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How To-sday - Wooden Branch Buttons

I took full advantage of winter break at my parents' house. They have a spacious garage chock full of every tool imaginable, and I was in heaven. I took the dogs out for a walk to the park one afternoon and found a couple perfect branches, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make these darling little buttons!


  • How to make a wooden branch button. Wooden Branch Buttons - Step 1
    Step 1

    Begin by using a sharp tool or a pencil to mark the intervals where your buttons will be cut. You want them to be relatively thin, but they should not be so thin that they risk snapping. I found that they should be at least 1/8" thick. I marked next to my notches in yellow so that you can see them more clearly.

  • How to make a wooden branch button. Wooden Branch Buttons - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut the end of the branch using the hacksaw or electric table saw. The project is admittedly far more tedious when sawing by hand, but I wanted to show that this could be done without any major tool investment. If you do have an electric saw, I would recommend using that for expediency. Of course watch your fingers, and wear your safety glasses!

  • How to make a wooden branch button. Wooden Branch Buttons - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place the sawed end of the branch over the edge of your work surface, and saw through the first line you've marked off. Once you've sawed that button off, continue until you have as many as you'd like.

  • How to make a wooden branch button. Wooden Branch Buttons - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using your drill or Dremel with a very fine drill bit, carefully position your bit just left of center and drill through the button. I drilled atop an old piece of wood to protect my work surface. Repeat with the other side of the button to create two holes for sewing. If you prefer the look, then you can drill four holes instead.

  • How to make a wooden branch button. Wooden Branch Buttons - Step 5
    Step 5

    One you've drilled through all your buttons, lightly buff each side with sandpaper to remove any edges that could snag clothing or other fabric.

  • How to make a wooden branch button. Wooden Branch Buttons - Step 6
    Step 6

    After sanding, simply polish each button on both sides with a wood product, such as furniture polish or the like. This will seal the buttons a bit and give them a more 'finished' look. I used Murphy Oil Soap on mine because it was all I had on hand, but it's really more to clean than polish. I'd recommend a polish or wax for this step.

  • How to make a wooden branch button. Wooden Branch Buttons - Step 7
    Step 7

    There you have it - as many cute little wooden buttons as you'll ever want. You don't need to buy any expensive tools, and you'll save a lot in the long run over ordering wooden buttons online.

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Jdee M.
Jdee M. · Birmingham, Alabama, US
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · Edinburgh, Scotland, GB · 1221 projects
These are really awesome. What a simple but beautiful idea!
Kachina K.
Kachina K.
these are so cool and came out so nicely! I have seen them go really expensive in the craft stores, for little ones!!!!!!
Hachidori · 14 projects
This is a wonderful idea! I'm going to do this at work! How fantastic!
olais g.
olais g.
howwww cute
Raven W.
Raven W. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 70 projects
Nice one HappyI've made similar in the past, think there's still one sitting on my desk somewhere lol. For a smoother look I'd recommend a tenon saw and a mitre box so you get consistent vertical cuts. For the best cut, get a Japanese style flush-cut pull saw, they are the ultimate in smooth cutting and mine cost less than £10

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I am absolutely in love with this...
Melva · Perth, Western Australia, AU · 12 projects
So simple and a wonderful idea
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
Thats a great idea, very eco friendly, plus they are looking UBER cool...
Elizabeth-the-Eclectic · Torreón, Coahuila, MX · 5 projects
Are you latin? Vivir- the tatoo on your wrist, spanish verb ''to live''. I think this branch has found- or you have given it, a new way to live now that it's fallen from the tree.
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