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Design Inspiration

We’ve compiled cool designs, how-to guides, and expert tips & tricks to help you design the very best buttons.

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Button History

From cheeky flapper buttons to historical campaign buttons, read on to learn more about button history.

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Button Up for the Solar Eclipse!

Apr 5th 2024

Button Up for the Solar Eclipse!
Buttons and stickers are more than just accessories– they’re also a way to commemorate special moments. We’ve been seeing a lot of great orders gearing up for the Total Solar Eclipse happening on … read more
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Sticker Profile: Fungi Perfecti

Feb 27th 2024

Sticker Profile: Fungi Perfecti
Our sticker printers are always churning out something new and they’ve been working double time lately making some awesome stickers for our friends at Fungi Perfecti! We reached out to them to lear … read more
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Emma's Love Letter to Stickers

Feb 9th 2024

You can tell so much about a person based on what stickers they choose to put on their personal items. This is something I actively pay attention to; it's a small window into someone’s life. Even if i … read more
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Creative Ways to Use Magnets

Jan 16th 2024

Creative Ways to Use Magnets
Magnets are a great way to elevate any magnetic surface. They’re a functional product that can be used in an unlimited amount of ways. We’ve collected a few of our favorite creative ideas from some of … read more
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Memorial Buttons

Dec 13th 2023

Memorial Buttons
Memorial buttons are a cost effective memento to share at a wake, memorial, funeral, or celebration of life. Grieving friends and families can wear the memory of their beloved everyday. Busy Beaver ha … read more
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Healthcare Holiday Merch Guide

Nov 16th 2023

Healthcare Holiday Merch Guide
Every day is an opportunity to spread awareness about causes that hit close to home. With different health-based observances occurring daily, weekly, monthly– it can be a bit overwhelming figuring out … read more
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Button Displays Through History

Nov 7th 2023

Button Displays Through History
Packaging and buttons have always gone hand in hand. Throughout the button’s lifetime, there have been a variety of different iterations of how they’ve been displayed. Whether they’ve been for retail … read more
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The History of Pens

Jul 26th 2023

The History of Pens
Pens and the written language have been an incredibly important instrument in the way stories and messages have traveled and been preserved over centuries. Without these institutions and mediums, w … read more
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How To Use Enamel Pins

Jul 5th 2023

How To Use Enamel Pins
Enamel pins are a great way to commemorate events with a completely personalized product. Did you know that when you order enamel pins, a custom mold is made specifically for you? Many of our cu … read more
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How to Make Holographic Stickers

Jun 14th 2023

How to Make Holographic Stickers
Yes, you’ve heard correctly– Busy Beaver now offers custom holographic stickers! 2023 has been a big year for us sticker-wise, from getting an additional printer that has helped increase our capaci … read more
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How To Make Buttons

Dec 8th 2022

How To Make Buttons
It’s the question we get the most- How Do I Make Buttons? The short answer is that Busy Beaver can do it for you! Whether you are wondering how to make buttons with pictures on them or create butto … read more
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What To Sell In A Gift Shop

Sep 1st 2022

What To Sell In A Gift Shop
We’ve been helping our clients create custom keepsakes since 1995. After seeing so many gift shops like yours thrive with the right products we’ve created a guide to share our expertise. Here our a … read more
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How To Style Buttons

Jun 28th 2022

How To Style Buttons
Buttons are just another accessory. Like earrings, a scarf, or a hat, they all add something to one’s outfit. They’re the ultimate way to show off your interests and spread a message. Buttons can a … read more
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Doctor Appreciation Day

Jun 7th 2022

Doctor Appreciation Day
Doctor Appreciation Day - March 30th “Thank you, Doctor” is a simple phrase but can mean the world to the caregivers who sacrifice so much of their own time to be available for the needs of o … read more
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Nurse Appreciation Week

Jun 7th 2022

Nurse Appreciation Week
Nurse Appreciation Week - May 6-12 Thank a nurse whenever you see one but especially on nurse appreciation day, May 6, which kicks off nurse appreciation week. There’s more ways to say “Thank … read more
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CNA Appreciation Week

