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Christmas Project #5 : Button Trees (in progress)

This fantastic idea comes from the very talented Tia Bennett. She created one for Two Peas - I simply printed out the photo + instructions and went to work. Click her name to get to the sample + how to.

One of the coolest things about this project is that Simon was interested in playing along. One of the first things we did was sort buttons. I had been storing them all together in a big jar and found it easier to work with for this project once they were sorted by color.

After awhile they looked like this:

Simon worked and worked (such a good motor skills exercise) and declared his tree finished. Love it:

I went with red, brown, cream, and a bit of green. Mine is still in progress (and I started a second one with clear buttons):

And the best thing to do after a big craft project:

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111 thoughts

  1. Beth Deckard says…
    11/12/2007

    What a wonderful day you had!
    I think I just might need to buy some buttons! Thanks for all the inspiration Ms. Ali. Peace.

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  2. Donna says…
    11/12/2007

    Okay....Love, love, love the picture of you and Simon! So very precious.
    Thanks for tree idea! Looks very fun and festive.

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  3. melissa deakin says…
    11/12/2007

    gorgeous.
    love that project.
    that last photo melts my heart.

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  4. ELLIE says…
    11/12/2007

    this is a great quick decorating project....I so love Simon's tree....tell him it really shows true christmas....
    The pic of the two of you is absolutely precious....it speaks volumes!
    Thanks for sharing it all
    Ellie

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  5. Elizabeth B says…
    11/12/2007

    shame on you Ali, now you're forcing me to break out my christmas stuff!
    lol
    you've been inspiring me the past few days with all of your christmas posting, thank you :)
    this will help me get a head start for sure.
    ~elizabeth

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  6. dmatthews says…
    11/12/2007

    Ali,
    The picture of you and Simon is so PRECIOUS! I love, love, love it!

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  7. Molly says…
    11/12/2007

    Can't help myself ... cute as a button! That hand-holding is the best! - Molly

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  8. Camille says…
    11/12/2007

    I too noticed the hands first. All snuggled together, how sweet!
    Of course lovin' the button trees too~
    C.

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  9. Bethany says…
    11/12/2007

    That photo of you two is PRICELESS!
    Thanks for sharing all the great Christmas ideas. Love the button tree, and I'm adapting the paper mache box idea to create a display of shadow boxes/shelves in my dining room. Now, if only I got to the execution part!

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  10. cathy says…
    11/12/2007

    oh so sweet! hand-in-hand sweetness.

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  11. Jill says…
    11/12/2007

    Please tell Simon I absolutely love his button tree.

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  12. amanda kay says…
    11/12/2007

    that picture of you and simon is just adorable. love those trees too. simon did an excellent job on his.

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  13. Paula says…
    11/12/2007

    awe...you & simon look so sweet after your tedious project! Thanks for sharing an oldie but a goodie project!
    Paula

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  14. karrie baker says…
    11/12/2007

    I love that you share your life with me Ali, thank you so much!! Your relationship with Simon warms my heart. Wonderful pics and I absolutely love the project!
    Thank you again! :)

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  15. TeenSleuth says…
    11/12/2007

    Absolutely the best thing to do.

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  16. jamie says…
    11/12/2007

    the last photo is priceless....love the hand in hand link....such a precious bond it is, between mama and babe....thanks for sharing...j

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  17. Deirdre says…
    11/12/2007

    That is the sweetest photo ever. You are one lucky mama and wife!

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  18. Jodie Winters says…
    11/12/2007

    What a gorgeous photo Ali-and I bet those opportunities are rare-I know they are in my home! How do you find the time for all your travelling, projects, housework! Like most of us I guess we just manage and make the time. And all our comments on starting Christmas early- I realised today-it's not that early-just six weeks to go!

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  19. Kara says…
    11/12/2007

    This is a genius idea! And, I just happen to have this giant jar of buttons from my Grandma ... some of them just aren't quite right for clothing or sewing or scrapbooking projects (or they are only singles, not sets or pairs) but I think it would be wonderful to use them in a project like this! Sentimental & adorable at the same time :-)
    Best Wishes!

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  20. Kirsten says…
    11/12/2007

    Thank you.

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  21. Barb Stewart says…
    11/12/2007

    Your trees are darling and the "napping" picture just tugs at the 'ol heartstrings!!
    You're a great mama!

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  22. Teresa says…
    11/12/2007

    Beautiful!!!

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  23. Tanya Webster says…
    11/12/2007

    the hands *sigh*....are the very very best. :)

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  24. Corey says…
    11/12/2007

    oh my, that is the sweetest picture! So cute. Simon's tree is awesome. I SO need to make one of these :)

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  25. Suzie says…
    11/12/2007

    Now you are seriously close to convincing me about this earlier Christmas thing.
    Such a sweet post... :]

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