Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cute as a button

Candy Buttons

No, I haven’t taken up sewing. (Not yet anyway.) These adorable little buttons are all candy.

And, umm… they are like handmade.

Not by me, but remember my crazy talented, cupcake fanatic friend, Julie?

She made them for a friend’s baby shower using a fab tutorial from Bake it Pretty.

Candy Button Display

They are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Candy Buttons

The tutorial even includes a pdf for the labels so you can print them out at home and make your own packaging.

Julie made yellow, pink, green, orange and blue buttons with colored candy melts.

Just melt the candy and pour into a button mold. Let them dry and pop them right out.

Place them in small plastic bags and attach the labels. Just fold them in half and staple them together.

Candy Button Display

Or, if you’re crazy like Julie, then you make the labels work with your own wooden custom candy button display that your awesomely talented husband built for you.

Yeah, I’m sucking up in case he reads this and wants to make one for me, too.

So, instead of folding the labels in half, you can fold them in thirds. Two-thirds in front and one-third in the back so you have enough room to use a hole punch on the labels without messing up the graphics. And then just use a little double-sided tape to attach the labels to the bags.

Candy Buttons

Easy and like I said… cute as a button.

Onesie Cookies

Julie also made these onesie sugar cookies for the shower. I’m gonna work on her to get this recipe because they were really good.

Okay, back to buttons…
Here is the Candy Button Tutorial from

Check out the site when you have some time. Cute stuff for baking AND for decorating!

Guess what else…?
The guys that run the site gave me a gift voucher code to shop at their store last year. I forgot I had it until Julie showed me these buttons and I remembered the email they sent me. I decided that since I had not used it yet, I wanted to give it away to one of you guys. Hopefully it still works. And if not, I’ll buy a new one for you. K?


Enter to win a $100 Gift Voucher to

Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you enjoy more…

Baking sweets or making them look pretty?

Deadline to enter is Monday, February 1st at 6:00 PM ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winner Announced Below.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck!

And the winner is… comment #1326.

That’s you, chakins! I’m glad you love to bake. Now, get shopping and start decorating.


Courtney Liss said...

Oh my goodness! Please?

February 1, 2010 06:47 PM
Betty said...

ahha i’d much rather make them pretty. more baking means more fat added to my tummy. ):

February 1, 2010 06:48 PM
Nicole Anderson said...

I think I like baking them the most. Not everything that is delicious is perfect looking. Even more than baking them I like giving them away!

February 1, 2010 06:48 PM
Laura said...

I must say, making the sweets look cute is more of a thrill for me. I like eating the sweets that other people bake for me, but I’d rather spend my time making something ridiculously cute, like these buttons :)

February 1, 2010 06:48 PM
Kelly said...

Baking. My attempts at pretty don’t often come out right…but the baking part is pretty good.

February 1, 2010 06:48 PM
Beverly Marcus said...

I love to make things that taste great. i wish that I had the patience to make them beautiful as well. Maybe when I retire!

February 1, 2010 06:48 PM
kyra said...

I love baking the sweets….I can never wait long enough to make them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 06:49 PM
Kristie said...

Baking, there’s nothing like having your kitchen experiment turn out they way you wanted it.

February 1, 2010 06:50 PM
Eliza said...

baking, because it doesn’t matter how good it looks if it’s not going to taste good! Unless, of course, it’s just for decoration.

February 1, 2010 06:50 PM
Patti M. said...

Definitely baking the sweets. I have a sweet niece though that is awesome at both baking and making them pretty. I’d love to share the gift certificate with her.

February 1, 2010 06:51 PM
Catherine said...

I like baking it’s more scientific and not so reliant on artistic ability.

February 1, 2010 06:51 PM
Amanda said...

I like baking and decorating, although I have to work on the decorationg part.

February 1, 2010 06:52 PM
Gina Strobel said...

super cute…sign me up! :)

February 1, 2010 06:52 PM
darlingbeatrice said...

Decorating! I do love just mixing up a recipe, but the decorating is what gets the oohs and ahhs!

February 1, 2010 06:52 PM
jaz said...

Oh this is just the cutest candy. I’m sure that sweet lil baby will be “cute as a button”. Thanks for sharing the link;)

February 1, 2010 06:53 PM
Becky F said...

