March 09, 2020

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How To Make Your Own Doll Sized Buttons

Make Your Own Buttons

Welcome to the wonderful world of baking buttons! In this tutorial, we will teach you to make your own one-of-a-kind tiny doll size buttons using shrink paper such as Shrinky Dinks®. 

Be sure to read to the end and enter our giveaway for a chance to win the Button Making Bundle!

This tutorial was created by Chris Saunders of Love U Bunches and first appeared in the All Buttoned Up Pattern.

You only need a few supplies and a little bit of time to make unique-to-you designer buttons!

Let's talk about the supplies you will need:

Make Your Own Buttons Supplies

  • Shrinky Dinks® paper or Grafix® film (or shrink paper/film by another manufacturer). Paper (or film) comes in clear, frosted, opaque, and ink jet printer compatible. Quality and shrink results vary from brand to brand, especially the ink jet products. Please read product reviews before purchasing. Buy Shrinky Dinks® Paper Now
  • Scissors or punches. Punches are nice to have and they guarantee a round shape for your button. They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • 1/4" hole punch. You will need a regular hole punch to punch the buttonholes. 
  • Permanent markers. You do not want the color to fade or wash off. I used ultra fine permanent markers for outlines on small designs. If you are coloring in large areas, you will want a permanent marker with a wider tip.
  • Sealant. For pieces that will be handled often. Designer note: I did not use sealant on any of my projects; however, it is a nice option to seal in the color. 
  • Parchment paper or heavy brown paper wrapping paper to place the buttons on for baking.
  • Cookie sheet. The buttons must be on a cookie sheet. Baking in a pan with high sides (i.e., cake pan) will result in uneven heating and ill-shaped buttons.
  • Small ceramic or glass bowl (or cup). It must have a flat bottom. Sometimes the buttons do not bake completely flat. You will use the bottom of the bowl to flatten them out.
  • Oven (or toaster oven), cookie sheet, oven mitt. Shrink paper "bakes" at a relatively low temperature, but your hands will still need protection from the heat.
  • Timer (optional). Follow the directions on the shrink paper packaging. Your buttons will be in the oven from one to three minutes.

Note: The following steps describe how to make round buttons that will end up being approximately 5/8" wide. They are a good size for the All Buttoned Up sundress; 3/4" buttons also look nice! You can use the same steps for any shape or size you desire! It's all up to YOU!

*****Please read through all of the directions before you start*****

Step 1: Practice

Make Your Own Buttons Swatch

When working with shrink paper, what you see before baking is not necessarily what you get! Some colors get brighter when they shrink and some get darker. Take a moment and bake a color swatch. A thin, light layer of marker is best. If the ink is too thick, it will chip.

Step 2: Trace template onto shrink paper

Make Your Own Buttons With Shrink Paper

Note: Templates can be downloaded from the All Buttoned Up Dress Pattern. Templates are a helpful tool to make your button making process go smoothly, but you can also make your own buttons just fine by carefully drawing the shapes you want based on the measurements given below. 

Unless you want the traced outlines to show, use a pencil for tracing. Erase lines before baking.

Option A: For opaque paper

Cut out the 1.5" circle template, or create your own guide by measuring a 1.5" circle. Punch out the buttonholes and place the template on the shrink paper. Trace around it. Be sure to mark the buttonholes.

Option B: For clear or frosted paper

Place the clear/frosted paper over the button shape on the template page and trace the shape, or draw your own shape onto the paper. Mark the buttonhole locations.

Step 3: Get creative!

Make Your Own Buttons

Using permanent markers, design and color your buttons. Remember, the buttons will shrink approximately 50%. Consider shrinkage as you design. Very detailed designs may lose their impact after they shrink.

If you are using frosted/sanded paper, draw on the rough side of the paper.

If you are using shiny/smooth paper, allow ink to dry before adding a second color ink.

Wet ink will smear.

Step 4: Cut out button

Make Your Own Baked Buttons

Cut or punch out your button and the button holes.

