Button Tree Tutorial

Button Tree tutorial

 

This post is inspired by my Button Bouquet Tutorial.  Instead of flowers, we’re making a tree.

Tools and Materials:

Button Tree Materials and Tools

 

  • Floral Wire, which you can find at any craft supply store.  (You could also use plain craft wire, as long as it’s sturdy enough to stay straight with a button on top.)  You’ll need 1 per button.
  • An assortment of buttons that go together.  I used a total of 6 for this project
  • An old thread spool or anything else you have around to use as a base.
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers (really any pliers will do for this project)

Step #1

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Slide a button onto the floral wire.

Step #2

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

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.

Step #3

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Twist the wire.

Hint:  I like to hold the wire with the pliers and use my other hand to twist with the button.

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Step #4:  Two-Hole and Four-Hole Buttons

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

 

Button Tree Tutorial Step

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 flatten the wire.

 

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

For a four-hole button, do exactly the same thing, just use two diagonal holes.

Step #5

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Make sure all of the buttons are flat against the wire, as seen in the photo.

Step #6

Button Tree Tutorial StepMake a loose arrangement of how you want your tree to look.

Step #7

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

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.

Step #8

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Button Tree Tutorial Step

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Twist the stems together in groups of two.

Then twist them all together at the bottom

Step #9

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Pull the buttons apart in whatever way you like.

Step #10

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

(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.

Step #11

Button Tree Tutorial Step

 

Push the end into the spool, or whatever you are using as a base.

Step #12

Button Tree Tutorial

 

Display your new button tree with pride!  Or give it as a gift!

Button Tree Tutorial

 

Enjoy!

Kim

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