I've had a history of making Christmas decorations out of buttons... and since I have several big jars of mother of pearl buttons, I've used them a time or two. Here's a felt wreath covered with tiny shell buttons. There are also a few gold victorian buttons sprinkled in.
This is a small ornament made from two inch and a half pierced shell buttons mounted on a foam core disk, wrapped with a ribbon around the circumference and decorated with gold beads affixed with gold pins. I made a bunch about 20 years ago and this one survives.
Here's the front and back of an ornament made from a huge covered button and trimmed with ribbon, cording and smaller buttons. Although I once made many ornate and embellished victorian style ornaments of this type, this one is covered with a vintage 50s kitchen print.
Here's a button decoration contribution from one of my children. (Kids, if you're reading this, which one of you made it?) A Christmas tree banner decorated with all kinds of buttons. At the hanger you'll find the largest button I've ever seen - a ginormous three inch carved mother of pearl beauty.
An old "feather" tree made many moons ago out of a vintage wooden spool,
straight pieces of wired evergreen, and a dowel.
Glue gunned old buttons all over it.
Crowned with a clear celluloid button trimmed with a now oxidized copper star...
somehow, I haven't really gotten tired of my button tree yet.
Last of all, I'd like to introduce you to the button man. He's been hanging around our Christmas tree for a couple of decades and we all like to style him in flamboyant poses. Made from stacks of buttons on wire with a wooden button hat, he seems to have a French flair about him Pierre, the flamboyant button man says, "Joyeux Noël!"