DIY Button Garland for the Christmas Tree

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When I was growing up my mom would make a popcorn garland to go on our tree. When I was old enough I would help her make it. I can still remember how much it hurt my fingers to push that needle through some of the tougher popcorn pieces. One year we tried to save the popcorn garland. We put it in Tupperware, but a mouse got into it and ate the popcorn.

It was a long process stringing all of the popcorn, but the end result was worth it. I really liked how the white of the popcorn went with the red cranberry garland and the green of the Christmas tree.

Once I had my own tree to decorate I wanted the same feel of Christmas tree that I had growing up. Stringing popcorn was not ideal. So I thought of another way that I could add some white garland to my tree. I came up with a white button garland. It has all the mismatched texture of popcorn with the different size buttons on it. After 5 years my garland still looks great! No need to make another one!

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Supplies for the DIY Button Garland

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Take the hemp string and measure out 6 feet. Tie a small loop at one end, then begin stringing the buttons on by weaving the string in and out of the button holes. Alternated between large and small buttons to give a it a popcorn feel.

DIY Button Garland | How to make a button garland | DIY Christmas decorations | Christmas Tree

I had to make five button garland strands to wrap around my tree. The number of strands that you need will vary based on two things.  The size of your tree and how close you wrap each strand around your tree.

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To store your DIY button garland once Christmas is over use a stiff piece of cardboard to wrap the garland around. This will keep it from getting tangled! 

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33 Comments

    • Jaclyn Erickson

      Hi Sandy,

      I tied a knot behind the last button and cut the remainder of the string. Doing this allows you to loop the next strand onto the previous one. I did the same thing at the very end of my garland and just made sure that the garland ends at the backside of the tree. If you wanted a continuous look, I would suggest making the garland long enough to circle the tree and connect back where you started. You would have to make several garlands at different lengths. My Christmas tree is always tucked into a corner so I don’t worry about the backside of it to much. I hope this helped answer your question!
      – Jaclyn

  • Amber

    Has anyone tried spray painting them a shiny metal/gray color? My husband loves silver beads on the tree (the way it shines off the lights) and I thought of doing the button garland but silver/gray? Any thoughts?

  • Jen

    Hi,
    I was trying to make this tonight but the buttons were all settling to the bottom of the string. How did you keep them in place?

    • Jaclynerickson@yahoo.com

      Hi Jen!

      I am going to try to help you the best that I can without seeing your garland. When I strung my buttons I would weave the twine up through the back of one hole on the button and then back down through a hole on the top of the button. You can see this in the close up images of the button garland. This way keeps the button in place but also allows me to be able to slide it if I need to. If you are using the weaving method like I did my next thought is that maybe your string is to skinny? I used a jute twine and it was very close to the same size as the button holes. I hope this helps to solve your problem!
      -Jaclyn

      • Rachael

        I love your button garland! Do you have any clue about how many buttons you used? I found some adorable mismatched vintage buttons on eBay and I am wondering how many I should order. Thanks for sharing with us!

        • Jaclyn Erickson

          Hi Rachael! I am so glad that you love the garland. The size of the buttons will affect the total number of buttons you will need. I used a combination of 4 different sizes, but the average size of my buttons was 1/2 inch. To make one 6 foot garland you will need 144 buttons. My formula for figuring out how many you will need is this: 12 inches divided by Size of the button and then multiply by 6 and that will give you the number of buttons to make one six foot garland.

    • Jaclynerickson@yahoo.com

      Hi Shelley,

      I haI did start a red and green one when I made this white one. It wasn’t my style but it still looked nice! I think its kind of like colored light and white lights on the Christmas tree, some people like one over the other! If you do a multi colored version I would love to see it!!

      -Jaclyn

  • Rose

    Two questions, please: (1) About how many buttons were in the package of buttons that you used? and (2) About how many buttons did it take to make a six-foot strand? I’d love to make a button garland for our farmhouse Christmas tree. Thanks!

    • Jaclynerickson@yahoo.com

      Those are great questions Rose! I used these mini button packs from Walmart. They came in a cylinder and maybe had 60 buttons in the various sizes in it. I ended up having to buy several of them to complete my garland. My 6 foot length contains a total of 146 buttons. The largest size button on my garland is 1 inch and my smallest is 1/4 inch, with the majority of the garland being made up of the smaller buttons. I hope this helps you as you make your garland!

      -Jaclyn

    • Jaclynerickson@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much!! It really adds a special touch to the tree! I would love to see yours when its done!!

      – Jaclyn

  • Lillian Stevens

    Running my hands through my button collection always gives me a sense of great joy. This is adorable and I could see it draped on the curtains during the off season. Beautiful!

    • Jaclynerickson@yahoo.com

      I love that idea Lillian! I have a jar full of just odds and end antique and new button and it is so fun to go though them!

      -Jaclyn

  • Richella Parham

    This is a great idea! I like the idea of garland, but I’ve never gotten around to making any. The buttons add old-fashioned charm and I really like the fact that the garland can be saved from year to year.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!

  • Kimm at Reinvented

    Love it, Jaclyn! My mom has 60 years worth of saved buttons; I’m definitely going to suggest we make a garland with some of them! I’m sure I’ll learn the story behind each one as we string them. Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday!

  • deb

    This has been on my to do list for year! I want to do it with my mom’s buttons. Why do all my projects get pushed to the back so I can do everyone’s else’s????? Need to make more me time! Love, love love your button garland! Grand job ♥
    *hugs* deb

    • Jaclynerickson@yahoo.com

      Thanks so much Deb! I know how you feel! There seems to never be enough time. Thanks for stopping by have a great weekend!

      -Jaclyn

    • Jaclynerickson@yahoo.com

      Thanks Patti! My husband found it at a garage sale in the free pile this past summer and got it for me!

      -Jaclyn

  • Mickie Ayer

    Absolutely love this! Going to use tiny little button to make a garland for my mini trees. Thanks so much for sharing.

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