What is it about buttons? Somehow, they just make everything look so gosh-darn cute!
These are super simple to make:
- Just add some food coloring to your favorite sugar cookie dough
- Cut with a circle cutter (I think mine is 1 3/4" - 2" diameter)
- Poke holes with a toothpick (make them a little bigger than you'd think they should be)
- Use a smaller circle cutter to mark an inner circle (optional)
- Then use bakers twine to sew them to card stock printed to look like vintage button cards. You can download a pdf of mine here.
Here's a couple of other fun "button" supplies and ideas:
For my knitting & crocheting friends and family...
Here's how to make them for your next "Knit Night":
You will need:
- bamboo skewers
- wooden furniture buttons
- wood glue
- Cut skewers down to about 7" (from pointed end)
- Using wood glue, glue furniture button to top (not pointed) end
- Allow to dry
To Decorate Cupcakes
- Insert your knitting needle skewers so they criss-cross through the top of undecorated cupcake
- Outfit a pastry bag with a medium sized writing tip
- To make the frosting look varigated - smear/smudge gel frosting color on one side of the inside of the pastry bag, then fill with uncolored frosting. The frosting will pick-up the color as it passes through the bag. (you might have to squirt some out until you start to see the color)
- To decorate, layer strings of frosting to look like a yarn ball. I started in the middle and made a straight line across, then made a curved line on the outside edges following the contour of the cupcake. Next I split the difference between the edge and the middle with a slightly curved line, then I filled-in in between, layering the strings of frosting until the cupcake was covered.
Hint: hold your frosting tip above the cupcake a 1/2" or so and let the frosting fall on the cupcake.
- Lego minifigure cookie cutter
- Several pastry bags
- Several writing tips- ranging in size from about 1 - 4 & couplers
- Gel or paste frosting coloring: Ivory, Black, Peach, Copper, Brown & Royal Blue
- A glass tumbler
- Lots of bowls
- A very small/fine artist liner paint brush - buy a new one and use it only for food
Royal Icing (See recipe below)
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 4 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
Combine all ingredients and beat at medium/high speed until soft peaks form.
Procedure for Lego Cookies
- Make rolled sugar cookies using your favorite recipe. Make Royal Icing (you may need 2 bathces) and divide into 6 bowls. Add coloring to each bowl. You will need: white - shirt & pants ivory - vest brown - belt black - details peach - face copper - hair
- Next, divide each color in half and put in two separate bowls. (One half will be used for piping and the other half will be used for flooding.) Add water, a tiny bit at a time, to one of the halves so that the icing is the consistency of a thick cake batter. (It should be thin enough so that it will drip from a spoon and smooth itself out, but not watery)
- Equip one pastry bag with a #2 or 3 tip. Fill it with the UNTHINNED icing. Equip another bag with a #3 or 4 tip. Put the bag (tip down) in a glass tumbler and cuff the bag over the top of the glass so you can pour in the thinned icing.
- Begin by outlining Obi Wan’s vest with the unthinned icing. Then “flood” inside the outline with the thinned icing. You will follow the same procedure for the following steps.
- Now… STOP!!!!Now… STOP!!!! At this point you need to let the icing dry completely before going on to the next step so that the colors don’t bleed. You may want to let them dry overnight.
- Outline and flood belt with brown. Allow to dry. Then use a #1 tip to pipe on the black details and a #2 tip to pipe the eyes.
- Dab a tiny bit of royal blue coloring on some waxed paper and then, with your paint brush, paint the eyes.
- Pipe on hair and eyebrows. Outline then flood beard and mustache. When beard and mustache are dry, use paint brush to paint on the black lines with black coloring. Use ivory coloring to paint details on shirt/vest.
NOTE: This tutorial assumes you have some experience with cookie decorating. For the basics I recommend visiting The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, Sweetopia, and the Decorated Cookie or check out these booklets that they helped me put together for National Sugar Cookie Day.
STEP1. PLAN! You can't just dive into this project without thinking it through (which is what I usually do). First - decide on the quilt pattern you're going to make and how large you want your finished cookie quilt to be. That will determine how many cookies you'll need to bake and how big they should be. In this case I needed to make 5 dozen cookies so to make the math work out correctly, I chose this pinwheel pattern consisting of 4 squares per block with a total of 15 blocks. My cookies are 3 1/2" square.
STEP 2. Mix up some sugar cookie dough, roll and cut. Choose a recipe that maintains its shape/doesn't spread too much when baked. Try to roll the dough to a consistent thickness so your cookies end up being the same size after they're baked. Then - wash your quilting ruler with warm soapy water and get out your pizza cutter (or use any straight edge and a sharp knife). Cut the dough into squares (whatever size you've decided) and bake.
STEP 3. Prepare Royal Icing. Tint the icing to all of the colors that you will be using and thin the icing using the 10 second rule. If you're making the pinwheel pattern - outline then flood 1/2 of each cookie with white icing.
STEP 4. Now - You'll make the patterned "fabric". The pattern/design is made by flooding the cookie with thinned icing and then piping the design with thinned icing (in a different color) while the flooded icing is still wet. (Does that make sense?) Outline then flood the other half of each cookie with colored icing according to your pattern but only flood 2 or 3 cookies at a time. Then pipe your design (with thinned icing) on top.
TO MAKE POLKA DOTS: Using a #2 tip - Hold your pastry bag so that the tip is straight up and down and carefully dot the flooded icing (with thinned icing) lifting straight back up.TO MAKE SMALL FLOWERS - Using a #1 tip - Just pipe a starburst/asterisk with thinned icing (make an "x" then cross through the center horizontally and vertically) then dot the center with thinned icing in another color. The icing will spread a little so that it looks like a flower.
Using the technique of piping thinned icing on still wet flooded icing, you can create simple stripes or big "scribbley" flowers or whatever you want. The piped designs will "sink" into the flooded icing and the result will be a smooth cookie that looks like fabric. (Just try to make sure you're thinning you're icing to approximately the same consistency).
Once all of your cookies are decorated - it's just a matter of laying them out side by side according to your pattern to form your quilt.
Happy quilt baking!
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can clarify anything! I usually end up writing tutorials like this early in the morning or right before bed so I don't know how much sense they make!