Toddler Christmas Tree Ornament Craft - Christmas Tree Shaped Ornament on Christmas Tree

Button Christmas tree ornaments

These button Christmas tree ornaments are super cute! It’s a fun holiday craft to make with older toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergarten kids. All that you need to make these cute button Christmas ornaments is felt, buttons, ribbon or thread, and some glue! Keep reading to see how we made them.

These are also one of the 14 adorable Christmas crafts for kids that we’ve made lately, in case you’d like to check those out too.

button christmas tree ornament hanging on christmas tree

Button Christmas tree ornament kids’ craft

These preschool Christmas tree ornaments are easy to make and can be adapted for older children. Younger children will need more help, but older children may be able to use the glue on their own.

Buttons can be a choking hazard, and many school types of glue aren’t to be used by children under 3 years old. Check the instructions on your supplies to make sure they’re kid-friendly before starting this project and follow them! Ensure kids are fully supervised for the duration of the craft.

Toddler Christmas Tree Ornament Craft - Christmas Tree Shaped Ornament on Christmas Tree

Supplies for preschool button Christmas tree ornaments

December is a great time for crafting. Making ornaments for the tree is a fun way to add a personal touch to your festive decorations (and keep the little ones busy!). These button Christmas trees are a quick and easy craft that helped us use up leftover buttons from old projects.

Here are the supplies for these preschool Christmas tree ornaments made from green felt and old buttons:

  • Green craft felt sheets
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon

Gather all your supplies together before starting this button ornament craft. Be sure to read and follow all instructions for the materials you’ve chosen.

button christmas tree ornaments

How to Make Felt & Button Christmas Tree Ornaments

Here are the steps for making these felt and button Christmas tree ornaments with preschoolers:

  1. Draw the outline of a Christmas tree on a sheet of felt. Our trees were about 4″ (10 cm) tall. This is big enough to fit lots of buttons but small enough that the felt can support the weight of the buttons.
  2. Have an adult cut out the shape of the Christmas tree in the green felt. This step can be done before starting the craft with the kids to save a bit of time and keep the scissors out of the area.
    • You don’t need to stick with tree shapes – You could create anything, really! Snowmen and gift boxes are the first things that come to mind.
  3. Place dabs of glue on the felt where the buttons will go. Older children may be able to apply glue themselves while younger preschoolers will need an adult to do this step.
    • Be sure to only put glue where you’ll stick decorations so that there’s no glue residue on your little tree!
  4. Place buttons on the glue to decorate the felt Christmas tree.
  5. Let the glue dry.
  6. Attach a loop of ribbon onto the Christmas tree to make a hanging ornament. Either have an adult poke a small hole in the fabric to tie the ribbon through or use more glue to affix a loop of ribbon onto the back of the top of the tree.
  7. Hang your button trees and enjoy your new decorations!

*Note: We kept our button ornaments pretty simple by sticking with just one color of felt. You could also glue a brown tree trunk on by cutting out small brown felt rectangles.

There we go! Now you have lovely green felt Christmas tree ornaments to make with your preschoolers.

Green craft felt for ornament craft
Preschooler making button christmas tree ornaments at craft time
Planning where to place buttons
Felt christmas tree craft for toddlers
Making preschool Christmas tree ornaments with buttons
Glueing buttons onto green felt christmas tree
preschool Christmas tree ornaments
preschool Christmas tree ornament craft for toddlers
Dabs of glue on felt tree for buttons
Glueing buttons onto tree ornaments with toddler
preschool Christmas tree ornaments with button decorations
Preschool christmas craft - button tree

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