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.


Brittany Miller said...

Wish I would have seen these adorable buttons before I did my last baby shower cake…they would have been perfect with the quilted fondant!

February 1, 2010 03:17 AM
Bethany said...

definitely making it pretty…they taste soooo much better when they look good too!!

February 1, 2010 03:17 AM
Kate Le Busque said...

Making it pretty so that everyone goes ooohhh…..pretty.

February 1, 2010 03:17 AM
Angela said...

Making them pretty! Although I hate to eat them afterwards.. but of course I always do. (:

February 1, 2010 03:17 AM
Lisa H. said...

I enjoy baking sweets more than making them look pretty because I tend to destroy things instead of making them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 03:18 AM
Nina D said...

I would have to say baking because as hard as I try to make them pretty… they certainly do not turn out pretty :(

February 1, 2010 03:18 AM
Andrea said...

I love all of this inspiration from you! So cute!

February 1, 2010 03:19 AM
Marissa said...

Right now I just enjoy making them. The reasoning is because I’m not so great at making them pretty, yet. One of my goals this year is to take some cake and cookie decorating classes so I can make pretty things for those in my life that I appreciate.

February 1, 2010 03:19 AM
Laurette said...

I love trying to learn to make things look pretty…it makes giving them as gifts and eating them so much more fun.

February 1, 2010 03:20 AM
Molly said...

I love decorating the goods. Making a pretty treat to share with friends and coworkers is so satisfying.

February 1, 2010 03:20 AM
Lorena Mora said...

These are so cute! I could use this for my sisters baby shower.

February 1, 2010 03:23 AM
Michelle said...

Decorting for sure!!!

February 1, 2010 03:23 AM
Jennifer said...

Since I’m still learning to decorate I’m going to have to go with bake it sweet! But only until I get better…

February 1, 2010 03:23 AM
alena said...

Baking is the best part for me, just because it’s so fun to see so many ingredients all become one in the end!

February 1, 2010 03:24 AM
KarenJay said...

I hope you can get the recipe for the ‘onesie sugar cookies’ that Julie made – they look delicious.

February 1, 2010 03:25 AM
Ellie said...

I love baking yummy things more I think, though then I like to make them look pretty (if there is anything left!)

February 1, 2010 03:27 AM
puasmommy said...

I’d have to say I prefer making them look pretty…but my favorite would have to be eating them!

February 1, 2010 03:27 AM
The Chocolate Cat said...

Mmmm I think making them, no I think making them look pretty, no maybe eating them!!!!

February 1, 2010 03:27 AM
Kassi said...

I like baking them most, and trying to make them pretty second. Maybe once I get better at making them pretty I’ll prefer that :).

February 1, 2010 03:28 AM
Cindy said...

I love love love baking sweets, and have ever since I was a little girl. I am still trying to get a hang of the “making them look pretty part.” :/ My mom and grandma used to decorate cakes professionally, and I’m trying my best to learn!

February 1, 2010 03:28 AM
Michelle said...

Its really hard to decide, but i think i like making them look pretty friend Patrice and i always bake together. Her recipes and my patience for decorating bring out some really pretty designs :)

February 1, 2010 03:29 AM
Atousa Paulson said...

Making sweets! I would love to learn how to make them pretty, but I am not too good at that yet :)

February 1, 2010 03:31 AM
alicecrumbs said...

oooh, that’s a tricky one! I like the idea of making them look pretty the most – it’s just achieving that goal which constantly evades me!!! What a lovely post – I’m baking for a baby shower this week, plenty of inspiration here! xx

February 1, 2010 03:32 AM
Nicole said...

ooh.. that’s hard. Both are fun… but I think I like making them pretty just a teensy bit more :D

February 1, 2010 03:33 AM
A in NL said...

I’m in the baking camp. I’m trying to improve my presentation skills, but sometimes I just like to stick with what I’m already good at.

February 1, 2010 03:33 AM
jolyn said...

both… i like making them and making them look pretty… and then giving them away… lol.

February 1, 2010 03:34 AM
Judi V said...

These are totally cute! My favorite is the baking part – I haven’t got the cute part down yet, but I just keep trying! I so love your blog!

February 1, 2010 03:36 AM
Christine said...

