Weekend DIY: Button Christmas Tree

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Finished Project

Use an old yellow button as the treetop’s star. (Source: Cut out and Keep)

It’s time to clean out the bottom of that old sewing box. This year we’ve run across some great ways to repurpose those old buttons. At the top of our list? A button Christmas tree that can be used as a centerpiece or unique gift.

This holiday craft is easy to make and inexpensive as well. Even the older kids can get in on the action and create a one-of-a-kind tree for their rooms.

The instructions are simple. Use a styrofoam cone (which you can find at most any craft store), straight pins (preferably ball-headed ones) and vintage buttons. Just use the pins to hold the buttons in place. You can also use trinkets, vintage jewelry and ribbons as embellishments.

The total cost is just $3 to $10, depending on the size cone you want to use. Quite inexpensive for a piece of decor that will last for years to come.

There are plenty of examples and tips for this craft across the web, including Cut out and Keep and Cup of Delight (two of our faves).

Image of a Button Tree

This tree uses the heads of pins as the ornaments. (Source: Cup of Delight)


Plan on making a button tree this year? We’d love to see your finished project!



Last updated: Dec 14, 2012
Filed under: DIY & Upcycling Tagged with: crafts, DIY