Friday, December 11, 2009

Day 4: Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

All photos are from Sarah of The Small Object.

Day 4 of my Twelve Days of Christmas: Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas is another little project from Amanda of Bake it Pretty. Vintage buttons are all the rage and with so many folks collecting buttons these days, they make a gorgeous gift. Brightly colored vintage buttons in all sorts of shapes and styles look lovely on display in a glass container or worn colorfully on a sweater or blouse. But I imagine you never thought to consume them... until now! You see, those pretty buttons above are actually candy. They are so simple to make with the aid of a chocolate mold and they make fantastic gifts when packaged whimsically.

Amanda has a great tutorial on her blog with directions on how to use the chocolate molds and other ingredients (all of which can be found in the Bake it Pretty online shop) to make these precious little treats. You can make these buttons in all the colors of the rainbow and you can even add candy flavorings to make them in all sorts of playful color/flavor combinations.

Amanda even created the most charming little printable packaging (click for Amanda's printable PDF) you can staple to the buttons you bag up as gifts. Isn't that the cutest thing ever? While these look like something you'd find in the most charming confiserie, they are quite simple to make using Bake it Pretty products and Amanda's gorgeous tutorial.

I purchased a chocolate button mold of my own and several colors of candy melts and I can't wait to make little bags of buttons for my friends this holiday! I also bought several other chocolate molds--a few in particular that I am so excited about--and I plan to share my candy making adventures with you as soon as I receive everything and put them to use!

I can't wait!


  1. The button candy is such a great idea! I thought they were real buttons in the first photo. The Bake It Pretty shop has so much cool stuff that I have never seen before.

  2. I just love all the cute things available at Bake It Pretty! I have been wanting to make these buttons for ages and I am so excited to get the chance. I am hoping to add them to the holiday treat boxes I am making for friends this year.

  3. Oh I really like this idea. I wish I had seen it sooner so I could make it for Christmas. Maybe I still can...I have a new mission!

  4. Sorry 2 comments on 1 post...I'm getting crazy.

    Would you mind to email me {I couldn't find your's} and let me know if you bought your mold & chocolate here in Lexington or if you got it off line at Bake it Pretty? Now that I have a mission I need some direction. If I have to order online instead of shop local I know I'll never make it!

    Thanks Amy-



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