Making them look pretty, because the options are endless and my imagination goes crazy!

February 1, 2010 03:36 AM
lovey said...

The baking is fun but for me the real fun begins with the decorating. That’s the art, the uniqueness, the challenge.

February 1, 2010 03:36 AM
Lurel said...

These are so adorable! Kind of random, but super cute!

February 1, 2010 03:37 AM
Simone said...

prettyprettypretty :) but to be honest: 2009 was the 1st year like that. before i was so fond of baking, well, nice, when it looked nice, but … not SO important (it was more the traditional christmas-cookie-thing…). now, that i started to decorate sugarcookies, they MUST be pretty ;) baking is obligatory, decorating is freestyle :)

February 1, 2010 03:37 AM
farrah said...

wow. baking them or making them pretty… hmmm… thats a tough one! ok fine i will be superficial and say making them pretty :D its so much fun adding that last bit of sprinkle or sparkly frosting for the final touch… :)

February 1, 2010 03:38 AM
Farah said...

ooh this is rough! but really, why choose one when you can have both? :)

February 1, 2010 03:39 AM
Britt said...

I like….baking sweets! no, making them pretty! no…I can’t choose! BOTH! I like baking them, making them pretty, then eating them all!

February 1, 2010 03:39 AM
Jeanine said...

I am all about the baking…it makes the house smell so yummy!! :)
But, of course, making them pretty makes them taste even better!

February 1, 2010 03:39 AM
Pink Martini said...

Of course, baking them and then making them look pretty. Love to hear the ‘awes’ and ‘ooohs’.

February 1, 2010 03:40 AM
Kathy said...

If you get the recipe for the cookies, please share! Those cookies are adorable!

February 1, 2010 03:40 AM
suzanne k. said...

i like making them more.. i’m not so great at the decorating part

February 1, 2010 03:40 AM
Victoria said...

Well, I love baking sweets. I love to decorate them, too, but I’m no good at it. So I’d just say I love baking them and eating them afterwards. :)

February 1, 2010 03:40 AM
Nili said...

I mostly like eating them. if I make it, I prefer making them pretty before I eat them…
these buttons are amazing!

February 1, 2010 03:40 AM
Stacey S. said...

That’s so mean! That’s like asking which child I favor. I love the process of baking and the smells and textures; I love the creativity of decorating, choosing colors and liners, even cake stands. Can I just take the fifth?

February 1, 2010 03:40 AM
Aurora said...

Me Me ME!!! I need more baking supplies!!

February 1, 2010 03:41 AM
Alyssa said...

making them look cute! absolutely!
i mean baking is wonderful, the licking of the spoon and all! BUT, its the decorating and embellishing that i LOVE!
I would love to win this! :)

February 1, 2010 03:41 AM
Diana said...

I love the reactions of people when you have made special cupcakes, so I think i prefert to make it pretty
Loved the hamburger muffins and so did my husband when I made them for his birthday, he didn’t want a cake so I surprised him with these fitted perfectly with the BBQ we did, my sister in law asked me to make them for my niece to hand out in school, it was a great succes so thank you for that

February 1, 2010 03:42 AM
choy soo ying said...

i would definitely love to make these buttons and AFTER that, use them as decoration or just as gifts for those with sweet tooth or teeth!

February 1, 2010 03:42 AM
Maryam ALAwadhi said...

i love and enjoy both baking sweets or making them look pretty…

hope 2 be like u one day… i really pray 4 that!!!

February 1, 2010 03:42 AM
Brittani said...

I like to bake them because I am no good at decorating! so, that gift card would come in handy! :)

February 1, 2010 03:43 AM
Sara said...

I like baking sweets and making them to cute to eat!

February 1, 2010 03:43 AM
Jacqueline said...

I’m definitely on the BAKING side of that argument! :)

February 1, 2010 03:43 AM
Sharon said...

definately making them pretty!! I only bake when I can do something fun with it.

February 1, 2010 03:44 AM
Tyra said...

I love to make cute things, but then I can’t bring myself to eat them! So my solution is to let my boys go willi-nilli, while I cringe at the “pretty” results – and feel lucky to eat the goodies we make taste great together!

