        Office gifts are tough, and I love your idea to DIY ornaments. It really makes it special and like you said, you can personalize them, too. Be sure to check out the ideas on the ornament page — the Rag Ball Ornaments, Wrap & Go Fabric Ornaments, and Sweater Ornaments are super easy, and made with second-hand shirts and sweaters, which keeps the cost down. Maybe you could even use fabric in the company colors instead of using the logo? Here’s the page: If hope you find the time to DIY a little something for yourself, too, Katiria. Let me know how the ornaments go. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! Sharon

  32. I love that! “Game on.” Great way to put it. I’m getting into the spirit too: Looking forward to seeing more of your Christmas crafts

  33. talesfromwalnutstreet says:

    Love the trees! They’re fabulous! I am making a wreath for my sister for Christmas. It is a twig wreath, spray painted white, with pine cones spray painted gold in the middle. It’s in the process now, but it is coming along nicely! Happy day!

  34. Those trees are SO cute! My kids and I will be crafting a gift for my MIL. Have you seen the cardinal handprint on canvas image floating around Pinterest?

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you like these — thank you! I’ve seen a lot of handprint crafts, but not the cardinal handprint. It sounds so cute! Thanks so much for stopping in. Sharon

  35. Love all your Crafts here!! This year I am making I Spy Ornaments, Paper & Lace Tussie Mussies. I have several of these cones, so I just need some beading pins and I could make some of these trees to add to my Winter Wonderland of Trees around the house~

    Have a Super Holiday Season!!

  36. Pat says:

    I craft and sew for craft fairs and my soon-to-be Etsy and websites. This year, I’m looking to make myself a snowflake, snowman Deco Mesh wreath for MY front door. I live in Georgia, USA, so we get a dusting of snow about every three years. I guess a bit of snow is wishful thinking on my part, but I can have it on my front door!!

    • Sharon says:

      Your wreath sounds adorable, and like a snowy celebration! I hope you have a successful craft fair season, and good luck with your new etsy store. Sharon

  37. Mary says:

    I’m making fall colored trees for the Thanksgiving table.

  38. Barbara Glover says:

    Hi Sharon! So many wonderful tutorials on your site! This Christmas I’m going to try making one of those snowmen trees. A little batting and fabric, felt hat and some rain boots.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! I’m so fortunate to have a lot of talented ladies share their tutorials with us — I love to see what they create as much as you do! Love your ideas for snowman trees, too. Craft on! Sharon

  39. Debbie says:

    Hi love all this crafts. I working on egg shaped ornaments. A cone covered with gold 1 1/2 inch folded paper. I have all my paper done. Just need to get started.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, and so glad you found Crafts ‘n Coffee! Your golden cone sounds gorgeous — if you can, share photos when you’re done! Happy crafting. Sharon

  40. Angie Dyer says:

    What beautiful Christmas trees! I think the pearl headed pins really set off this item. Another thought that it would be pretty in all white or all blue, depending on your Christmas colors this year.

    For this holiday season, I am sewing holiday table runners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A dear friend made one for me and I am copying it. Adding my own decorative stitches, buttons, bells, or tassels really makes it mine. I have purchased the fabric and now need to get started. Thank you for asking!

    • Sharon says:

      Beautiful! If you made these trees in all white or all blue, you could display them all winter long, too. I love your ideas for embellish your table runners and styling them your way! Happy crafting. Sharon

  41. Deb Kaste says:

    Very cute trees and ornaments. What a great idea to use up all those scraps of paper I have tucked away.
    I am making snowman head ornaments with small styrofoam balls covered in paper lay and painted with snowtec. I am also making paper angels and pencil sets with a scrapbook covered pad of paper. Usually I have too many fires on the coals and try and accomplish too much but enjoy it too much not to do it. Christmas is my ultimate favorite holiday and I try and make a lot of little things for everyone I know and come across on a daily basis. It is just my way to let others know they are thought of and wished the best. Everyone needs to be given a ‘little love’ especially during the holidays!

