Hi all — This is Ms. Polka Dot from Polkadotbride.com, and I'm gaga for buttons! They symbolize everything marriage is—the coming together, the working together, and the holding together of two people in a lifelong commitment. That's why I decided that the DIY project I would present for BRIDES Daily readers would be this cute button box with an even cuter button-cookie favor inside.—Polka Dot Bride
Clockwise from top left: Buttons, box lid, tissue paper, box base, bone folder, ribbon, double-sided tape
Materials For The Box:
• 6-by-6 inch origami paper, scrapbooking paper, or any paper that you desire
• Square boxes with lids—either flat-packed and premade (as shown in the photo above) or as a kit
• Bone folder or metal ruler
• Hot-glue gun or double-sided tape
• Assortment of buttons
• Tissue paper
Licorice ribbon and fondant
Materials For The Cookies:
• Cookie dough, with extra flour for dusting your surface
• Ready-to-use fondant
• Icing sugar
• Licorice strips, plus assorted candy or cachous (if using)
• Rolling pin
• Wooden skewer, other assorted items for making patterns on fondant
• Sharp knife for trimming
The Button Box
I chose a simple white box for this project. If you have the time or inclination, you can create the template yourself, but if you're making in excess of 50, you may want to go for the premade option!
1. Using the bone folder (or metal ruler), lightly score all the folds before you assemble the box—it makes for a neat finish. Assemble your box and lid.
2. Place a dab of hot glue or double-sided adhesive at the middle of your box base and attach your ribbon. Make sure it's long enough to go up the side of the box and be tied in a bow and cut. Measure the length and cut equal lengths of ribbon for the rest of your boxes.
3. Place your buttons on the lid to cover it. It's fun to play around with the arrangement of buttons to get the mismatched look (see photo above).
4. Attach the buttons to the lid using the glue gun or tape.
5. Cut a square of tissue paper to line the box—it keeps the grease from the cookies from marking the box and provides cushion to help prevent breakage. Set everything aside so the glue can dry and cure.
The Button Cookies
Here's one of my favorite recipes to make your own basic biscuit-dough, or you could use store-bought ready-made dough for sugar cookies.
1. Add extra flour to the surface and roll out the dough. Cut out the shapes with a cookie cutter. (Make sure the cookies are the right size to fit into your boxes.)
2. Bake until just lightly browned (or as per recipe or manufacturer's instructions).
- 4. Place a button cookie in a tissue paper-lined box and tie a bow with your ribbon, to secure the lid.
Knead your fondant as per the packet directions to soften it. Using icing sugar to dust your work area, roll the fondant out to about one-eighth of an inch thick and cut it with your cookie cutter. (Use the same cutter you used for your cookies for a neat finish.)
1. Vary the decoration of each button by alternating between two and four thread holes using a wooden skewer, creating a rim on some—I used a plastic spice-jar lid that was a little smaller than the circumference of the fondant—and threading licorice through the holes of others. (See image below for more ideas.)
2. Mix up a small amount of extra icing to a paste, using icing sugar and a little water. This will be your "glue" that holds the fondant shape to your cookie. Put a little dab of the icing on the biscuit, and attach your fondant shape.
3. Allow a few minutes for it to dry.
Ms. Polka Dot's Tips:
• It's easy to make this project your own. Just switch up the colors of the buttons, box, and paper to put your own spin on it.
• Color your fondant to match your color scheme and your chosen buttons.
• It's best to use metal cutters to cut the cookie and fondant shapes—they make for a cleaner edge.
• Make each button different by using silver cachous, licorice strips, and other candy. Make stitching or other decorative elements with a patient hand and your wooden skewer.
• Look around your kitchen, among children's toys (e.g., play-dough cutters), or in craft-supply shops (e.g., stamps) for interesting shapes to use for cutting the cookies and the fondant.
• Ask family, bridesmaids, and friends to be involved for a fun project to do together!