February 1, 2010 03:44 AM
Eileen said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE making my desserts look pretty. Sometimes I think I go overboard but oh well, no one has complained so far.

February 1, 2010 03:48 AM
Julie said...

If I had these cute little candy buttons, making sweets look pretty would be easy! These are so much fun, thank you for the link to the tutorial.

February 1, 2010 03:48 AM
Debbie Koz said...

Darling idea! Thank you for sharing it.

February 1, 2010 03:49 AM
Fallon said...

These are adorable!

February 1, 2010 03:50 AM
Carolyn said...

May I choose both? Love making them & love decorating them too!

February 1, 2010 03:51 AM
Pikko said...

I prefer the decorating to the baking, as I mess that part up too much. lol

February 1, 2010 03:51 AM
Nikki said...

making them look pretty! but… i love baking them too! so its a toss up. so ill go with both. :)

February 1, 2010 03:56 AM
cedens said...

baking them. or eating them!!!

February 1, 2010 03:57 AM
Karen Smith said...

Baking the sweets is #1 for me!
Mmmmm, I love, love, love sweets!

February 1, 2010 03:58 AM
Dani H said...

I’m definitely a make them look pretty girl. I do love baking and candy-making, and IMHO having something taste good is the more important of the two. But I love the decorating. These are very cute. Your friend Julie is outrageous! (I mean that in a good way.) I’d love to win the gift voucher. Bake It Pretty has SO many cool baking supplies. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

February 1, 2010 03:59 AM
gugs said...

definitely making them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:00 AM
Lauren said...

Baking them ‘cos you get to sample as you go!

February 1, 2010 04:00 AM
Angela Marsh said...

So there was not an option for eating them? :)

I would say baking them.

I love your site!

February 1, 2010 04:00 AM
Bev Adcock said...

While I am making them I think I like the baking part yet. When I am decorating I think I like decorating best. Surely I am not the only baker with a split personality!

February 1, 2010 04:00 AM
Beth Kickert said...

I enjoy bakig the sweets more. I tend to not have enough patience for decorating.

February 1, 2010 04:02 AM
Jane said...

These are absolutely adorable…Being an avid sewer, I can think of a million uses, when hosting my guild meetings…makes me wanna start baking NOW!!!!!

February 1, 2010 04:05 AM
Robin L. said...

OOOH – that’s a tough one. I’d have to say making them look pretty! Now I want some cookies!! ;)

February 1, 2010 04:07 AM
Andrea Jones said...

I am really into making them look pretty, but they have to taste goo-oood!!! (no point in eating them if they don’t tast great!!!)

February 1, 2010 04:08 AM
Greta said...

Wow Bakerella!
I absolutely adore these buttons. (Well, because I love Coraline, and Coraline has buttons, and well.. who doesn’t want to eat buttons!)

It’s impossible to decide between making and decorating. It’s so much fun doing both with friends and family. But I suppose, when it comes to decorating, you don’t have to worry as much!

Your teenage fan from down under,
Greta. xx

February 1, 2010 04:09 AM
Sarah Prock said...

That’s a tough choice, but I’m going to go with making them pretty. I love to see peoples faces light up when they see an extra special treat, and my kids love to decorate desserts as well, so fun bonus there too!

February 1, 2010 04:09 AM
Clara said...

For me decorating them and admiring their beauty is definitely the highlight! What I don’t like about it is yelling at my boyfriend because he wants to eat everything the moment it comes out of the oven “Nooooo, don’t eat it! It’s not decorated!”

February 1, 2010 04:09 AM
Bianca said...

The baking . . . and then the eating ! :))

February 1, 2010 04:10 AM
Karate said...

I like baking them best. I never got along with my mother until recently, but I’ve always had fond memories (from when I was small and before I got into the angsty, angry at everyone phase, haha) of baking with her. I’d bake with my grandfather and my grandmother every chance I got.

Baking is about love and care. If it looks pretty, that’s just a bonus.. but to enjoy the process is the best thing ever.

February 1, 2010 04:11 AM
Stephenie said...

Baking sweets for sure. Once I’ve a recipe down pat, then I tend to spend more time on making it pretty. It’s definitely a work in progress, though.

February 1, 2010 04:13 AM
Marilyn said...

