You can use any of the button machines from ButtonMakers.net to make Christmas ornaments for your tree this season. It’s so easy, and there are so many different ways to go about it.
You can make photo ornaments for your family, or custom gifts for special loved ones. You can make them big or small. Attach 100′s of little 1 inch buttons to a ribbon to drape on the tree. Or just unpin the back and fashion it into a hook!! Use the welded eye to loop a hook through. Or just tie some gold string on to the back of a finished button.
There are so many cool things you can do with your button maker this holiday season!
I decorated my mini tree (pictured above) with 1 inch buttons. I printed these designs on inkjet transparencies and pressed out the buttons like normal. Then I either attached gold wire to the back or just pinned them on!! So Cute!!!
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see step by step pictures for making Christmas ornaments with a 3-1/2 inch buttons.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A Button Machine from Button Makers .net any size will do
- Complete button making supplies. That includes shells, mylar, and pinned backs (or collets and lock pins if you’re using 1 inch).
- Welded Eyes (this is optional since you could easily attach the string or hook to the pinned back. I think the eye looks a little nicer so for this example, I’m using the welded eye.)
- A circular cut graphic
- String, Ribbon, or Ornament Hooks for hanging
- Scissors for the string or ribbon
1. Get everything together.
2. Remove the pin from the back (unless you didn’t get welded eyes, then just leave it alone).
3. Insert the back into the crimp die (the one without visible springs) and make sure one of the holes is centered at the top. (ignore the other hole). If you’re not using welded eyes, center the with the clasp side at the top, so when you fashion your string or hook onto it, it will hang straight.
4. Place the shell in the pickup die. Place the graphic on top of the shell, and the mylar on top of the graphic.
5. Rotate the pickup die under the upper die and pull the handle. Rotate the crimp die under the upper die and pull again. Just like normal.
6. Remove the ornament from the machine.
7. Cut a piece of string and loop it through the hole. In this example I’m using elastic gold thread I got from a craft store for $1.
8. Tie on a ribbon or any other decorations and put it on your tree!!!