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November 12, 2007

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:


  • 1.
    Beth Deckard said…

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

  • 2.
    Donna said…

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

  • 3.
    melissa deakin said…

    love that project.
    that last photo melts my heart.

  • 4.
    ELLIE said…

    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

  • 5.
    Elizabeth B said…

    shame on you Ali, now you’re forcing me to break out my christmas stuff!
    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.

  • 6.
    dmatthews said…

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

  • 7.
    Molly said…

    Can’t help myself … cute as a button! That hand-holding is the best! – Molly

  • 8.
    Camille said…

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

  • 9.
    Bethany said…

    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!

  • 10.
    cathy said…

    oh so sweet! hand-in-hand sweetness.

  • 11.
    Jill said…

    Please tell Simon I absolutely love his button tree.

  • 12.
    amanda kay said…

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

  • 13.
    Paula said…

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

  • 14.
    karrie baker said…

    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! :)

  • 15.
    TeenSleuth said…

    Absolutely the best thing to do.

  • 16.
    jamie said…

    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

  • 17.
    Deirdre said…

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

  • 18.
    Jodie Winters said…

    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!

  • 19.
    Kara said…

    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!

  • 20.
    Kirsten said…

    Thank you.

  • 21.
    Barb Stewart said…

    Your trees are darling and the “napping” picture just tugs at the ‘ol heartstrings!!
    You’re a great mama!

  • 22.
    Teresa said…


  • 23.
    Tanya Webster said…

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

  • 24.
    Corey said…

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

  • 25.
    Suzie said…

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

  • 26.
    Heidi said…

    love the photo – thanks so much for sharing the moment with us :)
    P.S. Made one of the trees in red following Tia’s post with colored pinheads last year for my mom at Christmas and she loved it…maybe I should make one for myself?? :)

  • 27.
    Mandy said…

    Very cool. I can’t decide if I like the trees idea better or the nap idea better.

  • 28.
    Mandy said…

    Very cool. I can’t decide if I like the trees idea better or the nap idea better.

  • 29.
    Jane said…

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! I just noticed that the foof buttons are on sale 40% off at AC Moore this week and I have been seriously looking for projects to do with my son- talk about perfect timing!!

  • 30.
    Laura Reaux said…

    What a fun (and adorable) project! Thanks for sharing. And I love the precious captured moment of you two. :)

  • 31.
    Amy Hummel said…

    Cute project. Love the buttons. Love Tia Bennett.
    I made cone christmas trees for a church display table last weekend. They were just covered with patterned paper, and other scrapbooking tidbits… but fun nonetheless.
    I love the last picture.

  • 32.
    O said…

    Hi–I love the trees :) What a great idea – I’ll have to check out the link. Ali I have to tell you that photo of you & Simon holding hands and napping sure pulls at my <3strings! I remember my own son & me doing that same thing. Now he’s almost 16 and over 6′ tall and holding my hand is the last thing he wants to do. lol What a sweet sweet sweet moment captured of you & your little guy. awwwwwww :)

  • 33.
    Tiel said…

    this is great. thanks for sharing.

  • 34.

    i love the projects, but really that last picture is just too precious!

  • 35.
    leslie said…

    what a great idea. thanks for passing it along. tell simon i love his tree. simple is best.

  • 36.
    Susan Hessler said…

    What a lovely day! It makes me remember when I was little – my great grandmother had a huge tin full of buttons. She never wasted anything. And I remember sorting those buttons, and just being absorbed in the treasures.
    Thanks for sharing your life, and helping me find such a great memory. Peace.

  • 37.
    Nat Love said…

    ali thank you so much for all the christmas ideas you have been putting on your blogg. I am off to the craft store tomorrow to get some supplies. Love the photo of you and Simon, just beautiful.

  • 38.
    young said…

    That last photo is the greatest!

  • 39.
    Emine Pala said…

    aw you look so cute together…
    Love that project. I saw it already on 2peas and I loved it.
    I am curious what you are going to do with all these projects after christmas. I think they need to be displayed all YEAR LONG.

  • 40.
    Emine Pala said…

    aw ali,
    did you see this projects?
    I think they’re gorgeous too

  • 41.
    Paula said…

    I read your blog everyday. You are such an inspiration. I loved this post, specially the last photo. It’s so precious…
    Do you know where can I buy online those styrafoam cones? I need a shop that ships to Europe…Thanks

  • 42.
    Rachel Greig said…

    Such a gorgeous photo!!

  • 43.
    Paul-ene said…

    Super cute! Love the photo of your “Nap”……..what a great photo to share! Thanks!
    Love the trees too! Good way to use up buttons in a project.

  • 44.
    Daphne said…

    Might try this one!
    Again great results :-)

  • 45.
    Simone said…

    Great idea.

  • 46.
    suzanne said…

    COOL! I have three kids with special needs and I am ALWAYS looking for an interesting craft that all THREE kids can participate in. This will be PERFECT!! Thank you for sharing this.
    I now have a reason for those 4 million obsessively purchased buttons..YEAH!! :)

  • 47.
    Rianne said…

    They are awesome! Love the one from Simon, he did a great job!!! And a deserved nap I think!! ;-)

  • 48.

    precious photo! love it, of course!!! and your tree projects are awesome!!! TFS!

  • 49.
    Holly said…

    I am linked to your site and read your autism info periodically. I have a nephew with possible autism and we will know at the end of this month. I recently found out that I am pregnant. I am wondering if you could shed any light on anything I can do during this time to stay healthy, other than the obvious. Have you found any research at all that this is environmental such as lead-based or even things as silly as using deodorant with aluminum in it. If you have time, please get back with me. I appreciate it!

  • 50.
    Katie said…

    This is so sweet, Ali. I love that we get to peek into your life, and share in the anticipation of Christmas with you. (I’m trying to hold off until after Thanksgiving, except for doing a bit of early gift-shopping, but I may not make it!) Thank you so much.

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