How 'bout making your own buttons, using Shrinky plastic. I don't have the 'real' name for the product handy, but it's the stuff they make Shrinky-Dinks out of. 8x11 piece of special plastic, clear or translucent. Draw and color your design, punch holes for sewing thread to go through. Heat it in the toaster oven and it shrinks to about 1/4 size or less. The translucent plastic shrinks to opaque. The plastic thickens considerably when it shrinks. Making buttons is one of the featured uses on the packaging.
Maybe it can even be used to make beads....
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Other Ideas Using "Shrink It" Plastic
Get some Alene's Shrink It, draw some pictures of girls or uniforms and use a hole punch to make the hole for the thread. Youl'll have to experiment on the sizes, since the pictures will shrink down 65%. It's pretty cheap and fun to use! I've used it to make charms for necklaces and earrings, and pins for swaps!