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?


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

Baking sweets or making them look pretty?

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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.


Melanie said...

Definitely baking them..only because by the time I’ve made them, I’m either not patient enough to let them cool to decorate, or I’m bored with the project and am on to something else.*LOL*
That said, I looove the look of decorated goodies!

February 1, 2010 02:18 AM
KellyD said...

I love prettifyingthings! As much satisfaction as I get from whipping up the perfect cake, I’ll default to Betty Crocker if it gives me more time for sprinkles…

February 1, 2010 02:19 AM
Diana J. said...

I love baking and having that wonderful smell in the house! I love the cuteness of baked goods, but can never make it as cute as others.

February 1, 2010 02:20 AM
karen said...


February 1, 2010 02:20 AM
Karen said...

baking sweets more (because I stink at making them look pretty) ;(

February 1, 2010 02:20 AM
Stephanie said...

Making them pretty!… It’s like yummy arts & crafts :)

February 1, 2010 02:20 AM
Alice said...

I love baking sweets!! The look on a person’s face when they taste how delicious it is, makes it all worthwhile.

February 1, 2010 02:20 AM
Jenny Tan said...

I don’t think I can pick one…I love baking sweets & making them look pretty…or at least, as pretty as I am able to! :)

February 1, 2010 02:20 AM
Carolyn said...

Eating sweets is always delicious but they taste even better when they’re pretty!

February 1, 2010 02:21 AM
Riana said...

I love baking sweets and I’m much better at that than at making them look pretty, but I wish I could do that better.

February 1, 2010 02:21 AM
Tami said...

I love to try to make them look prettty but that is not always the case. My family still eats all the sweets no matter how they look.
I’m going to try cake pops again !!!

February 1, 2010 02:22 AM
Claire D. said...

I love both too. People say I worry too much about the pretty part and taste is what’s important, but obviously, looks count.

February 1, 2010 02:22 AM
chanelle said...

I love them both, but of course i love making them look pretty. :)

February 1, 2010 02:22 AM
Nicholle said...

I like baking them the most! I am always too excited to eat before I can wait to decorate.

February 1, 2010 02:23 AM
Heather said...

If it looks adorable, cute, fabulous (like all your stuff) then it’s quite easy to forgive if the taste just isn’t great. For me, it’s all in the presentation!

February 1, 2010 02:23 AM
Veronica said...

Making them pretty ‘cuz I’m always giving my baked goods away!

February 1, 2010 02:23 AM
Donna said...

That’s a hard one. I love to bake them & decorate the, but if I had to chose one it would be baking them:)

February 1, 2010 02:25 AM
Erin Blodgett said...

I’m torn. I love baking them ( and tasting them).. but then the artist in my soul loves the prettying part as well. ..

but I definitely don’t love the cleaning up part..

February 1, 2010 02:27 AM
Amanda said...

Definitely BAKING! I am not even good at that!

February 1, 2010 02:28 AM
Kristin said...

I love baking sweets and am working on the making them pretty part. I like eating pretty sweets a whole lot.

February 1, 2010 02:30 AM
Rachel V. said...

Tough question but I’ll have to say making them pretty. Most of the time though, I’m just too tired from baking and eat whatever it was I made before I try to decorate it :) .

February 1, 2010 02:31 AM
Alyson said...

I love baking them, and my boyfriend loves eating them! After getting all the batches mixed, baked, cooled, and then kitchen cleanup, I don’t usually have much energy left for fancy decorations. Unless my potentially-future-mother-in-law is coming over, then I find my second wind and make them gorgeous :D

February 1, 2010 02:31 AM
CC said...

Depends on what I’m making– if there’s intricate icing involved, probably the baking part. I am hopeless in this department, I think, but cute stuff like these buttons might be what I’m looking for to make up for my awful technique!

February 1, 2010 02:32 AM
Yen said...

I would say baking. There’s nothing like baking something and giving it away to family and friends. It’s just that feeling you get.

February 1, 2010 02:32 AM
Amy I. said...

I’d say I enjoy them equally but I’m definitely better at making things taste good! I call most of my creations “rustic-looking” :) Thanks for the giveaway!

February 1, 2010 02:34 AM
Charlene said...

