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Ivy & Bean buttons were cute & fun to make, "button maker" leaves something to be desired
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2012
This Ivy & Bean button maker churns out 15 small, but cute, buttons with illustrations that mirror the book series. My seven year old is a huge fan of the Ivy & Bean books, so she loved making these buttons. She cranked them all out in about a half hour, but had fun wearing and sharing them with her friends.
There are enough materials to make 15 buttons that are about 1" in diameter. There are more than 15 pictures to choose from, so you get some leftover illustrations. The paper is quite thin, but once it's assembled in the button it doesn't really matter. The "button maker" is a somewhat crude piece of rubbery plastic - you lay down the plastic covering, picture, button backs- then smash it together with another somewhat crude piece of harder plastic. It works, but the buttons aren't very secure unless you REALLY smash the pieces together. Definitely nothing like the actual button presses I've used in the past, but for the price, I really can't complain.