When I was in 2nd grade, Nanny gave me my first chapter book. It was a copy of Little House in the Big Woods that she bought at a garage sale. That began a love of all things Laura Ingalls Wilder. I found out that she and I shared a birthday, and felt an even stronger kinship with this girl from long ago. I devoured each book in the series as soon as I found a copy, until I’d read them all. Then I read them over and over until I knew each story by heart. One of my favorite parts was in On the Banks of Plum Creek, when Pa took Mary and Laura to visit an abandoned Indian camp. They collected the beads that were scattered there, then brought them home and strung them along with some of Ma’s buttons to make a button string necklace for their baby sister, Carrie. As I was making chicken wire Christmas trees, that story came to mind, and I knew I had to decorate one of my trees with my own version of Carrie’s Button String.
I bought a pack of Christmasy buttons and wooden beads. I strung them onto organza ribbon, tying some of the buttons to keep them spaced the way I wanted them.
I took a needle and thread and stitched through the end of the ribbon several times, gathering it tight at the end so that it would fit through the small holes in the buttons and beads and then left the needle attached to make it easier.
I’m a little OCD about patterns, so I laid the buttons and beads out just as I wanted them before stringing, but it would be just as cute if you or your children just strung them randomly. (Yes, I enjoy working on things like this in the middle of the floor, so that’s my not-too-clean carpet. Just keeping it real.)
When my string seemed long enough, I tied the ribbon around the buttons at each end. I decided to cut a strip of the jute fabric I had left from my Hanging Candy Cane Holder to place around the tree as a type of garland. Then I draped my button string around the tree, tying it here and there with red gingham ribbon to hold it in place. I also used the gingham ribbon to tie a few buttons in spaces that looked too empty.
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