How to Make a Button Advent Calendarcomments (9) November 30th, 2012
Glue the felt to the cone with craft glue, trimming the felt as needed for a snug fit. Allow to dry. Add some rickrack (or any other embellishment you like).
Make the Topper
Your two largest buttons will serve as a tree-topper. Begin by adding the stitching detail we covered earlier.
Then, use E-6000 to glue the buttons together back-to-back. Sandwich the eye of a long sewing needle between the buttons, making sure the eye is lying flat against the button surface.
If your buttons are not flat on the back, then add a little ring of pipecleaner between them as shown. This will fill in the gaps and make your topper sturdier. (If your buttons are flat-backed, and fit together with no gaps, you can skip the pipecleaner.)
Place the topper on a flat surface and watch it for about 10 minutes to make sure the buttons don't slide while the glue is curing.
Allow the assembled topper to dry for 24 hours before handling.
Anchor the Tree
Your Advent calendar will rest on a thrift-store saucer, which keeps all the button-ornaments in one place. However, since styrofoam is so lightweight, let's add a little detail to keep your tree from tipping over. Place three or four Velcro dots on the bottom of the tree, as shown. Then, stick the other side of the Velcro dots to the saucer. Now your tree is anchored in place but can still be removed from the saucer for easier packing later.
Assemble the Advent!
With the tree anchored to the saucer, place the button ornaments in the saucer around the base. Stick the topper into the tip of the tree. Now you're ready to use it!
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