I *love* Christmas tree decorations. It’s my goal to have enough little Christmas trees this year to fill up my entire mantel with them. I’m off to a good start – I have these cute m&m Christmas trees already, and with the craft I’m about to share with you here, my collection is only getting cuter!
If you’re looking for simple crafts for kids to do this Christmas, I can promise you this Button Christmas Tree should be at the top of your list!
I loved the idea of making a tree out of buttons and putting it on a wooden plaque as a nod to actual Christmas trees. If you child is old enough to handle buttons without eating them (ha), they’re old enough to help with this craft.
Here’s what you need to make it:
- Wooden plaque (I bought this one at Michaels – with a 50% off coupon, I think it was about $5 – you could also get one here)
- Green buttons (the ones I bought also came with a ton of little beads, which I used to fill in some of the blanks…but you will be fine without)
- Optional: Brown buttons for the trunk (I didn’t want to buy any more buttons so I just kept the trunk green, but if you want a brown trunk, you’ll need brown buttons – or you could use some brown scrapbook paper or some other texture)
- Sequins for the star and ornaments; but again, you could make these out of scrapbook paper or leave them off completely)
- Mod Podge (or some other kid-friendly craft glue that actually works but won’t result in burns or fingers stuck together)
- Paint brush or sponge
Get a generous amount of Mod Podge on your paintbrush and paint a Christmas tree.
Let the child fill in the Mod Podge tree with buttons (I moved some around, but mostly let Claire do this on her own). I did instruct her to make sure the buttons were touching and flat side-down. I would occasionally add a little glue as needed, too.
Once the tree was all filled in with buttons, I sprinkled little green beads all over the top to fill in the blank spaces. This was definitely not necessary, but I did love how it kind of filled it all in!
I think you’ll like this craft – it’s really easy and turns out great. And the kids love it, too.
Be sure to check out my other button crafts here:
Here are some more Christmas tree crafts you might like!