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Button Haikus

Button Haikus

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day, and in honor of the holiday the Beavers wrote a series of poems about some of the buttons we look at in the Button Museum every day. So if you ever see us staring off into the distance at work, don’t worry– we’re not daydreaming, just thinking up our...
Superfans: The Yetee Buttons Up for Limited Edition T-shirts & Buttons

Superfans: The Yetee Buttons Up for Limited Edition T-shirts & Buttons

If there’s one genre that can get the Beaver’s talking, it’s superfan buttons. In the past we’ve featured Fangamer’s nods to old-school gaming, Citizen Brick’s homage to everyone’s favorite chem teacher/drug dealer and our own Game of Thrones-inspired tribute to the Busy Beaver’s busy season, “Summer is coming.” Heck, yours truly is even in on the superfan...
Super Hero Buttons: Nerfect at C2E2

Super Hero Buttons: Nerfect at C2E2

Britton Walters and his cast of Nerfect characters are regulars on the summer festival circuit. From Renegade Craft Fair to Riot Fest, Mr. Walters can often be found in a booth surrounded by diabolical hot dog t-shirts, plushie pugs, and 1-inch buttons galore. So with C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) just around the corner,...
6 Inch Button Inspiration from the Button Museum

6 Inch Button Inspiration from the Button Museum

Though it was only a few weeks ago that Busy Beaver debuted 6″ buttons, the jumbo size isn’t new in the button world. In fact, the Button Museum collection hosts a collection of 6 inchers used for all sorts of advertising, souveneir and promotional applications. Here are a few of our favorites– A promotional button...
Museum Fundraising: The Art Institute Buttons Up

Museum Fundraising: The Art Institute Buttons Up

For non-profits and museums, coming up with creative ways to engage supporters can be tough. You want to encourage donations with gifts and prizes, but you don’t want to break the bank either. That’s why buttons can work so well— they’re inexpensive but are high quality and wearable making them lasting tokens of appreciation. That’s...
"Word Nerd" Magnets Champion Good Grammar

“Word Nerd” Magnets Champion Good Grammar

“There’s no shortage of grammar and punctuation misuse out there in the world, so it didn’t take much to inspire these monster designs.” So explained Voz Perkins, creative mind behind Fishcakes and the maker of a set of “Word Nerd” magnets, on the inspiration behind her pro-grammar designs. Voz’s grammar monsters boast of using correct punctuation...
Have a Nice Day: Button Museum Lends Smiley Buttons to The Smile Face Museum

Have a Nice Day: Button Museum Lends Smiley Buttons to The Smile Face Museum

Even before Forrest Gump took credit for it’s creation, the smiley face was one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, with the smiley face button being one of the more popular applications. The Button Museum’s collection of smiley buttons is extensive enough that we devoted an entire category of the online catalog to...
Cute Dog Buttons: Giveaways at the National Stationery Show

Cute Dog Buttons: Giveaways at the National Stationery Show

I may be the resident cat lover (my monitor at work is covered with cat buttons), but I can also appreciate a cute dog button. Especially when the buttons feature dogs wearing adorable outfits, like these 1-inchers from Lydia & Pugs: Dawn Wood, owner of Lydia & Pugs, says of the buttons, “I will be...
Busy Beaver Introduces Snack Buttons!

Busy Beaver Introduces Snack Buttons!

Hungry? Grab a button! Busy Beaver is excited to announce our newest button innovation: snack buttons! Snack buttons come in four delicious varieties: doughnut, pizza, orange and sushi. Snack buttons pin securely to your shirt, lapel or bag and offer simple and tasty on-the-go snacking. . So grab a button and start snacking! Wanna see...
Buttons Celebrate Bob Dylan's Uncelebrated Years

Buttons Celebrate Bob Dylan’s Uncelebrated Years

What your favorite Bob Dylan? Freewheelin’ 1960s? Blood on the Tracks 1970s? Christmas in the Heart 2000′s? It’s a pretty safe guess that you didn’t answer 1980′s Dylan, but a new tribute album reconsiders what was arguably Bob Dylan’s least-popular decade. Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One, resurrects songs from that overlooked period in Dylan’s...
Button Inspiration: Crackers

Button Inspiration: Crackers

When processing customer orders, we can usually guess how the buttons will be used— a bag & topper created by a band will be sold as merch, logo buttons will be used for promotion, and a photo of a cute kid on a button usually means a birthday. But when we saw these square saltine...
3 Uses for 6 Inch Buttons

3 Uses for 6 Inch Buttons

Ready to think BIG and get in on the 6″ button action? Sure, you might want to make a 6 inchers, but it can be overwhelming to figure out what to put on it– it’s not everyday you get the chance to create a promotional item roughly the size of a salad plate! There are...