I love to bake the sweets…I’m not very good at making them pretty. My hands are too clumsy! I’ve perfected that sloppy homemade look though :)

February 1, 2010 02:35 AM
robin said...

baking (well eating sweets but baking is a close second!)

February 1, 2010 02:36 AM
Tracie Smith said...

I love both! I love trying to see how I can reinvent something or just make it look more “me”. I have also been known to have my husband construct things just to show off my goodies (and by goodies, I mean baked goods!!!).
Beautiful buttons and wonderful presentation. Yea Julie!!!

February 1, 2010 02:37 AM
Kelly M. said...

Oh it’s so hard to choose. I love to make them look pretty best, but I’m not that good at it. Hopefully I can improve. I sure do love to eat what I bake though :)

February 1, 2010 02:37 AM
Christina said...

Definitely enjoy making the goodies look pretty. You get to add the finishing touches! Although, I do admit.. sometimes pretty can be frustrating.

February 1, 2010 02:38 AM
Misty said...

I love baking the sweets more than making them look pretty

February 1, 2010 02:38 AM
Kathryn said...

I would rather make it pretty.

February 1, 2010 02:39 AM
Nancy said...

I love doing both! but Im really bad at making things pretty so i suppose baking! haha i love love looking at prettily baked goods though

February 1, 2010 02:39 AM
Annie said...

i love making things pretty… but my bf cares more that it tastes good!! so if im making him cookies or something for valentines, altho i will try to make it pretty – more importantly, im gonna make it delicious!

February 1, 2010 02:40 AM
Sharise said...

I WISH I was the “make it look pretty” type, but I end up losing my patience because I just want to get to the eating part of it;)

Baking is what makes me feel all warm and gooey inside!

February 1, 2010 02:40 AM
Samantha said...

I love to bake, but they are so much more special when they are pretty. Pretty really does it for me.

February 1, 2010 02:41 AM
Lauren said...

My favorite is making them. :D i love trying out new recipes and making the things that my mother made in the past. It always makes me nostalgic. :) But I’ve just recently gotten into decorating and am loving it, but it’s gonna take a lot of work to make it better!

February 1, 2010 02:42 AM
Demi said...

Baking is not my best part, but I think I love making them look pretty, because what good is it if they look dull? :]

February 1, 2010 02:43 AM
Jenna said...

Definitely making them look pretty!! Oh and then eating them of course :)

February 1, 2010 02:44 AM
Brittany Gerard said...

I gotta say making the sweets! I love how everything comes together like magic! I always freak out in the beginning thinking that I messed something up. And laugh if I do. But when I don’t mess up, the aroma and the taste make it all worth it. Making it pretty is just an added bonus. But really it all tastes the same pretty or not :D

February 1, 2010 02:45 AM
Lauran said...

I love to make my treats look pretty! (I wish I was as talented as you though!) I love when people look at things I made and oohh and aahhh. I would die for this gift card!

February 1, 2010 02:46 AM
Amy T said...

that’s a tough one! i like to bake the stuff, but i won’t it to look pretty too! so i’d say it is a 50-50 deal! :*)

and those little buttons are too stinkin’ cute!

February 1, 2010 02:46 AM
Lacey said...

I think I flip flop back and forth between the two. It really depends who I am making it for and how much time I have. If I am making something for my daughters, sister, or moms I would say making it pretty is my favorite because I know they will appreciate it which makes it more fun to do.

February 1, 2010 02:46 AM
Emily Elizabeth said...

I prefer the baking part – almost relaxing, in a way. I try not to get too fussy with decorating as I’m far from perfect at it!

February 1, 2010 02:48 AM
brianna said...

ohhh definitely making them look pretty. i make them look all nice and then i eat them all up!!! ;]

February 1, 2010 02:48 AM
Dot said...

Definitely decorating, the possibilities are endless!!

February 1, 2010 02:49 AM
Vanessa Tuau said...

Baking, closely followed by eating:)

February 1, 2010 02:49 AM
melissa said...

I prefer EATING the sweets over baking them or making them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 02:49 AM
Elizabeth said...

Mmmmmm…warm chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes fresh out of the oven! Baking is heavenly, but making them look pretty is an creative art I love!

February 1, 2010 02:49 AM
Stacey said...

Making them look pretty!!

February 1, 2010 02:50 AM
More to be Seen said...

Mmmmm. Baking. Let the taste speak for its self!

