Button Trees

I love buttons! I also save lots of things you might consider junk, which I re-use to make beautiful household items and jewelry, like my button and earring trees.



  • small planter or clay pots
  • Styrofoam cone
  • glue (I used E-6000)
  • gold spray paint
  • assorted buttons, earrings, beads, or jewelry findings
  • assorted ribbons and greenery
  • florist moss


  1. Begin by gluing 2 clay post together.
  2. Allow to dry.
  3. Spray paint gold, allow to dry.
  4. In the meantime, starting at the top of the Styrofoam cone, secure assorted flat backed buttons as close together as possible. Do not worry about spaces. You will add another layer of buttons (shank) to fill in any holes.
  5. Stop approximately 1-1.5 inches from bottom.
  6. Work in sections, allowing to dry thoroughly between sessions.
  7. Once the cone has been decorated to your satisfaction, place a layer of glue on the "inside" of the clay pot.
  8. Place a small amount of moss (allow to "hang out" slightly) and firmly push cone into the clay pot. Move moss around to cover any Styrofoam.
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  10. You can add additional buttons later to fill in any blank spaces.
  11. Allow glue to dry.
  12. You may now decorate the outside of the pot using wired ribbon and greenery.

I make several of these and display with my nativity set. They are beautiful and very unusual.

By Diana from Prospect, KY

September 17, 20080 found this helpful

I would like to make this craft! The button trees look very pretty.

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September 21, 20080 found this helpful

I think I am going to help my daughter make these for her music, art and tech teachers. Thanks for the tip!


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