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Framed Button Christmas Tree

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This idea has been in the back of my head for a few years now but time always seems to slip away. It's not that it's a difficult project, in fact it's very simple, it's just "me projects" seem to get put on the back burner.
Make a Christmas Tree with buttons and frame it ~ simple right?
  • framed button christmas tree
I always have a stack of frames at the ready ~ whether from the Dollar Store, yard sales, or Thrifts. I snatch any cheap frames I see. You can do sooo many thing with frames - no matter what they look like -makeovers are always an easy way to upcycle even the ugliest.
This one happens to be from the Dollar Store.
  • framed button christmas tree
I wanted a glittery background and it happened to come to me in the mail! My cousins beautiful Wedding Invitation, just happened to have a silver glittery background sheet.
  • framed button christmas tree
So I dismantled it (so sorry Chris and Amanda) and I cut it to fit inside the frame
  • framed button christmas tree
I painted the frame all black to get rid of the gold-ish scrolling it had.
  • framed button christmas tree
Then proceeded to play with some white buttons until I found a shape of a Christmas Tree I like and glued them on.
Once glued on, the buttons kind of blended with the background and didn't pop.
I thought of painting them, but didn't want to cover up the Mother of Pearl button's iridescence. I grabbed a bottle of clear nail polish that had blue glitter in it.
Since most of the MOP buttons were at the bottom I started there with a light coat and worked my way up. The single coat provided just a smidge of glitter which was perfect for the MOP buttons. Plastic buttons were interspersed about midway so I applied another coat of polish. Another coat for the next row and so on.
  • framed button christmas tree
Before I knew it I had a gradient blue button Christmas Tree!
I really like the way it turned out and am anxious to try with other colored buttons in different styles.
To read the full blog post: http://dragonflytreasure.blogspot.com/2016/12/framed-button-christmas-tree.html

Materials I used for this project:

  • Frame   (Dollar Store)
  • Buttons   (Had on hand)
  • Glitter background   (Had on hand)
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To see more: http://dragonflytreasure.blogspot.com/2016/12/framed-button-christmas-tree.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Colgrey

    Such a great idea. Go to the thrift stores and look for odd pieces of old jewelry, like a broach, lapel pins, earring, etc., clean, mount those in the shape of a Christmas tree. Can also make a Valentine - heart design as a decoration for

  • Debbie Avila Newton

    Great jdeas! Thanks so much 😊

  • Hipshot1960
    Hipshot1960 Billings, MT

    IIt reminds me a bit of a Christmas picture we took. Four children and four more foster children; we wanted to be coordinated without the matchy-matchy look. We bought each person a sweatshirt in their favorite color and created a Christmas tree on

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