February 1, 2010 02:51 AM
Megan said...

I can’t decide! I love the baking part as much as the decorating, to me they just go together, its part of the process!

February 1, 2010 02:51 AM
kim said...

I can’t bake well or make things pretty but I do like to eat pretty baked goodies! love your blog:)

February 1, 2010 02:52 AM
Alex said...

Cute candy buttons! I’m a huge fan of baking sweets and I usually end up eating them before I can do anything special to them! : )

February 1, 2010 02:52 AM
Rochelle said...

I bake because I like to feed people good food! Ihat’s hard to choose. I mean whats something pretty if it doesn’t taste good right? But then again.. no matter how good something is, no one would want to eat it if it looks inedible. I guess I’ll have to pick making it all pretty~! I’m pretty good with my hands and I love that I can just be creative~

February 1, 2010 02:52 AM
Betsy @JavaCupcake said...

I enjoy quality ingredients and making the best possible tasting cupcake ever. And usually when that happens, they end up looking pretty darn good too!!!

February 1, 2010 02:53 AM
Ashley Rogers said...

I love both!! I love trying new recipes and since I’m not very talented at artsy stuff yet, I love learning and attempting to make those sweets I bake look just as good as they taste. It’s so much fun for me! I feel like I’m in my own little world :)

February 1, 2010 02:53 AM
Brittany said...

Baking for sure! Putting in all the ingredients and watching as it all comes together always makes me happy! Bliss is when I’m creating some tasty baked goods. As for beautifying it…that’s just a bonus. And really it all tastes the same no matter how it looks. :D

February 1, 2010 02:53 AM
Tina said...

It is definitely a cross between the two. Treats should always be delicious, but for something reason they taste even more delicious when they’re beautiful!

February 1, 2010 02:53 AM
Staci Pruitt said...

OH how wonderful! Love the little buttons! I think making them look pretty! That is is fun part!

February 1, 2010 02:53 AM
Carolyn said...

Tough choice, but I’d have to say making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 02:53 AM
Cathy Hutton said...

How does one choose? I love both!!! But decorating does help appreciate your creation a little more!!!!

February 1, 2010 02:54 AM
Cerisse said...

I love Love LOVE, making things pretty! But they also have to taste good =)

February 1, 2010 02:54 AM
Brittany said...

oops!!! accidently posted twice cuz I thought the first one deleated!

February 1, 2010 02:54 AM
Allison said...

Making things look pretty is more fun for me! I’m still learning, but sites like yours give me great new ideas.

February 1, 2010 02:54 AM
Ellen said...

I like baking them… Sadly I hardly ever have time to decorate!

February 1, 2010 02:56 AM
Kay said...

Baking them. If they don’t taste good, it doesn’t matter how pretty they are. (Kind of like fondant on a cake — might look good, but not very tasty — so what’s the point if it’s not yummy?)

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

February 1, 2010 02:58 AM
Kara said...

Baking–only because I stink at making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 02:59 AM
Jamieanne said...

I enjoy baking sweets more than making them look pretty. Baking is almost therapeutic to me, but making them look pretty makes me stressed! :)

February 1, 2010 03:00 AM
tvmom said...

making them cute…but really my favorite is eating them!

February 1, 2010 03:01 AM
Christine said...

Is it cheating if I say both? Haha. If I had to choose, I’d probably go with baking them. I’ve had far too many perfectly decorated goods that tasted terrible… thus taste trumps frills any day! Although making them presentable sure doesn’t hurt! ;)

February 1, 2010 03:02 AM
Katie said...

I much prefer baking sweets. I’m not too good at making it look pretty!

Katie xox

February 1, 2010 03:02 AM
Line said...

I love doing both things, actually(:
But the thing i love most is baking with spelt, because I can end up having gluten allergy(:

February 1, 2010 03:02 AM
Nicole said...

Definitely baking. I love when baked goods look cute, but I don’t always have the patience to follow thru. (Who am I kidding? My favorite part is really eating the sweets!)

February 1, 2010 03:03 AM
Jess said...

Found your site recently from Prudent Baby and I love it!! I definitely like making things pretty, it’s why I love your site so much, everything is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win, can’t wait to try out some of your creations!

February 1, 2010 03:03 AM
Marci Campbell said...

