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This button snowflake craft can be used as a holiday ornament, or as a winter decoration.
After the holidays, I decorate my mantle in white with snowmen and snowflakes.
I got the idea to make this snowflake after organizing my craft room. I realized I have so many buttons! I got many of them from my mother, who was an avid sewer. You can also buy buttons in big multi-pack bags at the craft store. Buttons are great to have on hand, because they can used in many different craft projects. I organize my buttons by color in small craft organizers (see the photo below). I like to scrapbook, so it is very easy to add buttons to a layout when they are all organized by color.
This snowflake made out of buttons can be hung in a window, from a mantle, from one of the snow covered branches I also have on this site, or simply propped up against a photo frame or other things on your shelf, as I did here.
1. Begin the button snowflake by gluing the three or four wooden craft sticks together to form a star shape. Why three or four? Because "real" snowflakes have six sides, not eight like the one shown here. Oops! I still like the way this one turned out, but I'll leave that part up to you! If you would like to see additional photos to help you with this step, it is all explained in my other craft, wooden snowflake.
2. Next, you will want to go through your buttons to figure out which ones you want to use and see if you have enough. Snowflakes are identical on the points, so it would be best to have six (or eight) of each type of button and to repeat the pattern you choose on each stem. I had many different sizes, so I chose to make the four stems opposite each other symmetrical, and the other four stems different. Lay out the buttons along the wooden stem to be sure they fit and look nice. Once you have your pattern figured out, just lay them out in order on the table.
3. Begin gluing the buttons on, one by one. I used Elmers Glue-All and it worked quite well. If you want something stronger, you can try a hot glue gun but be careful! The buttons are small and you don't want to get burned. If you plan on hanging your button snowflake, allow one of the end buttons to have its holes slightly overhang the tip of the wooden stick, so you will have a hole to thread the string through.
4. Once you are done, allow it to dry well. To hang it, thread some clear fishing line or thin thread through two of the button holes.