Button Tree Ornament

Creative Arts

4–6 years

Spare no buttons. This creative activity develops hand-eye coordination and is a great opportunity for families to personalize their own home ornaments.


  • 10 to 12 buttons (various sizes)
  • 4 to 6 small buttons (similar size)
  • Sewing thread (20″ to 24″)
  • Scissors

This activity is open to your child’s creativity and imagination. Some ideas include: Santa Claus, snowman, snowflakes… be adventurous and experiment with buttons of different sizes, shapes and colours. 

Set-up to make a tree ornament

  1. Have your child lay out the buttons in a row; organizing them smallest to largest. This will represent your tree.
  2. Layout your small buttons of equal size and set aside. This will be the base of your tree.
  3. Cut a long piece of thread, about 24″ to 28″.
  4. Starting with the smallest button, insert your thread through one hole and continue to thread the remaining buttons until you have reached your largest button
  5. Once the largest button has been threaded, start threading the small buttons you selected as your tree base.
  6. Using the adjacent holes, insert your thread back through each of the buttons. A simple trick to threading back up the buttons is to loosely lay out the threaded buttons on a smooth surface. This will allow you to manoeuvre the thread through each button.
  7. Once you reach back up to the top, carefully lift up both threads to position the buttons tightly together. Secure with a knot.
  8. Use the remaining loose threads to create a loop to hang your ornament.



At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

Conversations with your child

  • Can you arrange the buttons smallest to largest?
  • Which button do we have to thread first?
  • What buttons go at the bottom of the tree?
  • Try to thread each of the buttons
  • Where should we hang your button ornament?

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