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Button Craft: Stacking Ornaments

November 22, 2010


The love affair with buttons continues…


I found an instruction-free image for a snowman and Santa button ornament on Martha, and decided to try my hand on putting some together on my own.  After I put a few together, I dreamed up that darling little Christmas tree.


Putting these ornaments together was really simple!  Here’s how I made the Santa ornaments. 


Materials Needed:
Wire (I used jewelry making wire)
Buttons (standard, with at 2 or 4 holes)
– 2 medium, skin color of your choice (let’s see some ethnically diverse Santa’s!)
– 1 large, black
– 1 medium, black
– 1 small, black
– 1 medium, white
– 3 extra small, white
– 2 large, red
– 5 medium, red
– 2 small, red
– 2 extra small, red
– 2 tiny, red
-2 extra tiny, red



Step 1: Start with a 10-12 inch piece of wire.  Fold wire in half.

Steps 2 – 24: Begin stringing buttons in the following order, one on top of another, with both sides of the wire:


medium black
extra small white
extra small red


small red
medium red
large red


large black
large red
medium red


medium red
2 extra small white

2 medium skin colored
medium white
2 medium red

small red
extra small red
2 tiny red
2 extra tiny red

Step 25: Twist the wire into a loop to secure buttons will not slide off, as well as give ornaments a device to hang on the tree without a hook.

The Christmas tree and snowmen were made the exact same way.  You could also make an Elf (Buddy, anyone?) using green and yellow buttons in place of red and black.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Nicki permalink
    November 22, 2010 7:00 am

    OMG! My mother loves Santas and has issues with the cats and ornaments that might break. I may have to make a couple of these for her.

  2. Jessie permalink
    November 22, 2010 8:28 am

    I made the snowmen yesterday!! I thought they turned out really cute. The only difference in mine was that I used pipe cleaners instead of the plain wire.

    I was planning on making a tree, but alas, not enough green buttons. And no red ones either for the Santa’s. I will be hitting up the craft store this weekend I think for those.

  3. November 22, 2010 10:46 am

    These are so cute! I kind of want to turn one into a necklace 🙂

  4. Alison permalink
    November 22, 2010 11:12 am

    I love these button Santas! Where did you get all the buttons… or did you have them already?

    • November 22, 2010 11:44 am

      Thanks, Alison!

      I was lucky enough to come across some large old button collections a few years ago, at good will and garage sales. I also buy clearance/sale packs at craft stores – like Michael’s, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby.

      You can even find little bag sets of buttons by color (or a variety pack) at places like Wal-mart in the sewing section, usually near the thread.

  5. November 22, 2010 11:30 am

    This is the most precious Christmas craft ever. I love your skin color diverse Santas, too!

  6. November 22, 2010 12:55 pm

    I would say that a nacklace or earings would be adorable. Especially if you got some smaller buttons to do it with. I need to pick up some materials and start making christmas crafts. My hands are aching to make something.

  7. November 22, 2010 4:09 pm

    Great idea! These would be great gifts if you had a whole group of people to make for and needed them to be relatively alike. Still, each one would be unique.

  8. November 22, 2010 4:48 pm

    Super cute! You’re a crafty superstar 🙂

  9. November 22, 2010 4:58 pm

    OMG these are absolutely adorable!!!!

  10. November 23, 2010 5:40 pm

    What a cute idea these are! I am a craft addict and have made christmas tree air freshers for gifts this year along with smore kits! I absolutely adore your blog. I am your newest follower!


  11. Jenn permalink
    November 25, 2010 2:55 am

    I love those santa ornaments and the trees! Too cute!


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