Yay for a fun, easy and cute button craft that today, I am going to share all about!!
I love crafts like this. Simple (even for the least crafty person), quick, few supplies and fast clean up (can I get an Amen?) and is one that kids of all ages can easily do. My littles love doing button crafts and I always feel good after I have taken the time to sit with them and watch them work.
The thing I love about this too, is that you can do this for whatever season you’d like – with whatever image you’d like. I keep it simple and I don’t worry about abstract versus perfection – as you’ll see in the tutorial below, but you could get as complex, creative and detailed as you’d like with this button craft.
Since its Christmas, for our button craft, we did a snowy Christmas tree scene – at least we attempted to. For the kids it turned out more of a green and white abstract, but I still love it, and they still tell people its a Christmas tree in the snow. 🙂
A few years ago, my kids did one for fall of a semi-bare tree with fall colored leaves. I used some backyard twigs for this one and I have those framed and matted and I pull them out every fall. For spring, an egg or flowers would be cute and maybe we will do one of those come March!
Other Christmas ideas that this would work and be easy for are a wreath, a gift or even a house that is drawn or painted and then buttons for Christmas lights.
For this craft, you will need the following:
- Canvas or a heavy duty stock paper
- Buttons (in whatever color fits your art)
I had the canvas, pencils and glue already at my house and the buttons are from Oriental Trading. As always, they have a great selection of seasonal stuff and whether you are throwing a party or looking for cute crafts, they have it all. Since I wanted buttons for “snow” and for my “Christmas tree” I chose a white/silver/blue pack and one that had all red/green buttons.
I also snagged a few holiday games (the Inflatable Hat Ring Toss, Build-A-Snowman Game, and Christmas Can Bean Bag Toss Game) as well as some paint for another craft project I am working on!!
The games I got to share with Annie M’s class. I am telling you, if you are looking for a good way to help or bless a teacher – or something to gift them and their class, check out Oriental Trading. Her class has a holiday party next week and they are SO excited to play these games as a part of it. Her teacher was also really grateful when I contacted her about ordering some games for her. She does so much for these little ones and I was happy that I could help in this little way. I know the kids will have a blast playing them!
Anyway, here is how to do the button craft!
First, gather your materials. Secondly, if your kids are young, on the canvas or card stock, you may want to draft or sketch out something just to give them an idea. You can see, I went basic and quickly drew the snow and the tree. Nothing fancy! Here though is where you could get creative with your design. I also figured that due to my kids ages, they would probably try but go rogue, so I didn’t really stress over how it looked….you’ll see how much they stuck to it below. 🙂
Next, I helped them with the glue. Annie M did the whole thing herself. Brother did the glue by himself after I showed him and Moose, I did it all for selfish reasons and, mainly to narrow the risk of glue all over my table.
Once the glue was on, the kids went to town doing the buttons. I did
Chapman’s it along with them so we glued and chatted and glued and chatted til we had a snow covered canvas.
The glue dries clear, so no need to really worry about excess, but if it looks messy, or you want it to be more 3-D looking, you can stack the buttons.
After you finish the snow (or one part of whatever design you have done) go on to the next. I helped Moose with the glue and Brother did his own…here you will see, they started to get a bit crazy on me! Moose wanted “all of the big buttons” and Brother wanted his all covered and lined up.
I am NOT sure where these OCD kids came from. Are we sure they are mine?? Can they turn their crafting OCD into house keeping OCD, please!?
I held the baby as I worked and Chapman and I stuck to the plan and the lines on the page. Once we finished our tree, we added a few falling snowflakes and then set them all to the side to dry.
There ya go! The button craft was super easy and they are all sitting on my mantle. I love watching their little hands work and it was fun seeing the progression of a 2-4-6-34 year old. 😉 I wrote the year and their names on the back that way we can set them out for years to come. My kids also love seeing their art out and I loved that I could find buttons to match with other decor we already had.
I could have really gone to town shopping Oriental Trading’s Christmas stuff. Lots of Christmas goodies are currently on sale and there are still a few days to order to get things here by the 25th! If you need stocking stuffers or party stuff – from plates to games, or just a fun kids craft (TONS of cute ornament making items and holiday picture frames you can decorate) check them out.
Speaking of stocking stuffers, do your kids classes fill stockings for everyone in the class?? Last year my three bigs kids classes did and I had to buy stocking stuffers for almost 40 stockings…it wasn’t supposed to be expensive stuff, but dollar wise, it added up FAST. I don’t know WHY I did not think of this, but ORIENTAL TRADING has great stuff, in bulk at a great price. HELLO SLAP BRACELETS!!! My kids would have been all over that.
This year, only one class is doing it, but next year, I will for sure get the items from Oriental Trading. Thanks to them for providing the products for my kids class party and for the buttons for this craft! Let me know if you try it, shop them or have any questions!