If there’s one thing we have a lot of in our crafting stash, it’s buttons. I can never resist a colorful collection of buttons at the store and am one of those people who believes you never know when you’ll need a button. Does your play dough monster need a tongue? Pink button to the rescue. Does your play kitchen need imaginary cookies? Buttons! Want to practice color sorting or counting? Buttons! And then of course there are traditional uses for them, like buttons on a cozy winter cowl.
But last week we used buttons for something altogether new: we made a button tree.
To start, we got out one of our canvases (these are great for painting projects) and I made a simple “tree trunk” with brown Crayola washable paint. Then the munchkin painted one of his hands with the same paint and we pressed it onto the canvas, right above the top of the trunk. We did this twice, making sure his fingers were pressed firmly into the canvas. The finger impressions became the branches of the tree and – first part of this project complete – we took a snack break.
Within about 20 minutes the tree was dry enough for us to begin the next stage: adding the buttons! I poured a bunch of buttons onto a paper plate, then gave the munchkin clear glue and showed him how we were going to make leaves with the buttons. He started off by turning over each button and carefully putting glue on it before attaching it to the canvas. (Great fine motor practice.)
But pretty soon he decided pouring the glue directly onto the canvas and then putting buttons on top was more fun. If I’d had some green glitter around we would have sprinkled it over all the errant bits of glue at the end of this project. There were quite a few swirly glue blobs on the canvas when the munchkin was done.
And that’s pretty much it! Super easy right? Maybe I’m biased but I think the end results are lovely enough for gift-giving or simply decorating around the home, which is always an added bonus. :)
You could make other pretty projects using the same concept too. For instance, just this morning I saw a lovely button flower vase on Pinterest. And for older kids check out this tree that is made entirely of buttons! Love it.
What do you like to do with buttons?