As a crafts person I inevitably have quite a large stash of buttons and notions. The problem is that you never want to use any of them because they are so pretty, and once you’ve used them they’re gone. I’ve been wanting to make a Christmas decoration with buttons for a few years, but I didn’t want to use all my pretty ones up on something that would only be seen for a few weeks a year.
When I was ‘looking’ *ahem* at some new wool and such the other day in a local shop I came across a lone polystyrene cone and had a wonderful idea. I purchased it with a few red bows and rushed home to try out my plan.
I emptied out my button stash and got the toddler to help me sort out all the white and pearlescent ones. She really likes to help, so I couldn’t get a picture of the cone without her in, and I couldn’t get a picture of the buttons at all, but I’m sure you get the idea!
We spent a little while choosing buttons, and then I (because I’m apparently the responsible adult) used pearl head pins to pin them to the cone. For this reason, the buttons have to be ones with holes straight through, and not with little tabs at the back. I hope that makes sense. I shuffled them around until they fit nicely, and then I filled in the gaps with the red bows. For the top I used a star bead I had been saving from a bracelet that broke a couple of years ago. See, sometimes it pays to hoard things!
I’m pretty with the outcome, a nice crafty Christmas decoration. And the best part is that after Christmas I can take all the pins back and put all the buttons back in the jar, and next year I get to make another one!