This tutorial was inspired by my Button Bouquet Tutorial. Instead of flowers, we’re making a tree.
Tools and Materials:
- Buttons of your choice. I used 6 for my button tree, but you may want to use more or less. Also you can use shank buttons or 2 or 4 hole buttons. I’ll show you how to use either type.
- Craft wire. I used floral wire, but you can also use any craft wire. Floral wire is typically green, which is why I used it.
- Wire cutters
- Chain nose or flat nose pliers
Slide a button onto the floral wire.
Bend over the wire. This is different than the button bouquet. If you look at the finished project at the top, you’ll see that the buttons will be flat against the wire – there’s a definite front and back to this project.
Twist the wire.
Hint: I like to hold the wire with the pliers and use my other hand to twist with the button.
Step #4: Two-Hole and Four-Hole Buttons
This is exactly like steps #2 and #3, but with a two-hole button instead of a shank button. Just put the wire through the two holes.
Twist in the back.
Then bend the wire so the button is flat against the wire.
For a four-hole button, do exactly the same thing, just use two diagonal holes.
Make sure all of the buttons are flat against the wire, as seen in the photo. (They kind of look like lollipops.)
Make an arrangement of how you want your tree to look.
I cut about 5″ of the wire off now. I realized later they were still too long and cut off another few inches. You can decide as you go how long to make your tree. How tall you can make it also depends upon the stability of your base.
Twist the stems together in groups of two.
Then twist them all together at the bottom
Pull the buttons apart in whatever way you like.
(Note: This is where I cut off an extra few inches)
Since I’m using an old thread spool, I bent up the ends of the tree so that it’s more stable in the spool.
Push the end into the spool, or whatever you are using as a base.
Your button tree is complete, perfect for decoration or a gift!!
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- Wire Safety
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- Wire Gauge
- Where to get Wire (one of my most asked questions, answered!)
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- 3 Pro Tips
- Wire Wrapped Loop
- How to Make Bead Dangle
- How to Make Earring Wires
- How to Make Earrings
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