    • Sharon says:

      What a sweet sentiment for the season! You’re like a secret Santa! I’m sure your handmade gifts really brighten the days for so many people. Craft on! Sharon

  42. Working on finishing up some unfinished projects that I know I can gift.

  43. Amy Pinion says:

    This Christmas, I am making a “New Home” ornament for my daughter and her husband since they bought their first home. I’m also making Christmon ornaments for the tree at my church, as well as crocheting garland for my tree. I’ve got plans for making my mother-in-law a lap blanket since she suffered a major stroke earlier this year, and crocheting pot holders and dish cloths for teachers. Also have to make “gingerbread” houses with the kids at our annual party. I love this time of year!!!

  44. I am crafting wreaths and stockings

  45. Brenda Ackerman says:

    After seeing this wonderful Topiary and the ones done in the folded over fashion of the paper, I know I will be creating a couple of these. Plus, I will be making some beaded fabric ornaments for the tree; while also making some Christmas place mats and napkins. I would just love to win your give away. Thank you for the opportunity. Have a fantastic creative day!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 I’m so glad you like this Topiary — isn’t it amazing what you can make with a few simple supplies? I love your list — it all sounds so pretty! Happy crafting, Brenda! Sharon

  46. kraftmaking says:

    We are making Christmas cards and flower cones this year.

  47. Robyn says:

    Cute trees, it amazes me all the different kinds of trees you can create from the Styrofoam cones, may have to try some myself. I am arm knitting a blanket and a few scarves for my Christmas projects, and usually make up a few sock snowmen to have on hand for people who stop by. Thanks for the give-away!

    • Sharon says:

      Arm knitting is so cool! I love that you make a few extra holiday gifts, too, “just in case.” Sound like you’re a fun house to stop by! And yes, the creativity is endless with STYROFOAM Brand Foam, which makes it so much fun and keeps it fresh! Thanks for sharing. Sharon

  48. I am making a victorian dollhouse for my granddaughter and lots and lots of mini albums, tie wreaths, crepe paper flower cakes and some home decor items for Christmas this year!! I have quite a few of these finished already but still have lots and lots on my plate!!
    Thinking I may have to add some of the paper loop cones and the pretty paper ornaments to the list if I can find the time!!!
    What are YOU making for Christmas Sharon?

    • Sharon says:

      What a list, and a lot of fun, Barb! Keep us posted on your craft adventures, and send photos, too! I don’t know yet what I’ll be making, other than cookies. I’m spending some time thinking about what we’ll feature here next year, so that may be what I’ll be crafting over the next few months! Craft on, Barb!

  49. Bethany says:

    I’m not sure; I’ll probably make some pretty cookies, though!

  50. Carol says:

    This Christmas I have made pillows,table runners,pot holders. I will be making paper trees, pine cone trees, and something for each student in the classroom. Everyone have a very Happy Christmas.

  51. Maria Shiyou says:

    I am making 3 different kinds of snowmen and have made a quilled ornament, too. Plan to make some ornaments from my K-cups, too. I’ve also made a decoupaged Christmas ball.

  52. Becca Christensen says:

    This year I am making needlepoint pillows, A huge pile of the button trees that you have just shown, A tie wreath and a variety of stocking suffers. Thanks for the amazing ideas. This is one of all time favorite sites.

  53. Lorrie Koenig says:

    I enjoyed seeing the creative paper ideas.
    So far for Christmas I have been making painted gingerbreads, light up Christmas scene centerpieces and wreaths. Such a fun, busy time of year.
    Thanks again for the chance at your fun giveaways too.
    Lorrie K.

  54. Anne Haun says:

    I am making a new Christmas tree skirt. I am also crocheting hats for the grandkids, making some new ornaments for the tree and making some new decor items for the fireplace.

  55. barbara Norton says:

    I am making my granddaughters each outfits for their dolls

  56. Beckie McGonagle says:

    I’m making ornaments to put my grandson’s first preschool pictures in!
    and of course handmade gift tags.

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