Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Make your own buttons

I came across this tutorial ages ago, but I was debating with myself if I should buy the shrinking plastic or not to give it a go myself... Well, I did buy, I did try to make a few and I absolutely love it!

Although you need a fairly steady hand and it helps if you know how to draw well - neither qualities I consider myself to have - still it is so much worth to make your own buttons! You can always "cheat" and print off sample layouts online... I am planning on making owl buttons for my Christmas outfit (did I mention that this year's theme will be owls?)

Make your own buttons tutorial
Photo Credit: Scissorspaperwork.com

This tutorial is by Scissorspaperwork.com and, guess what, there is a freebie printable template for you to download! The secret to success is to use really fine point pens. I found the ones recommended by Kimanh - Zig Millenium - very good indeed, their line is 0.45mm and they're waterproof, fade-proof and non-bleeding.

It scared me a bit how fast the buttons shrunk! This was my first attempt ever with shrinking plastic and I used the oven, not the heat gun. I also, just to be on the safe side, placed my buttons over a greaseproof paper. When I make my owl buttons I will update this post =).  

>> Click here for the tutorial.


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    1. I can take the stuff with me and we can make some with Vi and Ashleigh over xmas! =)

  2. I love your blog and all the inspiration you share with your readers! I'll definitely come back again:)
    xx, Kasia Kleszko

    1. Hi Kasia! Thanks for the comment =) Pls if you try one of the tutorials, do send me your pictures! I'd love to publish them here... Have a great week xx Z