Button star ornament

Button star ornament

Who’s Michelle?

Michelle is a married mum with a teenage son, and blogger at The Purple Pumpkin Blog. She writes about several topics including food, crafts, travel, and photography.

Oh the weather outside is frightful... so why not gather up some craft supplies, and make some Christmas decorations with the kids? It's a fun way to spend an afternoon when it's cold and wet outside!

Button Star Ornament

You can buy bags of coloured buttons in craft shops for a few pounds. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. They’re a great opportunity for young children to practice their counting.

You Will Need

  • Polystyrene star (around 10cm wide)
  • White tissue paper
  • Mod Podge (glue and varnish all in one) or PVA glue
  • Paintbrush
  • 16 Red buttons - 1 large, 5 medium, 5 small, 5 tiny
  • Ribbon


1. Tear the tissue paper into pieces; don't worry about them not being even.

2. Apply glue to the star and start sticking down the tissue paper to cover completely.


3. Leave to dry for about an hour or two and then add a layer of glue to seal the tissue paper. Leave to dry completely.

4. If your polystyrene shape doesn’t come ready to hang, push a skewer very carefully through the shape, and then thread the ribbon through, tying it off to form a loop (this isn’t a job for the kids).


5. Decorate the star with the buttons, lay out a design first before applying the glue. Leave to dry.


6. You’re ready to hang your star on the Christmas tree!