How to Make Resin Buttons

Written by brenda priddy | 13/05/2017
How to Make Resin Buttons
Resin can be turned into nearly any kind of button. (buttons image by Alison Bowden from

Resin is a versatile material that can be used for a variety of crafts. Resin is excellent for creating buttons. You can make almost any kind of button from polyester resin. The key is to make a mould from an existing button to keep the shape that you want the resin buttons to have. Clear resin is easy to use with further embellishments such as flower petals, beads or gold powder to create unusual buttons that add beauty to a scrapbook page or garment.

Mix the two parts of the mould putty together with your fingers to create one even colour. Roll the putty into a smooth ball that has no creases or uneven sides.

Press a button into the surface of the ball. Press the button down into the mould putty until the back of the button is as high as the rim of the mould. You can press a little deeper, but the deeper you make the hole, the thicker the button will be. Allow the button to sit in the mould putty for 30 minutes.

Peel the button out of the mould. If it sticks, use an icepick to help remove it carefully from the mould.

Mix the resin together with the hardener. Pour the resin into the mould. Take care not to pour in enough resin to cover the holes. If you are not making a button with holes in the centre, then you don't have to worry about the holes filling with resin.

Add any details to the resin as desired, such as gold leaf or small beads. If you are not using button holes for the button, slip a button shank into the resin while it is still wet to help it adhere to the back of the button.

Allow the resin to dry for 24 hours. Pop the button out of the mould. Check the holes on the button to see if they are filled. If they are, you can drill the holes back into the button with a small drill bit placed on a craft drill.

Things you need

  • Mold putty
  • Buttons
  • Icepick
  • Polyester resin
  • Small embellishments
  • Craft drill
  • Small drill bit
  • Button shanks

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