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Earth Day Craft: DIY Button Art Tree

This DIY button art project looks great in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

You don’t have to be a tree hugger to love this tutorial, although it does make a great Earth Day craft! Whip up this DIY button art project for a playroom or baby’s nursery using our free template.

This DIY button art project makes a great Earth Day craft idea. It also looks sweet in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comUnder all the glitter, hot glue and pom poms, we’re kind of hippies around here. We cloth diaper. We compost. We drink weird concoctions that taste like weed soup when we’re sick.

So it should come as no surprise that I think Earth Day deserves its own craft tutorial. And while this button art is a perfect Earth Day craft, it can also live in your home year round without sticking out like a tie-dye peace flag. I think it’d be a super fun DIY art project for a nursery, craft room or a kitchen nook. (And this tree is quite drought-resistant, too. Har. Har. Har.)

This DIY button art project looks great in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comThis tutorial is easy enough that your kids can make their own versions alongside you if they’re old enough to wield glue with a little bit of precision. (We are most definitely not there yet in this house. Someone would be choking on a button long before we even got the lid off the glue anyhow.) 

This DIY button art project looks great in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comI created a free tree silhouette template for you to download and it’s waiting patiently for you in the subscriber’s Vault. Enter your email address in the pink and green box at the bottom of this post to gain instant access. Alternatively, you can make button art with any simple shape you find by printing it and tracing the silhouette onto your wood.

This DIY button art project looks great in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comEARTH DAY CRAFT SUPPLIES

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• tree and bird silhouette template (Enter your email address below to gain instant access.)
• 14×10.5″ piece of wood (If you don’t have access to a saw, Home Depot or Lowes will cut wood for you for about 25 cents per cut. Or you can simply buy one like this on Amazon.)
• pencil
• tacky glue
• small paintbrush or a Q-tip to apply the glue to the buttons
• buttons (If you don’t have an epic button stash, you can buy packs of buttons from Amazon, Walmart or a craft store. The more variety, the better. (These came from Walmart and cost about $8 total.)
• swatches of patterned paper for the birds (Use the ones I’ve included in the downloadable template or get your own scrapbook paper. You want something that contrasts with your buttons. Too similar and the birds will get lost.)
• a picture hanger and small hammer to attach it
• acrylic paint for the edges of the board (optional)

1. Print the tree silhouette template and cut it out. You can also use any shape you’d like. Just search “____ silhouette” to find a shape that fits your fancy.

2. Lightly trace the silhouette onto your wood.

This DIY button art project makes a great Earth Day craft idea. It also looks sweet in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
3. Use the bird template to cut your birds out of your chosen paper. Loosely decide where you’d like them to live in the tree. Don’t glue them down quite yet.

4. Beginning at one edge and slightly overlapping your pencil line, glue your buttons down. Be careful not to use too much glue so it doesn’t seep out of the button holes. I used a Q-tip to apply the glue to each button.

This DIY button art project looks great in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
5. When the buttons approach a bird, nestle the bird in amid the buttons in a way allows the buttons to snuggle in close. I found that using smaller buttons near the birds helped with this.

6. If you’d like, paint the edges of your board for a little pop of color.

This DIY button art project looks great in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com7. Apply a picture hanger to the back of your wood board.

This DIY button art project makes a great Earth Day craft idea. It also looks sweet in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comThere you go! Plop your button art up on the wall and sit back to admire it’s textured niftiness. Happy Earth Day!

