First of all today I have to apologise to Martha - see this link and the comment below. Beware, dear Martha, things are going to get worse over the next few days and your spare time might just be zonked completely if you like what's coming next!!!
OK, first of all I found some half inch buttons with two holes. After a bit of jiggling and wriggling this top button emerged. No, not good enough.
Another search of my tatting cupboard and I found the same size but with four holes. Now things are moving along. That's the second picture.
Still not festive enough and lacking grossly in beads I retired to consult dear brain cell # 3. More tomorrow!!!