These are what I call grubby buttons. Usually metal, some are wood but a lot of the paint is worn off. I used to make primitive snowmen with these grubby buttons.
I painted two styrofoam cones with acrylic dark gray paint. One was 6 1/2" and one was 8 1/2" tall.
You have seen button trees on a styrofoam cone, haven't you? On Pinterest? I have pinned them. They are all beautiful, and they use pins with large plastic heads. I didn't want the plastic head look with worn metal buttons, and I didn't want to glue them on like I did with my Easter button eggs.
On the button Easter eggs, I used fast set tacky glue.
Without the plastic pinheads, the pins went right though the holes, so I toed them in on a diagonal. This worked well, and it went fairly fast.
Here are the grubby button trees on Jello mold rings.
I dabbed dark gray and platinum acrylic paint on two rusty tin stars for the tree tops. A vintage aluminum measuring cup holds a grubby snowball.
The grubby button trees are in a cubby over my kitchen sink.
Rustic grubby button trees!
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