This DIY button art project looks great in a baby's room or nursery, especially as part of a gallery wall. Free printable template to make your own. Click for the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
If you’re into making DIY wall art, here are a few other tutorials you might like:

This bunny shelf makes a perfect Easter craft idea for Spring or DIY nursery decor to enjoy year round! Make it out of popsicle sticks using the free downloadable template. Click to see the full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comModern Bunny Shelf Made From Popsicle Sticks

TUTORIAL: How to turn cigar boxes into floating DIY box shelves. This super easy home decor project can be done in about 15 minutes and looks great in a gallery wall. Perfect "art" idea for a nursery, playroom, bedroom or home office. | MakeAndDoCrew.com15 DIY Floating Box Shelves

Make this DIY wall art idea for less than $7 using coffee stirrers. This reclaimed-wood-inspired look is super easy to achieve and adds a lot of texture to any wall. This is a craft anyone can make! Click for full how to tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.comCoffee Stirrer Wall Art

29 Comments

  • Monica
    March 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Oo, I love this! I am always looking for DIY wall art ideas, and this one is great! 🙂
    ♥♥Monica
    mon makes things

    Reply
    • Make and Do Girl
      March 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Monica! I’m always looking for reasons to buy buttons 🙂

      Reply
  • Katherine of Aurora Spitfire
    March 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I officially love this! I’m already brainstorming what I want to make!

    Reply
    • Make and Do Girl
      March 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Awesome! I’d love to see a pic when you make your masterpiece.

      Happy crafting!
      j

      Reply
  • Emily
    March 28, 2013 at 2:56 am

    ooo I love button art!! So cute! the birds in the tree are adorable! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?
    http://www.nap-timecreations.com

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    • Make and Do Girl
      March 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Emily,

      I’m officially your newest Facebook follower 🙂

      j

      Reply
  • CJ @ Knitworked Yarns
    March 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

    This is such a great idea!! Would be super cute as you said for a nursery :).

    Reply
    • Make and Do Girl
      March 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thanks CJ! That’s exactly where I think it’ll end up!

      j

      Reply
  • Michelle
    March 30, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I love the little birdies! So cute.

    Reply
    • Make and Do Girl
      April 1, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Tweet, tweet! Happy Spring, Michie!

      xo
      j

      Reply
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  • Penny
    November 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Love your button art! I am wondering if this would work on canvas as well?

    Reply
    • Make and Do Girl
      November 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Hey Penny,

      I think using canvas is a great idea! As much as I love to use power tools, I’m all for simplifying things and I think canvas is a great alternative to wood.

      Happy gluing!

      j

      Reply
  • Felicity
    May 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Love this, I’ve always wanted something for my room because it’s a bit messy and just full of random pictures and drawings that really shouldn’t be on show. But, thankyou so much, I love the idea!!!

    Reply
  • Laurie
    December 31, 2015 at 12:33 am

    This is adorable! Love it! Please look for your feature at next weeks Brag About It! Happy New Year to you!
    ~Laurie

    Reply
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  • ananda
    April 4, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    happy earth day jess!! you are so AMAZING!!! such a gorgeous and creative work of art, i LOVE it!!!!!!!!!! xo

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks Ananda! You’re such a plant whiz, perhaps sometime we should team up and I’ll grow something out of buttons and you can grow something out of actual seeds and dirt 😉

      Reply
  • Celeste
    April 11, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This is super cute! I love the addition of the birds to your button tree. I am always looking for fun uses for our buttons since we always seem to have an abundance of them!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 11, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      We do too, Celeste! I’ve always been hesitant to “use them up” because I kept thinking I’d find an AMAZING use for all of them. But then I just decided I needed to create the amazing use for them.

      PS. I freaking love your idea for an interchangeable wreath. That is genius!

      Reply
  • tymothy bradley
    May 14, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Wow Impressive! I do not think all of this is wonderful. I was so inspired by the content of your blog. thanks. maybe one day I can try.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Tymothy,

      Give it a whirl, friend! You can do it! And let me know if you have any questions. I’m here to help!

      Jess

      Reply
  • iman fatah
    December 26, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Wooooow, thats amazing diy. thanks for sharing jess. I will make it latter for my bedroom wall decoration.

    Nice..

    Reply
  • toko bunga
    February 11, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Great idea… I love it! Thanks for sharing

    Reply
  • Linda
    June 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I have more buttons than I will ever use but not many green ones. I think since I have some green dye I will try to dye some of my hundreds of white buttons. I know this can be done I just haven’t tried it before. Wish me luck.

    Reply

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