Button Christmas Ornaments

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Introduction: Button Christmas Ornaments

About: My husband calls me a Maker. My colleagues and students call me a great Creator from the kitchen. My family calls me Handy. My friends call me a great Innovator using upcyled materials. I call myself Lesa, I e…

I love to collect all kinds of buttons - old, new, vintage, wooden, shinny, dull, large and small.
It brings me great joy when I am able to use my buttons in a creative way. I started to make these ornaments several years ago for my friends. They seemed to enjoy the creative touch.

These ornaments are very simple to make and look great either attached to a gift or hanging from a gift bag.

Supplies

- The button colors that you need will depend on which decoration you are making.

- For the Santa you will need Red, White, Black, Pink, Cream or Yellow buttons of different sizes.

- For the Snowman you will need White and Black buttons of different sizes.

- Thin Pipe cleaners

- Scissors

- Ruler

- Orange Felt

- White Felt

- Toothpick

- Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Before You Begin

A note about buttons:

- You will be using flat buttons with either 2 or 4 holes in the middle.

- Don’t be afraid to mix and match all kinds of buttons when doing this craft.

- This will be most noticeable when you use the white buttons. New ones are super white but, as the buttons age they turn greyish. The white buttons can also be clear. I like to use the clear ones, it is like the snowman is melting.

- Most pipe cleaners are very fuzzy. Theses work but the thin ones work best.

Step 2: Button Santa

This is a cute little Santa Without Arms. Once you find all the right sizes of buttons that you like, it is easy to put it together.

1. Lay out all the buttons that you will be using in a straight line starting from the bottom on the right side.

2. The sizes don’t matter too much as long as they all work together. If they don’t seem to go well together once you have strung it onto the pipe cleaner, simple take it off, replace it or try moving it around in the sequence. I did this for my second Santa.

3. Get your thin pipe cleaner - either red or black, bend it in half and ensure you leave 1 inch at the top so you can twist it into a loop.

4. You will be starting from the top down. Start with a small white button and place it onto the first leg of the pipe cleaner; then the second. Now push the button all the way to the top loop.

5. Continue placing all the buttons onto the pipe cleaner in order.

6. If you get to a button that has 4 holes in the middle, place the legs of the pipe cleaners in the diagonal holes.

7. Continue placing buttons until you finish.

8. When you are done, twist the pipe cleaners together.

9. With the scissors snip off the excess.

10. Now you can move onto the finishing touches.

Step 3: Button Santa With Arms

This is a cute little Santa With Arms. Once you find all the right sizes of buttons that you like, it is easy to put it together.

1. Lay out all the buttons that you will be using in a straight line starting from the bottom on the right side.

2. The sizes don’t matter too much as long as they all work together. If they don’t seem to go well together once you have strung it onto the pipe cleaner, simple take it off, replace it or try moving it around in the sequence.

3. Get your thin pipe cleaner - either red or black, bend it in half and ensure you leave 1inch at the top so you can twist it into a loop.

4. You will be starting from the top down. Start with a small white button and place it onto the first leg of the pipe cleaner; then the second. Now push the button all the way to the top loop.

5. If you get to a button that has 4 holes in the middle, place the legs of the pipe cleaners in the diagonal holes.

6. Continue placing buttons for the face and head.

7. Then you can add the arms of the Santa.

8. Measure a thin pipe cleaner about 3 inches long and twist it around the body of your Santa.

9.Take a small button for the hand and place it on the end of the arm.

10. Hook the pipe cleaner around and push it threw the second hole to secure it.

11. Continue adding buttons to finish the body of the Santa.

12. When you are done, twist the pipe cleaners together.

13. With the scissors snip off the excess.

14. Now you can move onto the finishing touches.

Step 4: Button Snowman

This is a cute little Snowman. Once you find all the right sizes of buttons that you like, it is easy to put it together.

1. Lay out all the buttons that you will be using in a straight line starting from the bottom on the right side.

2. The sizes don’t matter too much as long as they all work together. If they don’t seem to go well together once you have strung it onto the pipe cleaner, simple take it off, replace it or try moving it around in the sequence.

3. Get your thin black pipe cleaner, bend it in half and ensure you leave 1inch at the top so you can twist it into a loop.

4. You will be starting from the top down. Start with a small black button and place it onto the first leg of the pipe cleaner; then the second. Now push the button all the way to the top loop.

5. If you get to a button that has 4 holes in the middle, place the legs of the pipe cleaners in the diagonal holes.

6. Continue placing buttons until you finish.

7. When you are done, twist the pipe cleaners together.

8. With the scissors snip off the excess.

9. Now you can move onto the finishing touches.

Step 5: Adding the Finishing Touches.

- You will need a Hot Glue Gun for this step and a toothpick.

- You will need to use your scissors.

- You will need small pieces of white and orange felt.

Step 6: To the Santa....

1. Cut a small piece of white felt in the shape of a beard.

2. Using hot glue and a tooth pick, carefully place a small drop of glue onto the tooth pick then place the glue between the two buttons that you have laid out as your face.

3. Quickly place your felt beard piece in between the buttons using a tooth pick to shove it into place.

Step 7: To the Snowman...

1. Cut a small piece of orange felt in the shape of a carrot.

2. Using hot glue and a tooth pick, carefully place a small drop of glue onto the tooth pick then place the glue between the two buttons that you have laid out as your face.

3. Quickly place your felt carrot piece in between the buttons using a tooth pick to shove it into place.

4. Your Cute snowman is now done!

Step 8: Gift Toppers

These little button ornaments look great added to a wrapped gift of hanging from a gift bag.

Anyone who receives one of these little treasures will feel very special!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Those are so cute and such a great kids craft :)