Bright Button Tree

Bright Button Tree

Posted by DecoArt on Aug 31st 2014

Create simple folk art with a painted canvas adorned with brightly-colored buttons.


    • paper towels
    • tracing paper
    • transfer paper
    • ruler
    • pencil
    • #3 round brush
    • 3/4" flat brush
    • 1/2" flat brush
    • assorted buttons
    • 12" x 12" canvas
    • Aleene's Tacky Glue



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Measure in from the edge of the canvas 1/2" all the way around and make a line with the pencil. Fill in the edge and the sides of the canvas with Shrimp and the 3/4" flat brush.
    2. Measure up 1-1/4" from the bottom of the canvas and draw a line across with the pencil. Fill in the grassy area with Chartreuse using the 1/2" flat brush.
    3. Fill in the blue background with the 3/4" flat brush and Blue Bird.
    4. Instruction #3
    5. Use the #3 round brush to add stripes going down on the grass with Soft Jade.
    6. Using the tracing and transfer papers and pencil, transfer the tree pattern to the sky area in the center, outlining the round part of the tree and the trunk.
    7. Fill in the round part of the tree with Soft Jade and the 1/2" flat brush.
    8. Transfer the rest of the tree to the canvas.
    9. Fill in the trunk and branches with the #3 round brush and Battleship.
    10. Instruction #8
    11. Using the craft glue, attach buttons going around the edge of the sky and grass. (Use any type of pattern you like.)
    12. Instruction #9
    13. Randomly place some of the buttons on the tree. When you like the placement, lift each button and glue down with tacky glue until all are attached.


    Tree Pattern