My best friend visits me in the summer and we like to take a day and do a crafty thing. One time we made these button trees.
First collect your buttons!
I used mostly pearls and pastels, and my friend used pearls with red and green.
The base is a styrofoam cone. Before you start, roll the cone against a hard surface, pushing in around the flat top to make it pointy. I did not do this, but should have!
Wrap the cone with lace.
Using pearl headed pins, or regular pins with a small bead on the head, attach one full layer of buttons. Go back and fill in the cracks with a second layer of buttons and pearl beads.
We did all white on the first layer, and white and accents on the second layer.
I used a long corsage pin to string together the top ornament.