How to Throw a Button Party!

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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These button cupcake toppers and shortbread cookies are so colorful and fun together!
Making the button cupcake toppers is easy once you choose colors you like together.
The button cookies have contrast-color icing dots for holes.
These button cupcake toppers and shortbread cookies are so colorful and fun together!

These button cupcake toppers and shortbread cookies are so colorful and fun together!

Photo: Susan Beal
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Button It Up month has been so much fun-thanks again to Michaela and everyone at CraftStylish for all the great ideas and gorgeous projects. I thought I'd wind down my collection of button how-tos with something festive this time: making my own button-themed cookies and cupcakes for a book party at Bolt Fabric Boutique here in Portland!

I made shortbread cookies and chocolate cupcakes and had fun adding some colorful, pretty little button decorations. Here's how to make your own for your next craft night or birthday party!

Note: Of course you can use any recipes you like, but here are mine (which I love) if you are looking for a new one. I made Martha's Chocolate Cupcakes from Everyday Food with a basic cream cheese frosting, colored pink, from page 23 of Cupcakes. For the cookies, I used Martha's Icebox Shortbread Cookies recipe and added lavender (about 3 Tbsp. for a double batch), and used a fondant icing pen to make the button holes over the layer of pink sugar and multicolored sprinkles. (My glaze wasn't that stable at room temperature, so I'm not going to give a recipe for that, but you can add blue food coloring to the glaze recipe of your choice to get that pretty color!) The bonus here is that you can make all the batter and frosting ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Also, both of these bake at 350°F, so you can put everything in at once.

Button cupcake toppers:

  Cupcake toppers are fun to make in all different colors!

What you'll need:

  • Colorful buttons of your choice (sew-through recommended)
  • Felt in contrasting colors
  • Sharp scissors and pinking shears
  • Toothpicks
  • Craft glue

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Comments (4)

Criativa writes: it is so very good to see this project.

Posted: 12:29 pm on February 8th
susanstars writes: thanks so much!

jokittens, that sounds like so much fun, I'd love to see photos of that fantastic meetup :)
Posted: 1:37 pm on April 2nd
jokittens writes: I'm going to suggest to my Houston ASG neighborhood group, Sewing Inside the Loop Group, that we have a button party for one of our monthly meetings.

We could have button cookies for treats, swap buttons, make quicky button crafts. I think it would be oodles of fun.
Posted: 12:10 pm on April 1st
RubyKitty writes: So colourful and really pretty. Bet they taste good too!
Posted: 7:31 am on March 29th
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