I still have a few simple Christmas decorations that we hang on the tree every year that I made when I was a child (thank you to my grandmother for saving them and giving them to me xxx) and I love making ornaments with my own children. I hope some day they will treasure the ornaments we make on their own family trees.
These miniature button tree ornaments are easy for preschoolers (and older children), taking just a few minutes to make. Plus they have the added benefit of incorporating a little mathematical learning and fine motor skill development – win!
Miniature Button Tree Ornaments Tutorial
For each button tree ornament you will need:
- One thin pipe cleaner
- A small thread-able bead or bell
- A series of buttons that get progressively smaller, in your chosen holiday colours
1. Sort your buttons from largest to smallest.
2. Fold the pipe cleaner in half to find the midway point.
3. Thread the bell (or bead) onto the pipecleaner until it sits at the midway point.
4. Starting with the largest button, thread each end of the pipe cleaner through opposite holes on the button (this will be the trickiest part for young children but Immy only took a few tries to manage it). Push the button so that it sits on top of the bell. Repeat for each button, working from largest to smallest to create the miniature tree shape.
5. Once all of your buttons are in place, twist the remaining ends of the pipe cleaner together and fashion into a hook shape to hang in the branches of your tree 🙂
Oh, and you might like to use a permanent marker to record the year they were made on the underside of the biggest button.