I really like to do both, but if I really have to pick one, I would lean towards the baking, as I don’t always have the time to pretty them up. But certain holidays, like Valentines especially, I like to pull out all the stops. They have to be pretty, lol!

February 1, 2010 04:15 AM
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February 1, 2010 04:15 AM
Angela said...

I like baking things and making them pretty equal amounts. I’ve found that pretty sweets get oohs and aahs at the beginning, but the best-tasting sweets are often the ones that ‘have character’. I can’t get my trifle layers even and pretty and I always drip some of the pudding layer down the inside of the bowl, ruining the layer effect, but it always tastes awesome. And my Granny made some buttermilk pralines one time that refused to set so she scooped it all into a pie crust. We could only eat the smallest slivers of pie at a time, but it was the Best. Pie. Ever.

February 1, 2010 04:15 AM
Danella Lovett said...

They sure are cute as a button!! I love making my sweets pretty, prettier, and prettiest. If I could just decorate all day, that is what I would do. I would be the happiest person on earth if all I could do was decorate and make my sweets pretty.

February 1, 2010 04:16 AM
debbie h said...

It’s hard to choose. I love the baking, I love the decorating. But if you’re going to MAKE me choose, I’ll have to go with baking.
It’s gotta taste good, first and foremost!

February 1, 2010 04:17 AM
Michelle said...

Baking is my favorite part. making them pretty is just about the same!!! I can’t really choose between the two, so i’ll just say both!

February 1, 2010 04:19 AM
Evonne said...

I love making my treats look cute-often to suit a theme. I also like receiving beautiful treats because I can appreciate the love that has gone into making them.

February 1, 2010 04:20 AM
karen said...

I looove baking sweets! you gotta bake them first before making them look cute!

February 1, 2010 04:22 AM
Lauralee said...

Love the baking and just learning about the decorating. Both are fun and they taste good too!

February 1, 2010 04:22 AM
Evina said...

This is a good oportunity to make more cupcakes

February 1, 2010 04:23 AM
kristia said...

i love to bake! just wish i had the patience to make them look pretty.
your friend, she is insane! she has so much talent!!! does she do this for a living??? if no, why not?

February 1, 2010 04:23 AM
Kaixin said...

i loveee making them look pretty!
Decorating is the most fun part of the baking process~
i always go crazy with the decorative items and love it when they turn out looking great!

February 1, 2010 04:23 AM
Mel' said...

Those buttons are so cute!!!
I’m mad about baking but I also love making thing pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:24 AM
Marla said...

I like baking sweets, and am so inspired by your site, but I REALLY enjoy making things look pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:25 AM
Kat said...

Definitely making them look pretty! Baking is a joy, but making my creations look good enough for someone to comment is a thrill and a half. I get giggly, no lie. :]

February 1, 2010 04:26 AM
cupcakerie said...

Hmm… I love baking them but I think it’s the pretty-making that I’m really truly smitten over.

February 1, 2010 04:26 AM
Lisa said...

Definately making them pretty. I’m an art student so it makes sense.

February 1, 2010 04:31 AM
iesha said...

Not really a creative person, so I’d pick baking the sweets. :D

February 1, 2010 04:32 AM
trudy said...

I like to bake and make things look pretty, I can’t really say I preference

February 1, 2010 04:32 AM
Shar said...

I love making sweet treats look pretty. It allows my creative side to shine!

February 1, 2010 04:34 AM
Applecore said...

I love the baking part but when it comes to making things pretty is where it gets interesting as thats where you get to be creative :3

February 1, 2010 04:36 AM
Blythe Rotem said...

Baking, baking, baking. Pretty stuff is very difficult with two kids “helping”!!

February 1, 2010 04:38 AM
sophia said...

i’d have to say baking the sweets, bc by the time i’m getting ready to make them pretty, i’m pretty much pooped out

February 1, 2010 04:41 AM
Tessa said...

I love making everything look super cute

February 1, 2010 04:42 AM
Bird said...

These are dreamy!!!

Just came over to let you know that I am having a fab Le Creuset cookware GIVEAWAY worth $66.95!!!

For details, please see:

And good luck!! :)

February 1, 2010 04:42 AM
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