How to make tree branch buttons

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!


  1. Oh I love these buttons! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Your buttons are beautiful! We have a whole woodful of trees and I've been meaning to do this for so long. I am prompted again to try! Thank you!

  3. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the How To!

  4. I want to make these. I'm just worried my dog meant eat them. At least they aren't toxic.

  5. I love these buttons, I saw some on a crocheted mug warmer and fellin love. So started searching how to make them and found you!~ Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!
    I love handmade wooden buttons and have been wanting to try and make them for a long time. After reading your tutorial I have actually begun! The polish is lovely too! Makes all the difference!
    Love (from Holland), Ineke

  7. I'd love to try some but I need a participant with a chop saw...... what exactly is a chop saw! ;) I will however try a few with my little hand saw. Thanks for this. x