Monday, December 6, 2010

Button Tree Tutorial

When I started this project, I had all the supplies in place and a plan to make this…
it is covered in Mother of Pearl buttons which are very expensive.  So, started looking for an alternative and this is what I came up with.
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A bunch of colorful buttons from Michaels, heirloom white spray paint from Rust-Oleum, Styrofoam cones, Valspar’s pearl spray paint, work gloves and Styrofoam adhesive spray.  I am sure the adhesive spray is good for some applications, but this was not one of them.  I quickly abandoned that and got out my glue gun.  I then told my husband I wanted a new glue gun for Christmas.  I am not sure if it is a blister or a bruise, but my “trigger” finger is killing me!
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The first step was to put glue on the cone and place the buttons on it.  I went through section by section for the first layer.  Then I went back and put the glue on the button and filled in where there was space or a messy spot that needed to covered.  I found turning it upside down for the first part was the easiest way to hold it.
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Somewhere along the way, someone told me a trick about getting rid of those annoying glue gun strings.  Simply run a hair dryer over the spots and most of them will melt away.  Some need a little pulling and scraping.  I am very luck because my 8 year old daughter finds those really annoying and pulls them off for me with amazing patience.
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Here it is covered in buttons.  The plan was to spray paint it with the Heirloom white and then lightly coat it with the pearl paint to give the look of mother of pearl buttons. 
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Some day I will actually try that. But, for this project the buttons were so colorful and fun I could not bring myself to paint it!
Our basement family room is decorated in purple, orange, pink, green and brown.  I know, sounds completely crazy.  This room is a completely different side of my decorating personality. But I decided this would work perfectly in that room.
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The crazy branch thing behind it I found at an estate sale a while back (the same one where I found all the sheet music I still have done nothing with.). I thought it work well in this room and for Christmas I have just hung some of my vintage ornaments all in bright pink.
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The little “people” are ornaments my husband brought back from Russia a few years ago.  I thought they were too unique to get lost in the tree, so I put them here where they could really be seen.
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I couldn’t stop myself from gluing buttons, so I went ahead and put some on a clear glass ornament I picked up at Michael’s and hung it from an old milk bottle.
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In the next day or so I will be doing a post on my whole basement.  You will be able to learn about how I cured my Multiple Decorating Personality Disorder! 

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Jane said...

This is adorable! You are so creative.


the gypsy chick said...

i love it! we just finished a little project using vintage buttons, but i would love to try this one... such a great idea!


Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

LOVE this. I would actually buy this if I saw it. I would make it but I don't have a good button collection and it looks like it would take TONS. I'm glad you left it colorful. :)

Tracey said...

It looks wonderful! And it's perfect in the spot you've placed it!!! Great job on your tutorial :))

Hugs ~

:) T

michelle said...

It looks so adorable! I love all the color! You know I was going to do this earlier but didn't have the mother of pearl buttons, or not enough anyway. I NEVER thought of spray painting them!! Brilliant! :) That one may have to wait until next year! You are so creative!!

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

This is so cute, but now I want to see the one you originally thought you would make!

Mrs. Adventure said...

Wow I love it, and I'm glad you left them in color it just pops!

Colleen @ Midwest Cottage said...

Your trees are so cute! I love all the color!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Oh my gosh! I am once again posting a comment, this button tree is so great. I have jars of buttons in my studio as I am a seamstress by trade. I am so going to make one of these. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kim said...

That is so fun - I was wondering about all of the colors, but it looks great in your vignette, the twigs frame it perfectly, nice job. :)

Valerie said...

All i have to say is "I LOVE IT" Thanks for the great ideas.

Courtney said...

very very cute! I think this will be on my project list for next year!

Kristen said...

Very cute. i love that you left them all colorful. It looks perfect in your room!

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

I think that tree is adorable! It would look cute in a child's room.

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