Christmas Activities for Kids: Button Christmas Tree

This button Christmas tree has become one of my favorite Christmas activities for kids! It provides a great way for kids to practice fine motor skills and encourages creativity and independence as well. This felt Christmas tree is super easy to make, and can even second as Christmas decor when it’s not being used!

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Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids- Decorate the Button Tree! ~

*This post was originally published on November 24, 2014 and has since been updated.


Theo has been showing a lot of interest in practicing fine motor skills like buttoning, snapping, and zipping, so I decided to create a homemade toy for him focusing on buttoning practice. Since I love using felt to make toys (like our tooth fairy pillow and stuffed felt letters), I knew felt would be my go-to fabric for this project too. Felt is just so easy to use and so forgiving!  (This post contains affiliate links.)


How to Make a Button Christmas Tree

 Materials for Button Christmas Tree

Directions for Making Your Button Christmas Tree

1. Cut out two Christmas trees from your green felt. Be sure they are identical since one will be the front and one will be the back.


2. Sew buttons all over one of the trees. (I used embroidery floss to sew the buttons.)


sew buttons on your felt christmas tree


3. If you want your tree to have a trunk, cut out two brown rectangles and sew them onto the bottom of each tree. (I think the tree would also look cute without a trunk!)


sew a brown trunk onto your felt tree


If sewing by hand: Stack your tree pieces together so the front and back are facing out. Pin in place. Use your needle and embroidery floss to sew around the edges using either a whip stitch or blanket stitch. Leave an opening to stuff your tree. Skip to direction #4


If using a sewing machine:

– Stack your trees so the front and back are facing inward (like the tree is inside out). Pin in place.

pin your felt tree before sewing


– Sew around the outside of your tree leaving a 1/4 inch border. Leave an opening so you can turn your Christmas tree  right-side out.


sew around the edge of your felt tree

– Trim off any large edges or corners. Turn your tree right-side out. I stuck a pencil into the tree and used it to push out those hard-to-reach places and corners.


4. Stuff your Christmas tree.


stuff your tree


5. Sew the hole closed using any method you’d prefer. (Here’s a tutorial if you’re interested in sewing an invisible seam.)


felt button Christmas Tree

How to Make the Ornaments

To make the ornaments simply cut out felt circles in different colors. Make a little snip in the center of each one so it can be buttoned onto the tree.


cut felt circles to make ornaments

Playing with the Button Christmas Tree

Kids can decorate the felt Christmas tree with all kinds of ornaments by just buttoning them on. The tree can be decorated and redecorated over and over- a great way to combine fine motor practice with creativity! It also makes the perfect quiet time activity!


Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids- Decorate the Button Tree! ~



DIY Felt Button Christmas Tree: Easy sewing project for older kids and adults! Makes a colorful holiday decoration and fine motor activity for kids too! ~


  1. I love this idea. An apple tree would be fun, too!

  2. I love this. My daughter would find it fun and she would be getting practice with buttons. Great tutorial.

  3. What a great project to do with kids…thank you! Lori (visiting from Creative Friday)

  4. Such a fun activity! Love it! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you stop by again next week!


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