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Button Tree

Button Tree
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 2y - 9y
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

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Jadah Sellner
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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!

What You'll Need

How We Did It

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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.

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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.

Button Tree

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.) 

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Once the hot glue had dried, my daughter took over full creative direction for her button "leaves."

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She used a paintbrush to carefully add glue to each button, then placed the button leaves on her tree.

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I thought we would be done with our button tree after the buttons were all glued on. But my daughter quickly grabbed her markers and pens to add some background scenery. She also included my name on her artwork as co-artist since I helped with the hot glue. So sweet!
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My favorite part was when my daughter glued a few buttons not attached to the tree to represent the fall season. The glue dried pretty quickly, and my daughter was excited to hold up her beautiful button tree creation! 

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My child and I completed Button Tree.

posted by: Carol on 10.11.2014

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My 3.5 year old and I did this. We used and 8"x10" canvas. We also added grass by using pine needles.

posted by: Trinity on 8.5.2013

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Hey perfect idea for a lasting collage, using the canvas! Excellent. Thank you for sharing! I have the best supplies in mind now. TY

posted by: Jeanine on 8.12.2014

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GORGEOUS!!!

posted by: Jeanine on 8.12.2014

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this page is totally pirated from this chinese site! http://www.rabbibox.com/studio/project/10

posted by: Mike on 2.27.2013

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its a great site as i checked it out !! but there are so many ideas we can create by getting ideas from others and to give them credit too!!

posted by: georgina on 10.13.2013

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My child and I completed Button Tree.

posted by: Melissa on 7.10.2013

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posted by: Anne on 1.30.2013

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