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!