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Christmas Tree Canvas Art using Buttons

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12 Days of Holiday Crafts by Crafting CheerfullyCanvas with felt Christmas tree decorated with buttons.

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Hello Crafty Friends! It’s day 3 of my annual series “12 Days of Holiday Crafts” and today I am sharing a canvas art project perfect to display for the holiday season. This cute Christmas tree canvas art uses festive buttons to decorate the tree and a snowy scene. 

You can create this canvas art by hand-stitching the buttons into place, or by using glue. I love hand-sewing so I enjoyed hand-stitching each button on. But if you don’t love hand-sewing, or are doing this project with younger children, using glue is a great alternative!

Christmas tree decorated with buttons on a piece of holiday canvas art.

Choosing the buttons for this craft is one of the best parts! I decided to use a mix of buttons from my stash as well as new buttons I purchased from the store, like the cute candy cane buttons and the star button. Some of the buttons I used were vintage from my grandmother’s sewing tin like the sweet red bow button and red leaf button. 

Buttons including candy canes, red buffalo check, and hearts decorate a felt tree.

While I decided to keep my button ornaments red and white, you can mix it up and create a colorful tree with ornaments of all colors or choose a color scheme that best matches your decor. If you have a large collection of random buttons, this is a great way to display your favorites!

Canvas with snowy Christmas tree scene decorated with buttons lays on a white wooden table.

DIY Christmas Canvas Button Art 

Supplies Needed:

Supplies gathered together including a canvas, paint, buttons and embroidery floss.

Painting the Canvas

Step One: Give the canvas a wintery scene by painting a blue sky and white snow. To make my snow sparkly, I went over the white acrylic paint with a layer of Galaxy Glitter paint. Let the canvas dry.

A canvas is painted to have a blue sky and snow at the bottom using acrylic paint.

Close up of the glittery paint on top of the white snow.

Decorating the Tree

Step Two: Cut a large tree from green felt and a small piece of brown felt or fabric for the trunk. Use my free template from my Resource Library or cut your own tree that fits the canvas you are using.

A green felt tree and brown fabric trunk are laid on the canvas.

Step Three: Next, decorate the tree with buttons. If you are hand-sewing the buttons to the felt tree, do this before gluing the tree down. Arrange your buttons on the tree. Once you are happy with the arrangement, mark where the buttons should go using a thin Sharpie marker. *Tip: Snap a photo of your tree so you know which buttons go where! 

A piece of green felt covered in buttons grouped together by type of button..

Buttons are arranged on the green felt tree to look like ornaments.

A black marker marks where the buttons should go on the green felt.

Hand-sew the buttons on using embroidery floss.

Buttons are stitched to the felt tree.

Buttons stitched on the green felt tree.

Creating the Snowy Scene

Step Four: Add snowflake buttons and white buttons to the sky around the tree. I laid my felt tree on the the canvas and marked where I wanted to add my snow buttons with a pencil. You could glue the tree down first. I decided to glue my tree down after, since I was worried my thread would get caught on all the ornament buttons as I stitched. 

Snowflake buttons are sewn to the canvas.

Step Five: Finally, glue the felt tree and trunk to the canvas. If you are gluing the buttons on rather than hand-sewing them, you can glue the felt tree and trunk down first, then glue both the ornament and snowflake buttons on.

The Christmas tree is glued to the center of the canvas.

The Christmas tree button art is finished! It turned out so sweet and was a fun project to whip up! I hope to do mini versions of this craft with my kids since they were having so much fun helping me pick out buttons to use. 

Canvas with felt Christmas tree decorated with buttons.

I will be back tomorrow for day #4 of my crafting series! In the meantime, check out my other Christmas craft tutorials for more fun projects you can make this holiday season! 

How to Download the Free Tree Template

Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library under Christmas and Sewing Patterns, Embroidery & Cross Stitch. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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