Don't forget the buttonholes! You cannot punch buttonholes after baking!

Step 5: Prepare for "baking"

Preheat oven to temperature recommended on the package. For my oven, I set the temperature at 300 degrees and baked for 3 minutes.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place the buttons on top of the paper. The colored side should be up.

Step 6: "Bake" your buttons

Make Your Own Buttons In The Oven

Put the cookie sheet with the buttons on it in the oven for the time recommended on the packaging. Place it on the middle rack. Time will vary based on your oven.

Check progress every minute or so. Use your oven mitt and remove the cookie tray from the oven at the recommended elapsed time or when they are flat. You may see them curl and jump around a bit. This is normal!

If your buttons are not completely flat when you remove them, use a small ceramic/glass bowl to flatten them out.

Reminder: The buttons will be hot when you remove them from the oven! They cool off quickly, but be careful not to burn yourself.

Step 7: Attach buttons

Make Your Own Buttons For Doll Clothes

Sew your buttons onto your dolly garment and make something that is truly unique!

Shrink infoIn general, your buttons will shrink anywhere from 30% to 50%.

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 Shop Our Pattern Collection for Sewing With Buttons

Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns With Buttons

Now that you have learned to make your own buttons, unleash your creativity with our collection of patterns that feature buttons

ENTER TO WIN the Button Making Bundle 

To enter this week's contest, simply click the link below and then enter through the giveaway widget at the bottom of the blog post, there are many things you can do to earn multiple entry points!

The Button Making Bundle Includes:

  • Shrinky Dinks® 10 Clear Sheets
  • Shrinky Dinks® 6 Printed Patterns Sheets (stripes, polka dots, and more)
  • 24 Fine Point Sharpie® Permanent Markers in "Electro Pop" Colors
  • 1.5" Round Craft Punch

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100 Comments

Susan
Susan

March 11, 2020

This is such a great opportunity to explore lots of creative ways to complete a doll’s outfit and make it uniquely your own. My granddaughter will love having one-of-a-kind buttons on her doll’s dresses AND she will love helping to design them herself, too! A great way to help foster her imagination and creativity. Thank you for these instructions and for the chance to win the tools to make it happen.

Erni
Erni

March 11, 2020

I would love making matchy, matchy buttons.

Jeri
Jeri

March 11, 2020

This is a great idea! I’d like to make buttons that compliment that fabric I’m using – maybe just a coordinating color or an object (animal, toy, flower, etc.). Thank you for a great tutorial!

Connie
Connie

March 11, 2020

I would love to make buttons to coordinate with the fabric.

Vicki J.
Vicki J.

March 11, 2020

I would make solid colored buttons, polka dot buttons and maybe buttons with a different color around the outer edge.

Jeanne
Jeanne

March 11, 2020

I love this idea. Not sure what im going to try yet but can’t wait. Thank you for all you do.

Marie
Marie

March 11, 2020

This is a great idea!! We can make anything exactly the way we want it and any size we want it! The colors shapes and sizes are endless! We are limited to what is sold to us for buttons but these kits have unlimited options for us!! I have used small buttons on doll clothes and little quilts and these kits can help with the quilts too!! Plus it will be a lot of FUN!! Thank you Chris Saunders and Pixie Faire For these awesome ideas! I never would have thought of this!

Marie
Marie

March 11, 2020

This is a great idea!! We can make anything exactly the way we want it and any size we want it! The colors shapes and sizes are endless! We are limited to what is sold to us for buttons but these kits have unlimited options for us!! I have used small buttons on doll clothes and little quilts and these kits can help with the quilts too!! Plus it will be a lot of FUN!! Thank you Chris Saunders and Pixie Faire For these awesome ideas! I never would have thought of this!

Cheryl R
Cheryl R

March 11, 2020

Oh how fun it would be to take a motif from a cotton print and make complimentary buttons for the outfit!

Diane R
Diane R

March 11, 2020

I would like to make smaller buttons to go on doll shoes.

Linda Badurek
Linda Badurek

March 10, 2020

I’d like to make some butterfly buttons to go on a yellow sundress!