I like making them pretty best, I love to give people gifts, especially the homemade variety!

February 1, 2010 03:03 AM
Anj said...

i love baking.. it’s kinda hard to make them look pretty (for me anyways! LOL) coz I’m so busy with my 2 kids. But If I had the extra time, I would definitely try to make my baked goods look pretty as well.

February 1, 2010 03:06 AM
Renate said...

Definitely baking them. I’m still working on mastering that aspect of it, so the prettifying will just have to come later…

February 1, 2010 03:06 AM
Rochelle said...

Definitely making them pretty…but sometimes I act like a crazy person in the process. Bake it Pretty could help, I’m sure!

February 1, 2010 03:06 AM
Joan Corson said...

I love to bake them. WIsh I was better at making them pretty, but I’m working on that!

February 1, 2010 03:07 AM
Nancy Ho said...

They are just adorable! This gives me ideas for my friends baby shower. The onesies are too cute!

Definitely enjoy making things pretty!

February 1, 2010 03:08 AM
Anna said...

I love to make all of my goodies look as pretty as possible without compromising deliciousness! It is always a great feeling when someone compliments your treats as tasting as good as they look.

February 1, 2010 03:08 AM
Jessica said...

I definitely love baking sweets. I have no patience (or skill!) for decorating, but I hope to learn some day.

February 1, 2010 03:08 AM
ALam said...

Definetly making them look pretty… I love making a mess and figuring out how to re-purpose candy to look like something else. Those sugar cookies are ADORABLE!

February 1, 2010 03:09 AM
Maureen said...

I just helped host a baby shower and a friend used baked goods as party favors. Definitely want to try this out.

February 1, 2010 03:09 AM
Amanda said...

I definitely like making them pretty. :)

February 1, 2010 03:10 AM
Tiffany said...

Definitely baking sweets. I still don’t have the skills to make things pretty like you do! At least food is food and it still tastes delicious even if it looks ugly. :)

February 1, 2010 03:10 AM
Karen Farrar said...

Making them look pretty! :) and licking the spoons…..LOL

February 1, 2010 03:10 AM
Ann-Charlott said...

I love baking! There’s something about taking simple, everyday ingredients and making them into something truly delicious.

February 1, 2010 03:11 AM
Aaron Greenwood said...

Def the baking part. The pretty is just the icing on the cake! :) I love for it to taste good. Otherwise whats the point?

February 1, 2010 03:12 AM
Magdalena Vargas said...

I LOVE BOTH !!!!! I bake & decorate with my nieces. We have so much fun together : ) They LOVE looking at your site with me and they want to make EVERYTHING lol : ) Baking & Dercorating brings so much JOY to my life : ) I dont what I’d do with out it hahaha.

February 1, 2010 03:12 AM
Sanna-M said...

Hmm. I’m gonna go with the baking, since a pretty thing with no taste is a disappointment but a delicious less-pretty one never is. Best to have both though ;)

February 1, 2010 03:12 AM
MsTwixt said...

OMG – LOVE the onesie cookies! Please do share where to find that cookie cutter! I am not as steady with the icing bag as I’d like just yet, so I’d say I’m better at making yummy things than I am at decorating them. BTW, i find it totally UNREAL the number of comments you get on your blog! Wow – I can only dream of such success. Congrats, and keep blogging – I *eat* it up (yeah, totally corny pun)

February 1, 2010 03:13 AM
Béa said...

I love making pretty sweets. Specially for my kids!

February 1, 2010 03:14 AM
Jayne said...

Baking…and Eating :)
I’m not so hot with the pretty part yet…

February 1, 2010 03:14 AM
morgana said...


I love “Bake it pretty”, they have such cute things…

February 1, 2010 03:15 AM
Emily Gerson said...

Unfortunately I’m not very good at decorating :( but I do love baking- yes I do :D

February 1, 2010 03:15 AM
Angela said...

I just love baking! That’s where it all starts and even though I like decorating, baking is my FAVE!

February 1, 2010 03:16 AM
Rogue Cook said...

Making sweets look pretty because even if they don’t taste good, people will still be wowed! ;)

February 1, 2010 03:16 AM
Kay Watson said...

Unbelievably adorable! I can think of so may ways to use these. Thanks for sharing and for the generous bog candy. Kay

February 1, 2010 03:17 AM
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