I love making them. I would love making them look pretty if I had SKILLS like you girls obviously do! Something to aspire to, I guess. *Sigh*

February 1, 2010 06:54 PM
Sarah said...

I LOVE baking goodies, but I also like making them look pretty. But mostly I just love baking them!

February 1, 2010 06:54 PM
Kelley Costa said...

I enjoy the decorating the most. Those onesies are precious.

February 1, 2010 06:54 PM
Amy said...

I like baking them ’cause I’m much better at it than decorating and prettying!

February 1, 2010 06:54 PM
Kelli said...

Just baking them. If they come out pretty that’s a bonus but I don’t bake things because they are pretty and that’s not my main goal. Main goal is for it to taste delicious!

February 1, 2010 06:55 PM
julie said...

Definitely making it pretty! It’s the designer in me!

February 1, 2010 06:55 PM
Margaret said...

I like to bake them!

February 1, 2010 06:56 PM
Kellie said...

Pretty, no question about it :)

February 1, 2010 06:58 PM
Stephanie said...

I think I definitely like baking them and eating them. The pretty is just an added bonus! XD

February 1, 2010 06:58 PM
stephanie said...

I like baking them, but my favorite is eating them.

February 1, 2010 07:00 PM
Sandee said...

Can it be true: mix two of my favorite things together? I HOARD buttons, adn love love love chocolate. So, this has me simply over the edge. Super-cute-YUM!!!

February 1, 2010 07:00 PM
Kailani Fano said...

Definitely baking, just because I’m no good at making them look pretty, so they have to taste extra good.

February 1, 2010 07:00 PM
Kylene said...

While I do love the baking (great stress relief!) I definitely enjoy making my sweet treats look pretty more :)

February 1, 2010 07:01 PM
Laura said...

I LOVE to make sweets look pretty!!! Baking them helps lead up to the fun!!!

February 1, 2010 07:01 PM
Jelea said...

I definitely like making things look pretty. If I ate everything I snazzed up…oy. Roll me to the couch, please.

February 1, 2010 07:01 PM
JENNY said...

I make cakes for a living, so when it’s just me, I bake for taste… I don’t really care how it looks! :)

February 1, 2010 07:02 PM
KathyS said...

Oh I hope I’m not to late to enter. Love the site and they sell Mercken’s chocolate. I have not been able to find this since I moved to NC. Thanks for the site info and a chance to win.

February 1, 2010 07:02 PM
Emma said...

Making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 07:03 PM
vicki said...

def. making them pretty!!! i really don’t love the baking part, but I am a huge fan of Bake it Pretty!

February 1, 2010 07:03 PM
Joy said...

I love baking them!

February 1, 2010 07:04 PM
Lee said...

I love to make them, but more than anything I love eating them!

February 1, 2010 07:06 PM
Satpreet Kahlon said...

Am I too late? Tell me I’m not too late!

And I enjoy: Eating them the most! And making them look pretty. It’s less frustrating then the actual baking in my tiny kitchen.


February 1, 2010 07:06 PM
Mariam said...

While I enjoy both, I love baking things and trying out new recipes! One day I would hope to learn how to make things pretty too!!!

February 1, 2010 07:06 PM
katie said...

I love both! But I especially like to eat. ALOT.

February 1, 2010 07:07 PM
KElsie said...

Cute ideas!! Love buttons!!!

February 1, 2010 07:08 PM
tamz said...

I’m definitely all into making them look cute! love this idea, can’t wait for the next baby shower! :)

February 1, 2010 07:09 PM
Vicki said...

Ok, I’m a little late, but making them pretty! :)

February 1, 2010 07:09 PM
A Ng said...

I love baking treats more than making them look pretty. In my household, they don’t stay around long enough to look at.

February 1, 2010 07:09 PM
Anne S. said...

Baking, definitely. If I can make it look pretty, that’s just a bonus!

February 1, 2010 07:10 PM
Deanna said...

I love baking and I love love love Bakerella!!!

February 1, 2010 07:11 PM
Sunny said...

I’d say making them pretty! I just need lots more practice!

February 1, 2010 07:13 PM
Angela said...

I love baking. Though making them pretty is fun too. This is actually hard to decide. Those buttons and cookies are adorable! Your website is going to make me gain 20 lbs!

