If your child is anything like mine, you probably have piles of rocks, sticks, shells, leaves, and pine needles sprinkled all around the house. My five-year-old daughter is an avid nature collector...and this weekend, she decided it was time to put her nature collection to use!
To make a button tree, all you need are twigs and buttons. However, if want to hold on to your creation (like my daughter did), you can glue your tree to poster board to make a colorful 3-D collage. From collecting sticks to designing "foliage," this craft was definitely a fun experiment from beginning to end!
First, we went on a scavenger hunt for sticks and twigs. (My daughter loved this part!) We chose to collect our sticks over a few days because collecting items from nature is so much fun when you have a purpose for them.
Once we were ready to make our button tree, my daughter sorted her sticks by size. We talked about "thin," "thick," "short," and "long" sticks.
At first, my daughter added white glue to glue on the branches--but we soon realized we needed some stronger stuff to make the sticks "stick." So after my daughter artfully arranged her sticks, I hot glued the sticks into place on some poster board. (Poster board is the perfect backdrop for this project since it can carry the weight of the sticks.)
She used a paintbrush to carefully add glue to each button, then placed the button leaves on her tree.