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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  1. Brianna

    2007-11-13 13:09:04 -0500

    Those are cute. You should totally publish a holiday crafts book.

  2. Brittany

    2007-11-13 13:13:50 -0500

    The last photo is amazing. I also loved the buttons's been bookmarked for awhile now....

  3. Leigh C.

    2007-11-13 14:08:08 -0500

    You and Simon are creating such great memories together:-) My oldest son is 14 and my youngest is 5. You will soooo remember these special times when Simon is a teen and too busy for crafting:-)

  4. Goddess of Leonie

    2007-11-13 14:08:16 -0500

    that is the most beautiful thing... crafting with your boy... and then napping... LOVE the little cupped hands together...
    seasons blessings to you and your loved ones...

  5. Rachel

    2007-11-14 01:02:00 -0500

    So so funny! I have just been making trees like this and I had no idea they were on 2 peas!!! I have done some trees where I have covered them with bits of christmas paper which looks really cool. Thank you so much for all the lovely christmas inspiration!!! Love the album idea!
    makes me in the mood to do some more!

  6. Vicky Kelly

    2007-11-14 02:07:29 -0500

    What a fab cool idea! Have you done a ribbon tree, uses the similar cone, VERY cool!

  7. Beth

    2007-11-14 03:04:00 -0500

    Love the photo of you and Simon....I've been reading this daily for a few years now...can't believe how BIG he's getting!

  8. Pam

    2007-11-14 03:57:12 -0500

    Love this idea. And you know what would be fun? To spray paint the foam gold or silver when using clear buttons for some extra shimmer!

  9. ady abreu

    2007-11-14 04:17:07 -0500

    I love that picture... beautiful...

  10. ady abreu

    2007-11-14 04:17:18 -0500

    I love that picture... beautiful...

  11. gabbe

    2007-11-14 04:18:27 -0500

    love this idea & I love that Simon made his own too!
    Gonna do this one with my daughter too- so fun!
    We're having quite a week with you- our advent boxes are done, our decorations have started being put out, I'm making some of those word cards on my computer for packages/decorating, the Christmas albums are getting started this week too (I'm taking an online album class).
    All the projects are going together very quickly! I'm filled with such wonderful holiday spirit that isn't filled with all the craziness and shopping- just good quality time together. It's simply awesome!
    The photo of you & Simon is such a treasure- love it!
    today we're glittering pinecones for our Thanksgiving table 8)
    have a great day!

  12. Cara

    2007-11-14 04:52:59 -0500

    Did you already have all of those buttons or are those purchased from somewhere?
    Thanks for all the Xmas projects Ali!

  13. Making My Own Fun

    2007-11-14 06:05:01 -0500

    Oh, could that picture of you and Simon be any sweeter? I love that. And I love the trees. I need to go buy the materials and get to work!

  14. mary

    2007-11-14 06:30:30 -0500

    LOVE simon's tree! just the way HE likes it. good mom ali not to adjust anything

  15. The Writer Mama

    2007-11-14 07:28:04 -0500

    I just LOVE this photo of you two sleeping on the couch.
    So awesome...

  16. Lisa Jamerson

    2007-11-15 12:37:44 -0500

    What a sweet picture of you two napping. Those trees are splendid. TFS!

  17. Liz

    2007-11-16 03:03:30 -0500

    Such awesome ideas! Thanks! I, too, love that last photo - it's precious.

  18. Jane(photoscrapin)

    2007-11-16 06:32:04 -0500

    cool tree!!! thanks for sharing and love the pic of you and Simon!! So very sweet!!...My grandson loves my buttons just might have to try this...supervised he's only 3!!

  19. Elise

    2007-11-16 09:51:30 -0500

    My friend did these trees last year and they turned out darling. She used antique wooden thread spools as the "trunks" which was super darling.
    I just found your blog, and I'm enjoying it immensely. It's so good to refresh myself by reading someone who focuses on the details in life--and how the details impact people, environment, and more. Thank you.

  20. Lisa

    2007-11-17 05:03:06 -0500

    I love these photos. Especially the one of you and Simon sleeping together. That is my very favorite one. Hold on to that for EVER. My boys are 25 and 23 and I see that and I wish they were Simon's age again. So sweet. He is an adorable little man.

  21. Angela

    2007-11-17 09:33:28 -0500

    Thankyou Ali for the Button Tree link. Every Year I tell myself I am going to create something for Christmas and I usually get waylaid with life. Yesterday, my daughter and I sat and made two button trees. Rachel's was pink/purple/blue and mine green/red/gold. We painted the cones first, so that the gaps were a little more disguised.
    I make presents for others each year and totally enjoy it. This year I made myself one.
    Thanks Again

  22. Michelle Jacquemet

    2007-11-18 05:34:10 -0500

    How precious. What a wonderful moment to capture. Those trees are so cute too.

  23. Debbie

    2007-11-21 08:08:54 -0500

    I just wanted you to know that my 3 kids and I just made these trees and LOVED making them. Thank you so much for the idea! My daughter who is home for Thanksgiving from her freshman year in college made a darling one as did my 15 year old and 12 year old!
    My sister and her girls are making them too! She lives 2 hours from me and so we talked about where to buy the stuff over the phone.
    You have made 2 families here very happy crafting together!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Tiel

    2007-11-22 18:27:45 -0500

    that was one big scroll down to find the comments box. I love this. started today with my children. thanks for sharing. And thanks for jogging my memory too. I realised the other day, that is was your blog site that got me into the wonderful world of blogging.

  25. Annie

    2008-11-24 14:42:35 -0500

    He's cuter than a button and the trees are nearly as cute as him (and that's really cute!)

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