Making Our Own Buttons: It Sounded like a Good Idea

We thought it would be fun to make our own buttons to decorate our travel activity bag.   Yeah, well, it sounded like a good idea.   They were really easy to make.   The kids had a blast making them with me…. BUT… I got the wrong type of clay.   I got the non-hardening kind.   well, they weren’t lying.   It has been a few days and they are still soft and pliable!   Here is a tutorial we made on how to make your own buttons, just be sure to get the right type of clay!

Supplies needed to make your buttons:

  • air-drying clay (note, don’t get any old clay or you’ll end up like us)
  • Wax Paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Bottle cap
  • Straws

How we made our own buttons:

First we rolled the clay out into snakes, we then used the snakes to create patterns and swirls.   We even cut up a snake and made polkadot buttons!   After we have our design laid out we rolled it thin and took a bottle cap and cutout our buttons.

Then we used a straw and poked the button holes into our buttons.   The straw kept getting stuffed with clay so we had to snip the ends off to keep crafting.

Viola, the finished product!!!   And if only we used air-drying clay, the kids could actually decorate with them!   Alas, these adorable creations became glorified playdough.

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Other Fun Crafts:

Toy Soap – Make Hand-washing Fun!

I Spy Mini-Whiteboard

Flower Hair Clips

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8 Comments

  1. Yes, I agree with Beth! They look really cute, if only they would harden! I never even thought of making my own buttons. What a great idea. I actually think my teenager girl would love this idea.
    .-= mom2my9´s last blog ..Chopstick and Sock Time =-.

  2. Oooh. My daughter would love this. Thanks for the idea and showing the method, if not the desired result. That’s okay, they’re still cute! 🙂
    Nicole
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..The fruits of my labors? =-.

  3. Hi! I found you blog through Blogfrog and I really like this idea of making your own buttons! Thanks for posting it!

  4. sculpey is really great if you have kiddos who won’t eat it (believe it is toxic) it hardens really hard in the oven….would make great buttons!

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