Beautiful Button Christmas Tree

Many thanks to my sister Amanda, who helped Emmy and I create this beautiful Christmas decoration that I have been wanting to make for years!

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The list of materials is a small one: a small canvas, pencil and ruler, buttons and glue.  My sister, whose attention to details greatly supersedes my own, used a ruler to measure that the point of the tree was centered, and that the sides were straight.  Lightly trace a triangle on your canvas, leaving room for your stump of four brown buttons.

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After a little thought, I simply smeared Elmer’s Glue all over the “tree” and let Em place the many varieties and sizes of green buttons all over the triangle, leaving as little spaces between the buttons as possible.

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Then we filled in the gaps with very teeny button ornaments (Em’s favorites) and layered other colored buttons on top for ornaments.  I love the three dimensional look!

Button Christmas Tree @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Lastly, we used a star button for the top.  After erasing any leftover pencil lines, we have a beautiful Christmas decoration that will be displayed for years to come!  We love our button Christmas tree!

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Autumn Button Branch

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Autumn Button Branch @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Autumn Button Branch @ Rub Some Dirt On It

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Easy Christmas Tree Ornament

Hanging out with the girls one morning before school, and things inevitably got a little whiny.  Little H had a cold and Em wanted more attention.  But with a few magic words (“Do you want to do a craft?”), she was back on track and even grumpy Little H couldn’t resist the allure of being allowed to play with a bowl full of colorful buttons.  So we made a very simple (and really pretty!) Christmas Tree ornament, with very little materials required!  I made a couple changes from where I originally found it, but this is what worked best for us.

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Em wanted to make hers in a rainbow pattern, and Little H was happy just to be allowed near the glue.

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament @ Rub Some Dirt On It

I snapped a plain stick in half, let the girls color them brown for a trunk, then added a paper star and ribbon on top.

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Then I did it all over again with Jax when he got home from school.  Now I have three beautiful  Christmas tree ornaments to decorate my home, year after year!

Easy Christmas Tree Ornament @ Rub Some Dirt On It

I’m going to keep them forever!

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Button & Pipe Cleaner Caterpillars

This was one of those activities for when Em chooses the absolutely worst moment–when I’m changing a poopy diaper, in the midst of a mountain of laundry, trying to work some culinary magic out of leftovers–to ask me to do a craft.  I always feel badly when I tell her I’m too busy, especially since she’s four and with very little preparation can do the rest herself.  So I set her down a bowl of buttons and a pipe cleaner and asked her to string them.  I turned one end up at a right angle so she wouldn’t keep pushing them all the way off.

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If I had been helping her with this, I would have discussed things like color, size, and pattern with her.  That wasn’t in the cards for this day, so the only adjustment I made was asking her to put a larger button on the end for a face.

So before you get to your very last button, cut a small piece of pipe cleaner off and twist it into a V shape for antennae.

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When you add the final button, loop the pipe cleaner back through for a nose, if you will.

Button Caterpillar @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Then add some googly eyes and you have a pocket-sized pet!

Button Caterpillar @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Button Caterpillar @ Rub Some Dirt On It

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Button Fun

The things we do to keep our kids occupied while on husband-imposed bedrest.  I know, bedrest sounds awesome after lugging two kids and a fetus around all day to the grocery store, gymnastics, the doctor’s office…the list goes on and on.

Everybody’s happy!

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Paper Plate Snowman

Found this on…wait for it…Pinterest, but the kids and I simplified it and made it our own.  Rather than write the letters of the kids’ names on individual plates (my kids have long names), we took a festive holiday saying and applied it instead.  Let It Snow seemed like a good fit.

The kids were impressed and our home is more festive and cheerful now that we have this jolly, happy soul adorning our kitchen!

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Autumn Button Branch

It’s official!  The first fall craft of the year!

What is it with kids and buttons?  Maybe it’s because they look like candy, but luckily my kids know they can’t eat them.  There’s something about seeing that glossy rainbow spread across the table that is just so tantalizing–kids just have to sort and touch and admire.  I do, too, actually.  I won’t pretend I don’t love a good button sort.

So I gave the kids all our buttons and asked them to pull out the fall colors (plus green).  Then we headed outside, grabbed a small, relatively flat twigs, and glued each to a piece of cardstock with Tacky Glue.  I put a few very heavy books on top while they dried.

Then I added a ton of Elmer’s glue and the kids glued the button “leaves” to the branches of our fall tree.  They loved it.

I will admit that I had to help more than I usually care to–it took a lot of buttons and my presence helped keep them on task.  Also, I found that I had to keep adding more glue to give the branches more shape (so that they didn’t just trace an outline of buttons around each branch).  Oh, and don’t forget button color hoarding.  Have to be on the lookout for that.

In the end, they look beautiful and the kids went to see them first thing this morning!  That plus a touch of a chill in the air and apple picking this weekend makes it really feel like fall!  We’re happy to celebrate the occasion!

Happy Fall everyone!

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