Easy Button Christmas Ornament

Growing up Christmas was always spent at my grandmother's house. She passed away several years ago, but Christmas always reminds me of her. When she passed, I got her sewing basket. I was looking through it the other day and found a bag full of vintage buttons. I decided to make a Christmas ornament out of them.
Here is what I used: a Styrofoam ball, some buttons, a glue gun, a small piece of twine or ribbon and enough material to cover the ball.
First off, I cut out a piece of fabric that would cover my entire ball and hot glued it on. I had an old lace table cloth that had been ruined and used that.
Once your fabric is glued on, measure a piece of twine or ribbon around 5 inches long (that is going to be the loop that holds your ornament on the tree). Fold your twine in half and insert two straight pins on either end through the ball.
Next start gluing on your buttons. Try to cover as much of the fabric as possible. I used several different sizes of buttons to get the most coverage.
Once the whole ball is covered with buttons, you are finished!
Like I said, super easy. The most time consuming part is gluing on the buttons.
Now every year when I hang it on the tree I will be reminded of my Grams.
Easy Button Ornament
Your supplies
The ball covered in fabric (in this case part of an old tablecloth)
Finished product

Shanna Gilbert
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  • Sarah Sarah on Apr 30, 2016
  • Jan Jan on Dec 20, 2017
    Nothing like a little inspiration for all the buttons I inherited. 3 shoe boxes full. I am thinking low heat glue because of the styrofoam ball. Thank you and it is beautiful.