Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Button Christmas Tree Tutorial...

                       
I've been making trees to go with my decorations this year...I got this idea from a magazine that I thumbed through a while back at the library....what could be cuter than a button tree!

Because I've collected buttons for a very long time...I have quite a stash...so I grabbed my jar full of green and poured them out on the table.
I used pearlized head long sewing pins...I had about 200 pins already.... but I had to run to JoAnns mid project to get 200 more!

I also already had a 12" styrofoam cone on hand...but it was white so I quickly painted it green.
I used a blow dryer for quick drying of the paint!...(i'm impatient that way)


I simply placed a button on the bottom and held it in place with a pin....easy peasy!

I placed my larger buttons around the tree first to spread them out ...
I continued to make rows...

...until complete!

I place a large button on the very top of the tree where it's flat. I can stick up the pins a little to tie a bow on at the top or to glue on a star.
I love how it turned out!....and I like how all of the colored pinheads look like ornaments on the tree...don't you?


Another tree I made is with scrapbooking paper and a paper cone.
I got this idea from my local craft store Roberts....they had one sort of like it on display.
I bought the 12" cone at Michaels.
I used 2 sheets of 12 x 12 green glittered paper and cut it into 1 1/2 inch strips....I then used a scallop edge punch by Stampin Up for all of the edges of the paper strips.
I cut the edged strips 3 scallops wide and curled the edges up with my fingers so that they would not lay flat against the cone...

...put some glue gun glue across the top of paper segment and began glueing them into rows starting at the bottom.

I overlapped each paper a little for good coverage and nice dimension.

I continued around the tree...
...nearing the top now...

At the very top row, I trimmed my paper only one scallop wide so that it fit nicely....
I will show you how they look together in my family room alongside my painted houses in my next post.
I hope you try these fun and easy tree projects....I still have a few more different tree crafts to do and I will show you when they are complete...
until then....happy decorating and Christmas crafting my bloggy friends!
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24 comments:

Rae Ann said...

My friend... you are one tall dawg! I never cease being amazed at what you will come up with next. You are always sharing with us or teaching us the cutest things EVER! I am so blessed to have you as my friend... now... where is my tree?
He He HE!!! ;)

Carol said...

Cute, cute trees!

Judy said...

That is totally cute Lori!

notes of sincerity said...

Good Morning. :o)
Your tree is simply adorable!!
All the green buttons and pearl pins are so charming. :o) And I just adore your scallop edged tree! So cute! :o)
I hope you are having a nice day and staying warm. :o)
Sincerely - Trish

Linda said...

The trees are too cute.. Thanks

Karen said...

Wonder what it would cost to go out and purchase enough buttons to make a tree like this. Cute, cute.

Thimbleanna said...

Those are too cute! I LOVE the button tree!

Diva Kreszl said...

wow, these trees are just amazing, thanks for sharing these crafty ideas with us!

Jan M said...

I am loving the button tree, and would never want to put it away after Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing!

Darlene said...

Very cute trees!

Needled Mom said...

Both are darling.

JayTee said...

I love the button tree...what a cool idea!!

a little bit biased said...

So cute Lori. I love the colored pin heads on the button tree. It really gives it another demension!

Into Vintage said...

Your button tree reminds me of those made (way) back in the day using sequins -- love the texture and color of the buttons. :-)

snippetsandyarns said...

Those would be so perfect for office trees! Especially the scrapbook paper version, although the button one is even cuter, I think. I love both of these ideas!

~ Meagan

Madame Samm said...

Oh My, OH Gosh, Oh Gee, she made a TREE lol...

Funoldhag said...

I want to come to your house and make fun things with you! Good stuff, Lori - very cute projects.
Carol

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

Adorable Trees! And cute nails too, btw. ;o)

PrettyPinkPins said...

Good Golly Lori .. you are so talented! What an adorable idea. I think I'll have to start watching closely for pink buttons and make one for my kitchen for next year! Thanks for sharing you cleverness!

Carrie P. said...

those are fantastic!!

Nedra said...

What great Christmas trees!! I'm sure your house is full of so many wonderful and creative holiday things!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm in love with that button tree! blessings, marlene

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

More and more cuteness Lori!! Thanks for sharing.

Jane's Designs said...

Just found your blog and I LoVe your button tree. And I enjoyed the music too. Great blog thank you for sharing your talents.

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