First, let me say that this is both easy and hard...I saw a gorgeous button tree on Pininterest and decided that I would make one for myself. After all, I had hundreds of buttons. I noticed that the tree was made using pearlized top pins and figured, "this would be simple to make!" Well, it is and it isn't... it takes patience and time (which I don't have, but alas, I managed).
+One cone shaped Styrofoam form. Tip: I recommend white if you want to make my particular tree that way you don't have to worry about covering the green. Or you can use ribbon and wrap it around the tree to cover the green.
+Tons of white and mother-of-pearl buttons in different sizes (Way more than you actually think you need - no, I didn't count them, but I'm sure it's over 400.)
+Pearlized pins - over 400. You will need them with the large balls on top or else they will go right through the larger button holes.
1. First, you will need to cut down about 50 of your pins with wire cutters because if you don't they will stick out the other ends at the narrow top of the tree. An easy solution would be to find smaller pins, but I couldn't find them in the all white pearlized.
2. Next, spread out all of your buttons so you can see them.
3. Starting with largest buttons, randomly place them around the tree with the stick pin through the button hole.
4. Move to the medium sized buttons and randomly place them around the tree.
5. Fill in with smaller buttons. You can layer them if you would like. I didn't (I told you I have no patience or time).
I have to admit it, after three hours if doing this, I cheated and decided to wrap the bottom of the tree with this pretty ribbon I bought at Stampington & Company.
5. I wrapped the tree with some white tulle ribbon just to add a topper and dreamy softness.
I love how it turned out. I did make some other versions of button trees for my shop, which I'll post later (no where near as button filled as this one ... otherwise I would have to charge about $80 a tree!)