February 1, 2010 07:13 PM
Lori said...

That’s tough… My gut says baking them. I like to make them look pretty, too- but, I have to be in the right mood to do it!

February 1, 2010 07:14 PM
Mommy2Punk said...

Since you don’t have eating the sweets as an option, I guess I’ll have to go with decorating them. That’s the fun part anyway! ;)

February 1, 2010 07:14 PM
KatieJ said...

I’m all about the decorating (and the snacking in between)! I want my goodies to look good and taste even better. xo

February 1, 2010 07:15 PM
Erin said...

I love a good bake good, but I love it even more when it looks pretty.

February 1, 2010 07:16 PM
Steph said...

I’m probably too late for the contest, but I love BOTH!

But to me, pretty usually means ‘looks so good I could gobble them up RIGHT NOW.’

February 1, 2010 07:16 PM
Heather said...

Probably too late :-( BUT THOSE ARE AWESOME!!! My sister-in-law is pregnant — love finding baby shower ideas!

February 1, 2010 07:17 PM
Colleen said...

I don’t know if I can decide. I love trying new recipes, but i also like making things look as delish as they taste. guess I’ll go with making them look pretty because I think that adds a personal touch. :)

February 1, 2010 07:17 PM
Carlene said...

That is so cute!! Now who can I throw a baby shower for?? :) Am always anxious to check your site and see what new ideas you have for us!! Thanks so much!

February 1, 2010 07:19 PM
emily said...

they’re so cute! i’m a big fan of making them look pretty. if i bake and then decorate i get burnt out :[

February 1, 2010 07:19 PM
Sarah said...

Thats such a trickey one! I love both. But perhaps baking over decorating…

February 1, 2010 07:20 PM
Margot said...

Baking! I’m not the best at making things *look* perfect, but my creations taste good the vast majority of the time!

February 1, 2010 07:20 PM
sparky said...

wow! those are darling! where would you get a button mold though? i suppose there is some crazy awesome cake store that sells them somewhere….but oh well…

February 1, 2010 07:21 PM
Cayley said...

i’m artistically challenged so i prefer to bake :)

February 1, 2010 07:21 PM
Karla said...

I enjoy baking the sweets and making them pretty.

February 1, 2010 07:22 PM
sparky said...

by the way, i like making my sweets pretty! i love the baking too, but the pretty-ing is when i get to use creative license!

February 1, 2010 07:23 PM
Hayley said...

I love doing both! I really really love the relaxing part of mixing the ingredients…but I also enjoy making them look like little masterpieces! You, Miss Bakerella, are my go-to girl for all things cute and yummy! Thanks for all the fabulous recipes!

February 1, 2010 07:24 PM
Cherie said...


February 1, 2010 07:24 PM
meanie said...

making them look pretty, i guess – and then basking in the admiration (dare i say jealousy?) of friends and family …

February 1, 2010 07:26 PM
Kristin said...

These are so cute! I love the Bake It Pretty site! I enjoy both but if I had to choose it would be making them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 07:27 PM
Mel said...

Eat. I’m a great cook, but can’t bake to save my life. It never turns out!

February 1, 2010 07:28 PM
Stephanie said...

It doesn’t matter how cute it is! The most important thing is how it tastes. :D

February 1, 2010 07:29 PM
deedee said...

i prefer making things. it usually takes me a couple tries to get comfortable with a recipe and then its easier to make it pretty so tht us not worrying about taste. i would rather something taste good than look pretty

February 1, 2010 07:29 PM
Kim said...

I should probably stick to the baking part but… I am determined to get the ELMOs right for my youngest son’s 2nd birthday in March!!! Thanks Bakerella for all the inspiration!

February 1, 2010 07:29 PM
Jen said...

I definitely enjoy doing both.. but I would have to choose baking them! I enjoy this more because I love trying new recipes in different ways. The feeling & happiness that I get when baking, always makes my day! :D

February 1, 2010 07:30 PM
Mariee said...

I enjoy baking sweets the most. And eating them :)

February 1, 2010 07:30 PM
Stephanie said...

Baking! I’m not patient enough to make things pretty…I just want to eat them =). Unless they’re for someone else, then I really take the time to make ‘em look nice.

