Tinsel Tuesday: DIY Button Christmas Tree Wall Art

I thought I’d wrap up this year’s Tinsel Tuesdays with a favorite craft idea – a button craft! I know you have a button stash . . . so bring out the button jar and DIY this Button Christmas Tree Wall Art. You can easily adapt this design to whatever is in your button jar, so make it a white or red Christmas tree, or even multi colored. (Designer Debi Schmitz also shared her Button Love Wall Art with us earlier this year.) I’ve listed a few more favorite, Christmas buttons crafts below, so here we go.

DIY Button Christmas Tree Wall Art

Button Christmas Tree Wall Art by Debi Schmitz.

To make the Button Christmas Tree Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Fabric, ½ yd.
  • Craft paper or other paper for pattern
  • U-pin
  • Buttons:
    • Green, 1/8” – ¾” dia., at least 6 oz.
    • Brown, ½” – ¾” dia., at least 15
    • Gold, ½” – ¾” dia., at least 34
  • Beads, 1 tube each:
    • Green glass beads, 5/0
    • Green seed beads, 6/0
    • Gold seed beads, 6/0
  • Sequin pins, 7/8”, two packs
  • Bead garland, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Optional: Decorative braid in green & white or other coordinating color, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; utility knife or serrated knife; sharp pencil; iron; disappearing marker
DIY Button Christmas Tree Wall Art

Get your button collection out of the jar and put it on display!

To make the Button Christmas Tree Wall Art:

1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure a score a line down the center of the foam sheet. Cut the foam sheet in half along this line, so you have two, 18” x 12” x 1” pieces.

2. If needed, iron the fabric. Cut 22” x 16” and 19” x 13” pieces from the fabric.

3. Center a foam rectangle on the reverse side of the 22” x 16” fabric piece. Wrap the fabric around the foam rectangle, just like wrapping a present. Be sure the fabric is smooth and taut in front, and carefully fold the fabric at the corners to keep fabric flat and square. Pin and glue the fabric to the back.

DIY Styrofoam wall art

Neatly fold the fabric at the corners, just like wrapping a present.

4. Center 19” x 13” fabric piece on the back, and glue edges all around. Let dry, and then trim away any excess fabric.

5. On the back, measure 1-1/2” down from the center of a 12” edge. This is where you’ll add a hanger. Dip ends of a U-pin in glue, and insert into the back. Let glue dry.

6. Cut out the top and bottom patterns, and tape the two pieces together. Center the pattern on the foam sheet and pin in place. It should be about 1/12” from the top and 1/12” from the edges. Lightly trace around the pattern with a disappearing marker. Remove the pattern.

DIY a Button Christmas Tree

Fill in the tree with a single layer of buttons first.

7. Thread a bead and then a button onto a sequin pin (the beads will help fill the holes in the buttons). Dip the point of the pin in glue and insert into the foam sheet. Repeat, filling in the tree with a single layer of buttons. Add a second layer of buttons where needed to fill in openings and add more dimension. Hint: If any of your buttons have shanks, cut the shanks from the back, and then glue the button to the tree.    

8. Pin on the tree trunk, threading a gold bead and then a brown button on each sequin pin.

9. Decorate the tree by pinning on gold beads and buttons. Spot glue the bead garland in a zigzag pattern across the tree.

10. Optional: Glue decorative braid all around the outside edge; if needed, pin in place while glue dries.

DIY Christmas Tree Wall Art with buttons! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ve already thought about how you would change this up, right?

If you’re looking for more ways to craft with buttons, check out Patty Schaffer’s beautiful Button Ornament. Watch the video and learn how to DIY five different ornaments!

DIY Button Ornament

Button Ornament by Patty Schaffer.

Rebekah Meier used a different technique to make her No-Pin Button Ornament.

DIY Button Ornament

No-Pin Button Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

You can add a dimensional Button Tree to your Christmas display, and the Creamy Christmas Button Topiary includes links for the red and blue Button Trees, too.

DIY Button Topiaries

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

This might be the last Tinsel Tuesday of this summer, but no worries – I have lots more Christmas crafts planned! I always love to hear about what you’re making right now, so I hope you’ll take a moment and share in the comments.

Happy crafting!


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16 Responses to Tinsel Tuesday: DIY Button Christmas Tree Wall Art

  1. Liz Turner says:

    I love your creations….I have been following your site for a long time because I never get tired of seeing what’s next….thanks Sharon for sharing….I’m an associate for Amazon now so if you need supplies check out my site…thanks, liz

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Liz. Debi Schmitz made this beautiful Button Tree, so all kudos go to her! I’m so fortunate that a lot of talented crafters share their designs on Crafts n Coffee! Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. CraftyB says:

    When I saw the words “button tree wall art,” I wasn’t sure what to expect and I love it. Buttons play the perfect double roll of providing the tree background and then becoming the sparkling ornaments. Thanks for this idea!!

  3. LisaM6 says:

    What great button crafts. How fun!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Lisa, so glad you stopped in today! I’m glad you like the buttons crafts, too. Are you crazy crafting for holiday craft sales? Craft on! Sharon

  4. The button 🎄 is delightful! I am going to see if I still have my button box! If so, I am going to have to add this to my to do list! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Finger crossed, Barb! You wouldn’t have gotten rid of your button collection, would you? Let us know if you find it! Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you’re feeling better. Sharon

  5. Beautiful Christmas tree and so creative! Crafts like this one encourage all of us to recycle and reuse our buttons. My Mom always had a button jar with strings of buttons she had cut off of old shirts or dressed. Those old shirts then became clean rags to be used in household cleaning. Happy crafting!

    • Sharon says:

      Button memories appear to be universal. We all have memories of saving buttons and button collections from our childhoods. I wonder why that is? Thanks for sharing your memories, Angie. Happy button crafting! Sharon

  6. Marjie Smith says:

    As I’m getting ready to flip the calendar….this craft is right on time!

  7. I LOVE this!!! Added to my to-do craft project list!

  8. annehaun says:

    Love the button trees.

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