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Christmas Button Tree tutorial

Art, buttons, Holiday crafts  |  November 12th 2011  |  0 Comment

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Christmas Button Tree tutorial

Now we are ready to build the tree. I like to do this on the canvas.

  • Starting with the trunk of the tree place the brown buttons on top of the tree skirt
  • Working from the trunk and moving up, add the green buttons for the tree
  • Use the smaller buttons at the tips of the branches and larger buttons in the center of the tree for a more balanced look
  • Don’t be afraid to overlap and layer some buttons for added interest

When you are happy with the design you can start gluing each button onto the canvas.  Before I started, I cut off a few of the pom poms that were directly under the trunk buttons so the buttons would lie flat.

  • When gluing, start with the trunk and worked from the bottom to the top
  • Move buttons out of the way, as necessary, to ensure all pieces are glued to the canvas

Tip: You can pick up inexpensive tools at the craft store that can assist you in picking up beads, buttons, etc., like the pink tool shown in the picture, or a pair of tweezers. It is not necessary but can make the job a little easier with really small buttons.

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ADDING THE EXTRAS THAT WILL REALLY MAKE IT STAND OUT

After all the buttons are glued down, randomly glue beads in a variety of sizes and colors on the tree for ornaments.

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For the finishing touches add a tree topper and presents under the tree!  To make the tree topper I painted a wood star yellow. To make the presents:

  • Paint chipboard in a variety of colors with acrylic paint
  • After the paint dries, apply a glossy medium on top to make the packages shiny, if desired
  • Embellish the presents with twine, trim and buttons

This completes the Christmas tree. Set it aside and let the glue dry. Now, step back and take a moment to admire your beautiful framed art! Once it is dry, display in a prominent location in your home for all to enjoy!

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