How to Make a DIY Button Tree! 

March 6, 2016

Hi bloggers and readers! I have a DIY on how to make a button tree. I found this idea on Pinterest and decided to try it out.

Gather your materials. You’ll need:

– About one small honey jar’s worth of colorful buttons

– About 20 green buttons for the grass

– A canvas of any size bigger than 16 x 20 in.

– A small brown paint

– Black or white paint (small)

– Depending on what landscape, use any acrylic colors for the backround

– Different types of green paint for the grass

– A fan brush and a regular small brush

– A small jar with about 1/3 filed with water (but you don’t need a lot of water though!!)

– A pencil

– Brown or leopard-print brown ribbon (optional)

– Elmer’s liquid glue

– Scissors (optional)

1: Place the board portrait-style. Use your pencil and lightly draw a sketch of your tree. Start off with big branches towards the middle of the tree and gradually make smaller branches off of the bigger ones.


 Place your buttons where you want at the end of (or on the sides) of your branches.  Make sure to put a variety of colors on each of the branches.

 Don’t worry if you draw too hard on the canvas; you’ll use brown paint to cover it up later!

2: This step is optional. I decided to be more creative and glue small pieces of ribbon on the tree!! To do this, take your scissors  and cut varying pieces of the ribbons (about 1-3 inches) and glue a couple on the base of the tree

 Use the Elemer’s glue to glue them.  Let dry for about 20 min. Although the next step doesn’t have anything to do with that.

3: Use a wooden (or plastic) board as an area to place medium-sized dots of your different shades of green. Mix some of them with your small brush and use your fan brush to paint your green paint right under your tree trunk. Make sure that the different colors are showing so that there is a variety of colors After the paint dries, glue your green buttons to the grass, making sure that they are evenly-spaced out.



4: Depending on what backround you have, the colors vary. I decided to go simple and paint a daytime backround. I used different shades of blue, and one shade of magenta. When painting a landscape, make sure to not define the “levels” too much or it won’t look real. So, first start out with your small brush and paint on the floor level. As you go up with the colors, blend the colors together and paint some other colors on different levels. When painting in bigger areas, you can use your fan brush. For example, these can be the 4 levels (the less levels, the simpler) can be turquoise, sky blue, magenta, and purple. Try to do a little bit of the sky blue in the turquoise level (if using those colors) and etc. Let dry for about 40 minutes.


5: Use the brown paint to start painting the tree. Use either your black or white paint to mix in with the brown paint. This will make the tree look more interesting, using more than one color. After it drys (about 40 minutes) take the buttons you replaced on the ends of the branches, and glue them.



6: Let the glue on the buttons dry and you  tree will be done! This project took me two days (and that was on a break) and it was an excellent turnout. 


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