Tree branch buttons are a fun and easy project for the whole family...
First, you take a walk through the woods and find a fallen branch from your favorite hardwood tree. Our branch was about 1" in diameter, but you can use whatever size is available. Obviously, larger branches make larger buttons. I don't recommend using branches less than 1/2" in diameter as they tend to split when you drill holes in them.
Next, you find a capable participant (my dad!) to run the chop saw and cut a gazilllion disks about 1/4" thick.
Our branch was still very "green" so we let the disks cure for about a month before drilling, sanding and finishing them.
For the finish, we made a non~toxic beeswax polish from Plain and Joyful Living
, but used coconut oil instead of olive oil. You can see the difference in the buttons below. The polish really brings out the luster and adds a beautiful warm glow!
Don't want to make your own? You can purchase these Cedar Tree Branch Buttons in packs of three at my shop
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