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Making Holiday Buttons with Ribbon

Are you ready to start your holiday projects? I’ve got an idea for you to make some festive buttons to use on them – these are great for embellishments on cards, tags, ornaments, home décor…you name it! They can also be in any shape – as long as you can emboss it, you can turn it into a holiday embellishment!

Check out the video to find out how I made them – it’s such a fun technique!

These buttons were so fun to make that I think I’m going to borrow a friend’s tweens to help me make a bunch of them. What ways do you involve your kids in your crafting?  Leave a comment and let me know!


  • May Arts 3/4″ red grosgrain QH14;  Red twisted burlap (jute) 363-28
  • Stampendous Color Fragments in Scarlet & Leaf green
  • Stampendous Forest Santa
  • Memory Box button die
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Cardstock in cream, red, black
  • Corner Chomper with deco edge
  • Adhesive bling by Prima
  • Sentiment stamp by Stampin Up!
  • Copic Markers


Blog post by: Sandy Allnock


  1. Linda R.

    Great idea! Thanks so much for the video!

  2. Annette Hindes

    I encourage my daughter to make Christmas gifts for her friends. My kids come to me to help them with projects they want to do. It's fun working on making their idea come to life.
    Love seeing the step by step

  3. Gloria Hill

    Being a Button Lover from way back, I especially enjoyed your video tutorial. I'm curious – would it be possible to use Diamond Glaze (or a similar product) to set the Color Fragments rather that embossing a second time. It would take longer, perhaps, for the D.G. to dry. But it would be less awkward, waste less embossing powder and perhaps be a bit safer (not having to hold the heat against the paper for so long). Just a thought… Either way, the buttons are lovely!

  4. Dolores A.

    An interesting technique to try.  Thanks for showing us how to do this, and the card turned out beautifully with the elegant embellishment.

  5. Heather C

    Great video Sandy!  Can't wait to try this technique!

  6. Donna Nuce

    Cool buttons.  i like the embossing idea.

  7. Brenda B

    Wow, those fragments are phenomenal!  Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!

  8. Sharon S.

    Great button idea.  I'm going to have to try that out.  Really like the card too.  Your work is awesome!  Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.


    cute button idea…this is great for all year round too thanks sandy

  10. Rae

    Sandy, Thank you for the button tutorial. I love the card.

  11. Melissa T.

    That is a great techique for making buttons. Thank yo for the tip about pucnhing larger holes for using ribbon to tie them, I had never thought of that and have been using boring thread. Thank you!

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  13. Maureen Hayes

    That is simply amazing!  I still like watching embossing powder melt myself, and I am no kid at 45 years old!  Thank you for the wonderful idea.  I have one question for you, did you have any problem getting the ribbon etc. . . through the button holes after embossing?  Did they "close up" from the melted embossing powder?  If so, how did you "open" them again?
    Thanks for a wonderful tutorial and idea!

    1. Sandy Allnock

      Maureen, you can easily re-punch holes – they do close up a little when you load them up with the fragments and powder. Some still worked great for thinner ribbons, but it's easy to pop a holepunch right through the finished button. 🙂

  14. steph d.

    gorgeous card!  love the bold beautiful red :)!  thanks for sharing!

  15. Janj

    Thanks Sandy for the fantastic video inspiration!  These button won't be near as bulky as real buttons for mailing purposes. The fragments sure look like fun!

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  17. barbara lassiter

    I've been making my buttons with the embossing technique and your video was so helpful with more tips for how-to make them! Thanks and I really liked your card as well!

  18. Diana Evensen

    Great tutorials – neat to have one hidden inside another!  When I do cards to send personally, I usually do about 80.

  19. Diana Evensen

    I put supplies in a box for my granddaughters to use when they visit.  One isn't very interested, but the other is ALWAYS wanting to make cards!

  20. Sue D

    Such fun Christmas buttons Sandy!  I have always enjoyed crafting with my kids and now I have grandkids I craft with.  They love grandma's craft room.

  21. Cheryl L.

    Thanks for sharing!  I like the examples of all the different materials to use with the buttons.  I saw another gal use her Tweezer Bee tweezers to pick up the buttons by the holes (one tip in each of two different holes) so you don't have to touch the surfaces!  Thought I'd share the tip for everyone!

  22. kathy/NorthCarolina

    What a fun look…like Christmas candy. 

  23. Rachel G

    Thanks for a great tutorial! I'm excited to try this new-to-me technique. I'm pretty lucky; I get my son to run papers through the Cuttlebug for me and my daughter likes to make dies with the Cricut. We have a pretty good system going 🙂

  24. Christie Proctor

    cool technique

  25. Jody Baskets

    Perfect for the upcoming holidays.  I know everyone likes getting anything thats handmade, including myself!

  26. Teresa Kieser

    What a great technique.  Thanks for the tutorial.  Another winner!

  27. Paula S.

    Great tutorial Sandy!

  28. Joyce EJW

    Oooooooo! Fabulous tutorial.  I've never seen or heard of Fragments and I'm so excited to find  something new to try.  Love the buttons and and Santa. Thanks for sharing  the fun.

  29. Virginia Fynes

    WHat a beautiful card Sandy!

  30. Glenda F

    Sandy, thanks for realizing that some of the less experienced of us would appreciate having the heating part in real time so we'd know what to expect.  You're videos are always fun and inspiring.  Thank you!
    Glenda F

  31. Kristie Maynard

    Wonderful card and fabulous video.  I've not seen these 'fragments' before and they look like a lot of fun.  Thanks for sharing this with us.

  32. Connie L. Riley

    Sandy, what a clever technique for making holiday buttons.  I love the idea of putting two different ribbons on a button, too!  These will really dress up my cards and tags.  Thanks for a great video tutorial with good details.

  33. Beverly Jordan

    Fun way to use the fragments! tFS!!

  34. Dixie

    That's a clever technique! And a gorgeous card!

  35. debb

    Beautiful card and great buttons!- I like the technique!

  36. Sandy Trefger

    Awesome! That's amazing that you can make buttons that way! May have to give that a try! 🙂

  37. Nicole Martel

    These are adorable!

  38. Pat K.

    I can always count on you for great ideas and inspiratiion.  I love the button technique!  Thanks.

  39. Sherry Hickey

    This is great, Sandy! It reminds me of making sugar cookies, only they won't be fattening! I can't wait to try this.

  40. Holly Iossa

    How fun!  Beautiful card.

  41. Jamie Greene

    Beautiful project and neat tutorial video!

  42. Penny Douphinett

    Great buttons and video – I just started playing with the Fragments and love 'em!  When my kids were little we had craft time several days a week and the kids always made presents for family.  However, the 3 boys left it all behind but my daughter now knits, crochets, quilts and draws. 

  43. Rosann

    Cute cards. Like the button tutorial and the many ideas with button "adornment" .


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