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%.

Make Your Own Buttons With Shrink PaperMake Your Own Buttons With Shrink Paper

 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

Contest Details: You enter through the entry form that is embedded on this page and appears just below this paragraph, if you don't see it, be sure to visit the page from your desktop or an alternate browser such as Google Chrome. It may not appear on all mobile devices. The complete rules and entry details appear on the entry form. This is not a comment contest - in other words, leaving a comment on the bottom of this page is not an official entry method. The only required entry method is to leave a comment under this post and then confirm that you did it in the contest widget. One person will receive the Button Making Bundle. You can enter once, or gain multiple entries by completing the other entry methods and increase your chances of winning. Please review all Terms and Conditions on the giveaway page before entering. While we wish we could run this contest everywhere, for legal reasons it is only open to eligible residents of the U.S. and Canada, not including Rhode Island. This contest is exclusively endorsed by Liberty Jane Clothing and Pixie Faire. Not endorsed by or affiliated with Shrinky Dinks®. 

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We'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment and tell us - what kind of buttons would you like to make! Commenting below and confirming your entry in the widget above gives you one entry method, the other methods are listed in the widget above, be sure to enter in as many ways as you can to receive the maximum amount of entries to win one Button Making Bundle!

Thanks, everyone!

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56 Comments

Thresea
Thresea

March 10, 2020

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Jo Ann
Jo Ann

March 10, 2020

Endless button possibilities – planes, trains, automobiles; flora & fauna; vegetables & minerals; hats and shoes; toys and tools … so many ideas for buttons…

Jeanne
Jeanne

March 10, 2020

Scottie dogs….I love them!

Dianne
Dianne

March 10, 2020

I love the little dog buttons. Would like to try all kinds of animals.

Bridgette
Bridgette

March 10, 2020

All shapes and colors!

Cindy
Cindy

March 10, 2020

Maybe some heart buttons!

Bridgette
Bridgette

March 10, 2020

The Scottie dog buttons look very cute! I would like to make them!

Carol
Carol

March 10, 2020

I would like to make buttons to enhance the fabrics I am using! Each outfit would have something different!

cindy
cindy

March 10, 2020

can t wait to try animal print buttons

Lisa W.
Lisa W.

March 10, 2020

👉🏻Scotty dog buttons👈🏻 Yes, please! 🐾

Ramona
Ramona

March 10, 2020

How fun! I’d love to make all kinds of buttons. This could work for “real people” clothes, too!

Sue
Sue

March 10, 2020

Love the buttons!

Judith McCaulley
Judith McCaulley

March 10, 2020

This opens up all kinds of possibilities!

Frances
Frances

March 10, 2020

I’d like to make buttons that have the doll’s name on them!

Heidi
Heidi

March 10, 2020

I like floral buttons.

shelly h
shelly h

March 10, 2020

can’t wait to try this

Maureen Kelly
Maureen Kelly

March 10, 2020

Would like to make custom buttons to make old clothes new again.

Eileen
Eileen

March 10, 2020

I would love to make cat or gingerbread buttons.

Erni
Erni

March 10, 2020

I’m an artist and w poo hold love to create buttons.

Alice Denny
Alice Denny

March 10, 2020

I would love to learn button making. Right this minute I’m waiting on a delivery of tiny buttons from China. It would be nice not to have to buy them

Susan T.
Susan T.

March 10, 2020

I’ve made larger custom buttons for a grandson who’s a dragon fan, but never tried ones for the doll clothes. I can see buttons with a favorite cat or dog for a special outfit.

Pamela
Pamela

March 10, 2020

This is such a clever idea. Thank you for sharing.

Susan
Susan

March 10, 2020

I would make buttons following the beautiful designs of the old china-painted buttons of the 18th century!

Brisja
Brisja

March 10, 2020

What a great idea! I never thought of using shrink paper to make buttons for doll clothes. I’d like to try to make cute shapes I have trouble finding, like carrots, for fun outfits.

Linda A C
Linda A C

March 10, 2020

I would like to make buttons to match the fabric of the item that I am sewing.

Anne D Rice
Anne D Rice

March 10, 2020

What a great idea! I can make buttons to match every outfit. I might even try this for my g-granddaughter.

jacquie
jacquie

March 10, 2020

would like to make something psychedelic.

Tracy
Tracy

March 10, 2020

I would like to make buttons that match design and colors of fabric whether it be a geometric design or an element of the fabric such as an insect, animal etc. I love the idea of matching colors.

Anita
Anita

March 10, 2020

what a darling and fun craft! I could do this with the granddaughter and make colorful roung button for dolls clothes.

Lori
Lori

March 10, 2020

Wow! Sew adorable!

Joy S
Joy S

March 10, 2020

I love this project. I can’t wait to try it out.

liz
liz

March 10, 2020

Such a great idea! Would never have thought to use Shrinky Dinks to make buttons.

James
James

March 10, 2020

I would make coloured buttons to uniquely complement the fabric being used.

Gail Beam
Gail Beam

March 10, 2020

I love the idea of making special buttons for the doll outfits that we make .

Melinda
Melinda

March 10, 2020

I would like to make hearts and colonial style buttons for the George Washington outfit that I plan on making. It needs so many buttons!

Cheryle Turner
Cheryle Turner

March 10, 2020

Buttons are always so difficult to find for the little outfits I make. I’d love to make flowers, hearts, and those Scotties are so tempting, would love to try them.

Ticia
Ticia

March 10, 2020

Something fun and floral sounds good to me right this moment.

Maurine
Maurine

March 10, 2020

I would love to make seasonal buttons that match the fabric of the doll garment I am making.

Sue
Sue

March 10, 2020

I would love to be able to theme match buttons to outfits. Frogs, shells, flowers, anything really. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sergey
Sergey

March 10, 2020

I want to make seazonal buttons

MARY
MARY

March 10, 2020

What a novel thing! Shrinky Dinks have made a comeback!

Cristy
Cristy

March 10, 2020

I would like to make beach themed buttons! Buttons shaped like seashells, sunshine, sunglasses etc…

Tammy
Tammy

March 10, 2020

I would love to make book inspired buttons.

Sharon B.
Sharon B.

March 10, 2020

I love the multi-colored round designs, but the heart looks adorable, too. Looks like a lot of fun!

Teresa
Teresa

March 10, 2020

What a fun idea!!!

Loronda
Loronda

March 10, 2020

Very cute ides. I’d love to make these with my Granddaughter.

Jo
Jo

March 10, 2020

This looks like a fun project to make personalized buttons for my doll clothes. Thank you!

Donna Landreth
Donna Landreth

March 10, 2020

I think that would be fun to do. Thanks Cinnamon for the awesome giveaways.😘

Linda Smith
Linda Smith

March 10, 2020

It would be fun to learn how to make my own buttons I have problems finding buttons in certain patterns. It would be great to be able to make buttons to match the fabric.

Debbie
Debbie

March 10, 2020

I’d like to make buttons that match the color of the material I’m using. I’m thinking I could use markers and use the shrink method.

Julia
Julia

March 10, 2020

I would make the Scotties first for sure!

Cathy
Cathy

March 10, 2020

I would love to make flower and Happy face buttons.

CdnCrafter
CdnCrafter

March 10, 2020

I would probably do flowers

ET
ET

March 10, 2020

I’d love to make all kinds of buttons… might even work for stuff for me as well!

carol
carol

March 10, 2020

a happy birthday or a good job button

Denise Darby
Denise Darby

March 10, 2020

I have never tried this . Very interesting. Love to try this out.

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