Saturday, April 10, 2010

Button Tree. FTW!!!!

I have problems with craftiness. My family knows it. Jared has decided to embrace it. My real-life friends are often forced to participate in it and my facebook friends are constantly harassed with my project ideas popping up in their news feeds. I have no doubt that my updates have been blocked by some people who don't want to know what I'm working on at every second.(Isn't that the whole point of facebook though?) Anyway, my newest project is a button tree! The lovely Jess and I thought it might be a cute idea for a centerpiece at a wedding, so I thought I'd try and make a prototype!

My future brother-in-law's girlfriend Callie donated a bunch of hangers for this project and without her the crafty fun would have been impossible!
Here's the finished project:

It was really easy to make. Kind of time consuming, but it wasn't really that bad. I had Jared cut the coathangers in half and then again at the bends beneath the hook so that I was left with two pieces that were pretty much the same. I threw the hook part away. Then I bent the hangers so that they looked more like little branches and bound them together with florist wire. I then threaded buttons onto the wire and attached buttons for probably three hours until I finished!

More pictures!

Katie likes to make funny faces.

and the obligatory myspace angle picture:


The trouble came when I tried to figure out how to keep it standing up inside the house. I had a Patron bottle that was donated to me by someone who knows of my bottle obsession and I filled it with poptops from coke cans (also donated to me. Those were from my future father-in-law)and used those as a filler for the jar. It ended up looking pretty cool I think!

The picture in the frame next to it are from my and Jared's prom. Good times.

Anyway, it was a fun project and I'll definitely make another one sometime soon(ish). or at least as soon as I can compile that many coat hangers and buttons again. Hope you like it!


  1. Ha - I'm always too short on hangers to consider it, but you did a really nice job. Colorful!

  2. haha well I took donations so I could complete the project. I let everyone know what I'm looking for and generally end up with a good response!

  3. Hi, I just discovered your blog and had to check it out when you said you were "secretly an old lady." I am too! Haha I'm in my twenties but I tend to act like I'm 75 with my hobbies. Stop by my blog sometime, I'd love to have you!


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