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)
- 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:
- 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.
- Starting with your largest and most special buttons, begin randomly pinning buttons onto cone by sticking glass head pins through buttonholes.
- Continue pinning until entire cone is covered, filling in all gaps between buttons.
- 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.
- 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.