I've been working on this Christmas tree for a couple of weeks, and finally completed it yesterday evening.
Now I'm not gonna lie - this was kind of a pain in the rear to do. It was easy enough to craft - just ball-head pins and lots of green buttons pushed into a Styrofoam tree - but the pain in the rear part came from trying to fit the buttons together without leaving too many empty spots. It was like working a puzzle almost. Does this fit? No. Does this one fit? No. Try this one. Ah, yes - this one fits. When I did have an empty spot, I just pushed in a pin with no button.
If you'd like to craft one of these - all you will need are these supplies:
A Styrofoam tree, green acrylic paint, ball-head pins, glue (optional), and lots and lots of different shades of green buttons.
* paint the tree with the acrylic paint and let dry
* take one ball-head pin, insert into a button and then push the pin into the Styrofoam tree. Repeat this step 15 million more times.
* if you end up with a small empty spot, just push in a pin with no button
* for the top of the tree - layer up 3 or 4 buttons and pin in place
If you're going to use glue - after you insert the pin into the button, dip the pin into the glue and then push it into the tree. I ended up not using the glue just in case I had to move some buttons around. You can make the choice on whether you want to use glue or not.
I'm gonna go now - have to get my house straightened and cleaned before we go to the campground early in the morning tomorrow. My nephew Spencer and his wife Berlin are going to house-sit and dog-sit for us and I can't leave a messy house for them to see. We've decided that we're going to spend the weekend there - so no Rolling Thunder on Sunday. Maybe next year.
Enjoy your day. :)