DIY How to make Candy Buttons

How to Make Candy Buttons

Surprise yourself, the kids and your friends by making your own candy buttons! These colorful candies are a fun and easy DIY project!

Homemade candy buttons make great, inexpensive party treats and fillers for party bags!

This kid friendly project is great for any time of year, it’s fun to tailor the candy button colors to the season – red and green for Christmas, pastels for Spring, green for St. Patrick’s Day, red for Valentine’s Day, orange for Halloween!

Making candy buttons is a also a great rainy day activity!

At our kid’s birthday parties we’ve used the candy buttons as a fun game, just give each child a strip of candy buttons and the child who finishes eating the candies first wins a prize. We’ve had a few cheaters who get halfway through and start eating the paper!

Homemade candy button ingredients:

4 cups Confectioners Sugar
3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder (buy it here)
4 to 6 Tablespoons Warm Water
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
A few drops Various colors of Food Coloring
Strips of white paper
Ziploc bags or cake decorating bags

Here’s a candy dot template to print and use underneath the paper on which you’re going to pipe your candy buttons.


Instructions to make candy buttons:

  • Add the sugar, meringue powder, water and vanilla to a large bowl and beat for approximately 10 minutes, until the icing forms stiff peaks. You may need to add a little more water or sugar depending on the humidity in your kitchen.
  • Divide the icing into two or three bowls. Add a few drops of food color to each bowl and mix well. Continue adding drops until you are happy with the colors.
  • Spoon each color of icing into a sandwich bag which you will use like a piping bag (snip a tiny piece off of one of the corners, squeeze the frosting down toward the corner and twist the top so the frosting doesn’t come out the top into your hands). You can also use piping bags instead of ziploc bags.
  • Cut the paper into strips. Place the papers onto baking sheets. Squeeze the icing out onto the paper strips in small dots, 3 across the strip of paper.
  • Continue piping down the paper, changing the color every 4 to 6 rows. Keep the rows and columns of dots even and in line with each other.
  • Place the baking sheets filled with candy buttons in a dry cool place to dry.


Have fun making and eating these DIY Candy Buttons with the family!


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