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

March 10, 2020

I think I’d like to make buttons in bow shapes, but surely will think of many others – fun tutorial! Thanks so much, Pixie Faire Team!!!

D’Net Layton
D’Net Layton

March 10, 2020

I would make buttons that mimicked the print of the fabric. What a fun idea!

Dulce Kappler
Dulce Kappler

March 10, 2020

I’d like to make flower and animal buttons…perhaps some little ducks to add to a doll robe and slippers. How cute and personal too!

Kathy
Kathy

March 10, 2020

I love this idea. I have wanted special buttons at times that I can not find at the stores. Right now I need some cotton candy buttons for an outfit I am making.

Mae Lynn Beck
Mae Lynn Beck

March 10, 2020

I would like to make flower and animal shaped buttons. Fun idea!

Diane Lavender
Diane Lavender

March 10, 2020

This looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to try to make some buttons, and plan to teach my granddaughters how. One has been looking for an idea for an educational presentation for 4-H. This may be just the right thing.

Julie-Anne
Julie-Anne

March 10, 2020

I’d like to make buttons to match fabrics such as cupcake buttons, balloon buttons, smiley face buttons and make them in proportion to the doll I’m making an outfit for.

Marylin
Marylin

March 10, 2020

I would like to make fancy buttons such as unicorns and rainbows for my granddaughter.

Suzi
Suzi

March 10, 2020

What a fun way to make buttons! I would make some animal buttons – tiny ones!

Maria L B
Maria L B

March 10, 2020

This is so great!!!! being able to do fabric matching buttons are a dream come true! Thanks for the opportunity

jacquie Corrigan
jacquie Corrigan

March 10, 2020

Little flower buttons or kitty cat faces would be so fun to make!

Eddie
Eddie

March 10, 2020

I love the great outdoors so I would like to l learn how to make buttons of flowers and leaves.

Linda
Linda

March 10, 2020

always looking for buttons to match outfits these would be so ideal………

Kathy
Kathy

March 10, 2020

Oh this would be so fun to make some buttons. I would like to make some buttons to decorate my shoes and maybe use them on a matching outfit too.

Vicky Wells
Vicky Wells

March 10, 2020

I would love to make flower buttons and matching small buttons for doll outfits for my granddaughter. Thanks so much.

Marian
Marian

March 10, 2020

I love this idea. I hake such unique things sometimes… this would be perfect to finish the look. Thanks!!! I would make buttons to match my very eclectic fabric.

Sharon
Sharon

March 10, 2020

I would like to make buttons that completely match the outfit. Usually I have to dig through my stash or look through countless buttons at the store for just the right ones.

Sara
Sara

March 10, 2020

They are so cute

Peg
Peg

March 10, 2020

What a clever idea it is hard to find small buttons sometimes

Pat
Pat

March 10, 2020

Special shapes would be so much fun to make and add to clothes.

Cindy T
Cindy T

March 10, 2020

I wold love to make colored buttons! Such a wonderful idea.

Patricia
Patricia

March 10, 2020

I’d love to get some use out of my huge package of Sharpee markers! And make custom buttons to match the doll outfits I make for Stitchin’ for Kids, a non-profit.

Christine
Christine

March 10, 2020

I would like to make button in fun shapes to match the outfits.

Lisa
Lisa

March 10, 2020

This is great. I don’t know how to make buttons like this. I can’t wait to learn.
Thanks for another great idea.

Mary Hughes
Mary Hughes

March 10, 2020

Making buttons looks like fun!

Carmelita
Carmelita

March 10, 2020

I would make buttons that encourage little ones to learn not from around us but from things we see in our minds.

Nadine
Nadine

March 10, 2020

I would love to make some little flower buttons!

Patti Z
Patti Z

March 10, 2020

It would be so adorable to make buttons that match the contrasting material on whatever outfit I would be making.

Dorisanne
Dorisanne

March 10, 2020

I would love to make birthday and holiday buttons to match the fabrics that I have.

joyce
joyce

March 10, 2020

i would like to make wildflowers in bright cheerful colors.

Char
Char

March 10, 2020

Great idea. I would like to make buttons to match outfits and also animal shapes.
Thank you for the tutorial.

Beth P
Beth P

March 10, 2020

I would like to make buttons that match the clothes I make.

Fran Renton
Fran Renton

March 10, 2020

Shrinks dink’s are so wonderful. My daughter and I use to make zoo animals when she was a little girl. It would bring back wonderful memories to make tiny zoo animal buttons. I would also do plaid buttons because I love plaids for little girls.

Charity
Charity

March 10, 2020

I think making some nerdy buttons would be fun – like little leaf-shaped buttons like the brooches on cloaks in Lord of the Rings, or Pokeballs, or Dr. Who’s Tardis!

Doreen
Doreen

March 10, 2020

I’d love to make a dog button.

Moi
Moi

March 10, 2020

What a great idea! I’d love to make buttons coordinating with the fabric I was using.

Rita P
Rita P

March 10, 2020

I would like to make butterfly buttons.

Carol Lippe
Carol Lippe

March 10, 2020

I would like to make flowers.

Kathy Swopes
Kathy Swopes

March 10, 2020

This is a great idea, never would have thought of it. I would make different shapes, buttons are very expensive.

Mary
Mary

March 10, 2020

I am amazed at the creative and talented people that think up these crafts. Cool to do multi color buttons that match just right!

Lawana
Lawana

March 10, 2020

Sounds like fun. Would enjoy having the button kit.

SARAH K
SARAH K

March 10, 2020

I would like to make all kinds of buttons. May be that I could adjust the sizes for other sewing projects such as baby, children, and adult clothing. The principle should be the same. Thanks for so many creative ideas you offer so help us make quality items.

Mendy
Mendy

March 10, 2020

Awesome idea, never thought of this but remember shrinky dinks from my teen days. Will have to try this one.

linda ladd
linda ladd

March 10, 2020

It is something I would like to try!

Debi
Debi

March 10, 2020

I would like to make buttons that would match the clothes I make. That would be lots of fun!!!

BevM
BevM

March 10, 2020

I would like to make buttons to match printed fabrics. I like the shaped buttons, too.

Teresa-Jo
Teresa-Jo

March 10, 2020

When there’s an opportunity, I would like to make square buttons in matching colors to the outfits I make.

stephenie delaney
stephenie delaney

March 10, 2020

great idea

Karin
Karin

March 10, 2020

I have used shrinky dink for other things over the years and never even considered making buttons for the doll clothes! What an amazing idea – I will start with round buttons, but hope to move into the ones you have shown in different shapes (the dogs are adorable)!

Kelly P
Kelly P

March 10, 2020

This is really cool! I have never seen this product in my local stores. I’d love to make heart-shaped and dog-shaped buttons, plus any specialty-color button to match fabric in play clothes for dolls. I’d love to try this product!

Frances Hopper
Frances Hopper

March 10, 2020

So cool! Thank you

Monya
Monya

March 10, 2020

I want to try this to make more unique doll clothes!

JUDY
JUDY

March 10, 2020

Just last week I needed gingham check buttons so that’ would be my first choice.

Wanda
Wanda

March 10, 2020

I will experiment with round buttons first and then other shapes.

Laurie
Laurie

March 10, 2020

Thanks for the chance to win!

candy
candy

March 10, 2020

being able to match the buttons to the outfit is great.

Bonny
Bonny

March 10, 2020

Ive not seen anyone use Shrinky Dinks for years. What a great idea to brighten up the doll clothes we make. I’m always struggling to find buttons to match the dresses I make for my grand-daughters and their doll. Thank you for your great idea and how to instructions.

Toni
Toni

March 10, 2020

I would like to make fun buttons for all of the my doll outfits, it will help my creativity go just a little farther. Colors will just bloom like flowers from the fabrics; will have to try the shrink method. Thank you for the idea.

