Make this apple tree craft with buttons, or almost any other kind of art supplies or craft materials! This button tree craft is also a great fine motor activity and teacher gift idea that kids can make.
Invite children to make a button tree that looks like an apple tree with this fun craft idea. Gluing buttons to make this apple tree craft can help preschoolers and kindergarteners strengthen their fine motor muscles to help prepare them for writing, and more advanced handwork activities, such as sewing a button.
A button tree with apple buttons makes a fun fall craft and a unique apple-themed gift idea for a teacher. For more apple craft ideas, have a look at this fun roundup of fall art projects for kids!
How to Make a Button Art Apple Tree
Invite children to make a button art tree for a fun apple-themed activity for kids. My daughter and I made our button art tree after going on a field trip to an apple orchard last year–it was a blast!
You can also try teaching your children how to sew a button tree with the same buttons used for this button apple tree project. Just click on the link above for the hand-sewn button tree DIY details. For more apple art and craft ideas, have a look at this fun roundup of fall art projects for kids!
Apple Tree Craft Supplies
- Assorted green buttons
- Multi-colored apple buttons, or red apple buttons
- FREE Apple tree craft template
- Canvas printer paper or cardstock (canvas printer paper is featured in photos above and below)
- Rustic photo frame (optional)
How to make a Button Tree: Step by Step Button Art Instructions
Use this simple button tree tutorial to create your own button art collage in the shape of an apple tree! Or, use almost any other type of art or craft supplies to create an apple tree crown.
Related: Apple Craft
Step 1 – Draw or paint the base of an apple tree, or, download and print the FREE Apple tree art template
Invite children to draw or paint the base of an apple tree, or download the free tree art & craft template and print it onto canvas paper or cardstock.
In the photo below, the printable canvas paper is pictured in the image on the right, while cardstock is featured in the apple tree on the left.
STEP 2 – Glue buttons above the base of the button tree trunk to create the crown of the apple tree
Create the crown of the apple tree with a combination of green buttons and apple buttons. Or, use an alternative craft supply to complete the apple tree such as construction paper, tissue paper, or tempera paint. Next, glue the apple buttons and the assorted green buttons (or alternative) onto the paper above the trunk to fill out the apple tree in whatever way suits your fancy.
Step 3 – Place button tree craft into a frame (optional)
Frame your button craft to hang it or give it away as a gift. For example, we placed the button apple tree that our daughter made into one of these gorgeous rustic brown photo frames and gave it to her teacher as an apple-themed teacher gift.
Related: Apple Orchard Field Trip Ideas for Kids.
Apple Tree Craft and Gift Idea Kids Can Make
Once finished, hang this gorgeous apple tree art on the wall or give it to your child’s favorite teacher! You can also try teaching your children how to sew a button apple tree with the same buttons. Click the link to learn more.
For more fun fall art and craft ideas for kids, be sure to check out our fall bucket list of fun fall activities.
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