February 1, 2010 07:31 PM
Gina said...

it’s definitely more fun to make them look pretty! it’s so satisfying to hear people say “ooooh”!

February 1, 2010 07:32 PM
rainyjane said...

Is eating them an option? If not, then I like the decorating part.

February 1, 2010 07:33 PM
Tori said...

I used to enjoy making my baked goods look pretty more than making them taste good (that was when I mostly baked cakes), but since I have ventured into more “exotic” baked goods (ie meringue) I have been consumed with just making them taste right and then trying to make them pretty.

February 1, 2010 07:34 PM
Eunice said...

I love baking them b/c I always have my friends with me as we bake together!! :D

February 1, 2010 07:34 PM
dina said...


February 1, 2010 07:48 PM
Monica said...

My favorite thing is to eat the sweet stuff! But most days I enjoy the decorating more then the baking.

February 1, 2010 07:56 PM
Karyn said...

I enjoy both, but the decorating is my favorite for sure!!!

February 1, 2010 08:00 PM
Teens said...

EATING THEM haha, oh wait, that’s not a choice. Making them pretty :)

February 1, 2010 08:13 PM
Veronica Miller said...

I can’t say I like one or the other better, and that’s the truth. I love baking sweets, but the other half of the joy is making them pretty. I can’t have one without the other!

February 1, 2010 08:42 PM
Heidi said...

I like to make them pretty, baking is the boring part. You sit and watch the oven. When decorating the creativeness doesn’t stop!

February 1, 2010 08:49 PM
So Spiffy said...

Hmm…. That is a hard question.. I thing I like making them, the desserts look their best and taste their best… I love props… and have even used faux grapes to get the right look for a photo too.. haha

February 1, 2010 09:06 PM
Collette said...

I think I enjoy making them look pretty more than the baking itself, but it’s the eating part that is the absolute best!!! :-)

February 1, 2010 09:08 PM
Katina H said...

My motto is “It’s not done until it’s decorated!”

February 1, 2010 09:11 PM
Amy said...

Making them look pretty! The art and gratification mostly comes from baking them, and baking them well, but making them look pretty is so fun and I love people’s reactions!

February 1, 2010 09:20 PM
Kara said...

I love baking them! I just wish I had more time to spend to learn how to make them look pretty (and to practice)!

February 1, 2010 10:22 PM
Natalie said...

I like the baking cause it’s like a chemistry experiment and brings out the scientist in me. However, I also like to make them pretty and that brings out my creative side. It’s a win win situation!

February 1, 2010 11:49 PM
Angela said...

I love to make them look pretty! It’s easy to follow a recipe, but it’s much more challenging to figure out how I’m going to fill in a blank cake or cookie and make it my own unique design!

February 2, 2010 01:57 AM
Marie said...

Wow, fantastique, love it !

Bye from France !

February 2, 2010 05:27 AM
snarflemarfle said...

Oooooooh, I’d love a great sugar cookie recipe! I’ve been on the hunt for one for two months now!

February 2, 2010 08:09 AM
Amber said...

I love them both but just baking sweets usually wins. The sweet-tooth kills me

February 2, 2010 09:45 AM
Samer said...

making them look pretty

February 2, 2010 11:37 AM
barrie petersen said...

well i love baking and decorating, usually our projects taste better than they look but at least we still love doing both

February 2, 2010 12:30 PM
Angela Willis said...

I really wish that you would allow at least two days for your give aways! I saw this post yesterday morning, but had to run, and when I had came back in the evening to read it (b/c of the time difference) the contest was over… what a bummer!


February 2, 2010 01:46 PM
katelyn said...

Wish I would have seen this before the baby shower I threw a couple of months ago. 2 Words.. TOO CUTE!

February 2, 2010 02:59 PM
Lauren @ Eater not a runner said...

I like baking them the best, but I am trying to work on the pretty part ;-) This would definitely help!

February 2, 2010 04:52 PM
Holly said...

congrats to the winner! love the buttons too! but perhaps you could extend your time like 2 hours more? By the time I look when I get home from work, the deadline is over. (ive only ever made it 2-3x… I live in Alaska and the time difference stinks!! Thanks for your posts – I enjoy it!

February 2, 2010 06:02 PM
Kim said...

Making them look pretty and then seeing the faces of who receives it :)

February 2, 2010 06:16 PM
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