Sue
Sue

March 10, 2020

I would make flowers, dogs, cats, bunnies and birds.

Maryanne
Maryanne

March 10, 2020

What a neat idea. I’d like to make just the right button anytime.

Judy McP
Judy McP

March 10, 2020

I would probably do a solid color but in a nice small doll size.

Judy McP
Judy McP

March 10, 2020

This is the best give away yet!

Pam rovelli
Pam rovelli

March 10, 2020

Love learning new crafts, especially for my dolls. It keeps my dolls looking fantastic, at the same time helps to keep my brain sharp! 😁
Thanks, Cinnamon, for all you do!

Maryanne
Maryanne

March 10, 2020

I d like to be able to make just the right size button in the colour I want. Awesome idea.

SHERRY
SHERRY

March 10, 2020

I like to match my fabric, this looks like fun.

Pam rovelli
Pam rovelli

March 10, 2020

Love learning new crafts, especially for my dolls. It keeps my dolls looking fantastic, at the same time helps to keep my brain sharp! 😁

Claire
Claire

March 10, 2020

This is so creative, I can so so many applications. I often struggle to find appropriate (color, size) for small articles such as doll clothes, I love it!

Cora
Cora

March 10, 2020

Would love to try this out. We made swaps out of this for Girl Scouts. I searched many sites for ladybug buttons last summer. Making my own would be very helpful.

Diane
Diane

March 10, 2020

I’d love to be able to make buttons to match outfits perfectly.

Deirdre
Deirdre

March 10, 2020

I would love to try to make faux pewter buttons and clasps.

Debbie H
Debbie H

March 10, 2020

I would enjoy making buttons for the doll outfits I am currently sewing. Thank you.

Renée
Renée

March 10, 2020

I think it would be fun to make sets of buttons that spell out the child’s or even the doll’s name.

Beth
Beth

March 10, 2020

I would make buttons to match the prints in the fabric of the clothes.

DianeKae
DianeKae

March 10, 2020

What a perfect addition to customizing outfits!

Renée
Renée

March 10, 2020

I think it would be fun to make sets of buttons that spell out the child’s or even the film’s name!

Monique
Monique

March 10, 2020

Cant wait to try making buttons. Thanks for the info. Monique

Vicki
Vicki

March 10, 2020

I would like to make small shirt buttons and decorative buttons for jumpers.

Nancy
Nancy

March 10, 2020

I’d like to make lots of patterns and colors-especially bright colors and crazy designs

al harker
al harker

March 10, 2020

I am excited to make buttons that will match the outfit.

Charla
Charla

March 10, 2020

I think this is great. there are so many outfits that need buttons and the stores do not have that many to choose from especially in the size for the AG dolls. This will let me be able to make whatever shape I want and make them to match the outfits.

Maureen W.
Maureen W.

March 10, 2020

Emoji buttons; Animal buttons; Flower buttons for birthday months; Angel/lil Devil buttons; I can think of a lot more …but I’d better ‘button my lip’ as this is a post not a blog!! Thankyou!!

Andrea
Andrea

March 10, 2020

I would like to make puppy and kitten buttons for clothes and leather covered for their coats.

Elaine Cooper
Elaine Cooper

March 10, 2020

My grand daughter would love this!!!

Michele
Michele

March 10, 2020

I am the junior advisor for a West Michigan group of the Michigan button society. The kids have made polymer clay buttons and learned how to cover buttons with fabric they will love this!

Michele
Michele

March 10, 2020

I am the junior advisor for a West Michigan group of the Michigan button society. The kids have made polymer clay buttons and learned how to cover buttons with fabric they will love this!

Sally
Sally

March 10, 2020

Looks like fun; interesting button shapes are possible.

Gail
Gail

March 10, 2020

These buttons look like so much fun!! I remember using Shrinky Dink plastic when my daughter was small. Would love to use it again to make buttons.

Kay
Kay

March 10, 2020

It doesn’t matter what kind of button I make; I just love buttons!!!

JENNY
JENNY

March 10, 2020

So many applications using this process.

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