Posted by homeschoolmentormom on December 23, 2011
This is a great “mommy craft” or craft for older kids. I saw the idea on Better Homes and Garden’s site. Warning: Making these trees is addictive, but this isn’t a cheap craft. I think we spent close to $12 a tree.
You will need:
Lots of buttons (a couple of hundred)
Pearlized, long pins (in the BHG picture they used only white; we used colored; again, a couple of hundred.)
A small star, or cotton fabric scraps to make a small bow
Here’s what we did: Starting at the bottom and with the largest buttons, we attached the buttons with the pins going around the tree. At the bottom you have to be careful to pin them straight in so that you don’t have sharp pins sticking out; when you get to the top, you have to point the pins down for the same reason.
After the first row is complete, start the next row, overlapping the buttons. When all the rows are done, use tiny buttons to cover up any blank spots. Finally, we pinned fabric bows on the top.
I was surprised how much the boys enjoyed this. Josh liked it so much that he made two!
Didn’t they turn out great?! They make nice presents, too. Josh was very proud to give one of his trees to his piano teacher.
NOTE: BHG mentions the option of dipping each pin in glue before poking them in. That might be a good idea if your tree is going to be handled a lot. If you use glue, I’d recommend Styrofoam glue.
Obviously this is a craft for older children who are responsible and careful with small, sharp objects. Additionally, I’d recommend keeping the finished trees out of the reach of young children, glue or no glue.
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