This is halfa-handmade. Got it? Kinda handmade and kinda not. Just go with it, because I'm fascinated.
Did you know you can dye buttons? O.M.G! I never, ever would have thought to try this but now I'm scouring the internet for free white buttons to try a few different colors (because I'm cheap like that, yes). And they totally sucked me in with the color separation in the muffin tin - I'm a sucker for organization, okay? I took all of this straight from the Rit blog post.
•Rit Liquid or Powder dye: any color, or mix dyes to create a custom color
•Disposable plastic containers for dyeing buttons
•Spoon for mixing dyes
•Plastic table cover
1. Cover work surface with a plastic table cover.
2. Decide what colors you like and prepare dye according to the basic recipe below. Liquid dyes are more concentrated than powder dyes so use half as much dye. Always test color with fabric scrap or paper towel before dyeing buttons. If color is too light, add more dye; if it is too dark, add more water.
Basic Recipe: Measure and mix 1 teaspoon liquid dye or 2 teaspoons powder dye with 1 Cup HOT Water. Shake liquid dyes before measuring. Water should be about 140°F. If your tap water is not hot enough, heat some in the microwave or a tea kettle.
3. Pour dye and water into a plastic container; stir. Make sure container is deep enough.
4. Immerse buttons in dye solution for 2 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally and check color frequently. Remove buttons when desired color is achieved. Rinse buttons, then wash with soap and water, and rinse and dry with paper towels.
Take your plain, ordinary, sad white buttons from this:
To this (oh, help me Rhonda!):
And see this? Possibly the cutest thing I've seen done with buttons all day: