Last year I found instructions on making a Christmas tree pin with small shank buttons and wire. I made some and sold most of them at a neighborhood craft show. then forgot about them until this holiday season started to roll around. I searched everywhere for the directions--on the web, in my bookmarks, in my magazines--to no avail. So they were created from memory and are for sale in my Etsy shop, autena.
They are rather abstract and I have used some non-traditional holiday colors, like aqua and peach.
For the top of the tree, only rhinestones or mother of pearl would do, except for one that has a gold crown on a red button!
Now you'll never guess what happened--or maybe you will. I was looking through my documents on the computer for something else as I wrote this and, sure enough came upon the directions! Wouldn't you know it? But that's great because now I can share them also.
I dare not reprint them without permission, but will give out the link to the download ($1.95).
They were in the December, 2000 issue of Bead and Button magazine.