Button Cone Trees Craft Project

What You’ll Need

  • Styrofoam cone (we used one each 12, 9 and 6 inches tall)
  • Buttons of a single color family
  • Tissue paper in a coordinating color
  • Pins with glass and/or pearl heads
  • Decorative floral pins (for tree topper)
  • 2-inch smooth foam ball (one for each tree)
  • Glitter
  • Foam brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Craft glue
  • Clear spray acrylic sealer

How many pins & buttons?

  • Small 6-inch cone: one box of 200 pins, approx. 200-300 buttons
  • Medium 9-inch cone: two boxes of 200 pins, approx. 500-600 buttons
  • Large 12-inch cone: three boxes of 200 pins, approx. 750-1000 buttons

How to create:

  1. Use foam brush to coat sides of cone with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Adhere tissue paper to cone, gently rubbing into Mod Podge layer. Don’t worry if tissue paper tears or doesn’t cover completely; just continue layering Mod Podge and tissue paper until cone is entirely covered. Let dry completely.
  2. Starting with your largest and most special buttons, begin randomly pinning buttons onto cone by sticking glass head pins through buttonholes.
  3. Continue pinning until entire cone is covered, filling in all gaps between buttons.
  4. Coat a foam ball with Mod Podge and roll ball in glitter to cover completely; set aside and let dry. Spray glittered ball with clear acrylic sealer to keep glitter in place and let dry completely.
  5. Glue glittered ball to top of button cone; let dry. Pin decorative floral pins into top.

Tips & Ideas

  • Pin randomly and rotate cone as you pin for even coverage.
  • Include several “special” buttons for added visual interest.
  • Pin a stack of two buttons together at once.
  • Vary pin sizes and colors.
  • Mix it up! Use two-hole, four-hole and shank buttons; add beads and pieces of costume jewelry.
  • Get creative with your tree topper! It can be anything: an ornament, mini tree topper, ribbon or even more buttons.

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