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Button Christmas Ornaments – Easy and Fun

Do you have an old tin of grandma’s buttons?  Even though I didn’t use grandma’s buttons for this project, I could still feel her in my heart as I picked through and created these cute Button Christmas Ornaments.

Pink tree and two green button Christmas ornaments with opposite color ribbon.

I remember playing with Grandma’s buttons as a kid, sorting them into the various shapes, sizes, and colors. Some were metallic but mostly they were brown, black, blue, and white.

I still love digging through those buttons and how close they make me feel, still, to a very sweet woman who I loved very much. 

I can’t wait to show you how easy and fun these are to make.  But first I’d like to thank Remodelaholic for inviting me, once again, to participate in her Creative Christmas Challenge.  Last year I joined and made this Christmas Pompom Pillow.

You can see all 22 beautiful projects from this year linked at the bottom.

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I’ve been very busy this year creating fun new Christmas projects and I’m really having fun playing with glitter when I made a new wreath of sorts.

Supplies to make Button Christmas Ornaments

Pick your Button Ornament Color Scheme

I sorted through grandma’s buttons but as I mentioned the colors were mostly dark so I decided instead to use some buttons that I’d picked up a while back.  I had a few colors to choose from but decided on Pink Buttons and Green Buttons for my button ornaments.

Green buttons on table preparing to make button ornaments.

Step 1: Find a pleasing pattern

Originally I tried alternating the colors but it wasn’t a WOW, so I decided to keep them separate.

  • Started stacking the buttons by descending size
  • Mix up the shades within that color for each layer.
  • I thought some Grandma’s dark buttons were going to come in handy as the “trunk” of the tree but I changed my mind.
Stacked green buttons making a button tree.

Get creative and play around until you have the perfect little button Christmas ornaments for your tree.  That’s all I did when I made some very cute and easy Button Magnets.

Stacked green buttons on table making for Christmas ornaments.

Step 2: Putting the Button Tree Together

When you’re happy with your “tree” it’s time to turn it into a hanging ornament.

  • Thread at least 18″ of embroidery floss onto a long craft needle that will fit through all the holes of the buttons. This is where the lighted needle threader comes in so so handy. 
  • Start at the top and wiggle the needle down through the stack of buttons until you get to the bottom.
  • Pick them up and slide on the smaller buttons for the trunk.
Needle threaded through stacked green buttons for button christmas trees.
  • Now it’s time to go the other direction.
Needle threaded through stack of green buttons.
  • As you’re threading the needle back up through to the top make sure you’re threading in the hole opposite of the first one.  Otherwise your buttons in your little tree will be wonky.
Returning needle through other side of stacked green buttons for ornaments.

Initially I used red embroidery floss with green buttons but didn’t like it and switched it out as you can see in the final pictures.

Don’t be afraid to take them apart and start over if you’re not happy.  This craft goes pretty quickly so I started over a few times until I was happy with the end result.

Finishing Touches and a Button Tree Topper

When you have your button ornament how you like it tie off the top.

  • Leave at least 8″ of thread above the button tree.
  • Tie a tight double knot.
  • Thread on a fancy button as a tree topper and tie again.
Tie at top of stacked green buttons into a Christmas tree.

I really wanted to use some cute little flower buttons on the top of mine but I couldn’t get it to sit the way I wanted so I went another route.

Tying a clear button to top of button Christmas tree ornaments.

Instead of Grandma’s brown buttons for the trunk I used the same color as the tree ornament.  For the topper I went with some of Grandma’s white buttons stacked sort of like a little star.

Green button Christmas tree ornament with pink floss string.

As I mentioned above I didn’t like red embroidery floss with the green button ornaments so I started over. I ended up with pink floss on the green button ornaments and green on the pink button ornaments.

I think Grandma would love these, except for the pink one, crazy woman didn’t like pink 🙂

I used one of the cute pink buttons on a recent Christmas Tree craft and when I made some Button Magnets.

Pink button Christmas tree ornaments with pink in front of green.

I think they turned out perfectly, and I can’t wait to hang them on our tree or arrange them on the sofa table with this adorable Button Christmas Tree.

Normally I do a mostly red and silver decorations like these Red Tassel Ornaments, but I’m ready to add more fun colors to Christmas decorating.

Close up of pink button Christmas ornaments, three little trees.

Pin it for later!!

Pink and green button christmas ornaments as trees.

And now, don’t forget to check out all these beautiful Christmas projects by some very talented and creative bloggers.  All the links are below.

Collage of christmas projects with button christmas ornaments

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Decorating | Remodelaholic
Copper Christmas Ornaments | From House to Home
DIY Rustic Carved Wood Ornaments | Ugly Duckling House
Snowman Globe Ornaments | Kailyn Williamson
Dollar Store Snow Globe Ornaments | Our Crafty Mom
Wood Disc Ornaments | Everyday Party Magazine
Button Christmas Ornaments | Girl Just DIY
Handlettered Ornaments 3 Ways | Lemon Thistle
Wood Slice Snowman Ornament | Creative Ramblings
Mini Wreath Ornaments | Love Create Celebrate
Buffalo Plaid Ornaments | Leap of Faith Crafting
Easy DIY Geometric Ornaments | Practical and Pretty
7 Cheap and Easy Christmas Ornaments | Toolbox Divas
Macrame Ornaments | Frazzled JOY


Button christmas ornaments roundup collage by remodelaholic.

Grapevine Christmas Wreaths | Grace in My Space
DIY Apple Candle Village | Life on Summerhill
Festive DIY Christmas Card Holder | Red Cottage Chronicles
Lettered Tree Sign | Smiling Colors
Modern Christmas Wreath | Sister’s What!
Reversible Holiday Easel | Queen Bee of Honey Dos
Pretty Decorative Clothespins | Sustain My Craft Habit
DIY Wooden Triangle Christmas Tree | Adventures of a DIY Mom

Henry Walker

Thursday 10th of January 2019

This is a beautiful post, I love it Thanks for sharing..!

Bri Adams

Sunday 18th of November 2018

I love how abstract these are! This is something my kids would love!

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Yes, they'll have so much fun stringing them together.

Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Saturday 17th of November 2018

So simple and cute! Saving and pinning! :) Lisa

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Thanks Lisa, you will have fun making some for yourself.


Thursday 15th of November 2018

I love these! Pinned them for trying them out with my son :)

Michelle James

Thursday 15th of November 2018

I love these ornaments Toni! The colors are so pretty. Thanks for the great tutorial too!