Dotty Birds started with two friends Caroline and Frankie who had a shared passion for creativity. We felt that everyone should get the chance to free their imagination. We wanted to create an activity pack for all ages that was fun to do and produced a finished product that would look great.
The idea originated when Caroline was working with bereaved children. Every year the children would write messages for a remembrance tree in the local church at Christmas. To make it more special for the children, we used MDF shapes such as hearts and stars, decorated with buttons of all shapes & sizes, so they could keep what they had made as a memento.
The second year we used the same concept but also made extra to sell to raise funds for the charity. Frankie bought some of these but then suggested we could we do a horse shape for her granddaughter to decorate herself, she absolutely loved doing it and we then made more for other family members and the feedback was phenomenal.
We both went on to develop the idea of creating a complete pack that included the shape, buttons and glue. We then trialed them at a few small shows and workshops and soon realised what a special product we had and its huge potential for getting people, especially children, to engage in crafting making - a change from using technology to have fun. Everything else grew from this point.
The packs have been be adapted for use in care and residential homes, rehabilitation centres, SEN schools and many more therapeutic outlets.
We hope you all enjoy our Button-it Activity Packs.