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