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Branch out and button up with this crafty tree creation

Branch out and button up with this crafty tree creation

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Trees are marvelous works of art. This one is sure to grow on you as you shape its trunk and branches, then fill it in with button leaves.

What you need

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20-by-20-inch canvas

Brown acrylic paint

Art brushes

Brown puffy paint

Hot glue gun and glue sticks or permanent craft adhesive

Craft buttons

What you do

1. Using a pencil, lightly sketch the trunk and main branches of a tree on the canvas.

2. Paint the trunk and main branches, filing in the pencil drawing. With a thin brush, paint some smaller branches.

3. Allow to dry.

4. Using puffy paint, add texture lines to trunk and main branches. If you still have enough puffy paint, apply to a few smaller branches for dimension.

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Puffy paint adds texture to the branches on your button tree.

5. Allow puffy paint to dry.

6. Arrange varying sizes and colors of buttons on the canvas to mimic “leaves” on the branches. Once you’re happy with your design, glue buttons in place.

7. Let glue dry completely before handling canvas.

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kiley.cruse@owh.com, 402-444-1374

Omaha World-Herald: Inspired Living

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