Jun 7th 2022

CNA Appreciation Week
CNA Appreciation Week - June 17-23 A CNA, or certified nursing assistant, is among one of the many unsung heroes that keep a hospital running. Make sure to take some time to honor the hard wo … read more
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Emma's Band Merch Ideas

Apr 21st 2022

Emma's Band Merch Ideas
I truly allow myself to splurge when it comes to  band merchandise. I’m a fairly frugal person otherwise, but as soon as I see an array of shirts and posters hung up in front of my eyes, I l … read more
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To Kiss Cut or Not To Kiss Cut

Feb 8th 2022

To Kiss Cut or Not To Kiss Cut
Creating the best final product is a top priority for us at Busy Beaver which is why we want to introduce you to our new kiss-cut border option for sticker printing! Through our testing, we've fou … read more
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Advice From Women Owned Businesses

Dec 7th 2021

Advice From Women Owned Businesses
We spoke to “Founding Sister” Bridget Jones of  Smart Sister Finance, a female focused financial coaching service, CEO of Smart Ass & Sass Abby Bartholomew, one of the creators of t … read more
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Top 5 Things that are Square

Jun 29th 2021

Top 5 Things that are Square
We put together a fun list of the best square things to show off one of the more unique shapes we offer. Don’t overlook the square sizes! Heck, some designs just work better with four sides. Here a … read more
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Easy Earth Day Crafts

Apr 8th 2021

Easy Earth Day Crafts
We Beavers love our planet! We make a conscious effort to reduce our carbon "paw print" every chance we get. Our headquarters is powered by the sun and all buttons are created using US made recycle … read more
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Best Vintage Fonts for Buttons

Mar 11th 2021

Best Vintage Fonts for Buttons
For a button to be successful sometimes all you need is a bold font and a strong message. The right typeface can really make your design last throughout history.  Inspired by some of our fav … read more
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Born To Be Crafty

Jan 7th 2021

Born To Be Crafty
Kate Thurman, the creator and designer behind Smarty Pants Paper Co., has been making note cards literally since childhood. “My after school art teacher had a Gocco screen printing machine, an … read more
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Spread Button-y Cheer In 2020

Dec 9th 2020

Spread Button-y Cheer In 2020
The holiday season is here again, but 2020 looks a little different than it has in holidays past. Just because we can’t be together doesn’t mean we can’t spread cheer. We’ve put together a gift guide … read more
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Pronoun Pins & Buttons

Feb 12th 2020

Pronoun Pins & Buttons
Learn how five organizations use pronoun pins to show support and help educate the public. A pronoun is as much a part of a person's identity as their name. And since pronouns should not be assume … read more
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Beyond B Corp

Dec 12th 2019

Beyond B Corp
How sustainable brands innovate to make the world better Today, consumers expect more from the businesses they buy stuff from. It’s no longer enough to have a unique product, reasonable prices, … read more
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Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

Dec 4th 2019

Easy DIY Christmas Gifts
Gift giving season is here! Now is the perfect time to start creating those personalized gifts to give to your loved ones. With custom buttons and magnets, you can let them know they're appreciated … read more
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How to: Displays for Buttons

Nov 2nd 2019

How to: Displays for Buttons
You've done the work to design a button or create a button. And the  custom pins have arrived and you're ready to use them to spread the word about your band, your crafts, or brand. But you … read more
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Bands, Buttons, and Backrim Text!

Oct 31st 2019

Bands, Buttons, and Backrim Text!
Everybody knows that bands and buttons go hand in hand. For your fans, they're an inexpensive merch item they can wear to show their undying love for your band every day. And for you as a band memb … read more
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History of the Button

Jul 1st 2019

History of the Button
Did you know that July 21st is the button's birthday? The celebration date is based on the day in 1896 when the final patent on the pin buttons was granted to the nation’s first and foremost button … read more
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Top Ten Traits of a Trusted Partner

May 17th 2019

Top Ten Traits of a Trusted Partner
Running a small business often means having to hire specialists to help get you where you’re trying to go. Most small business owners don’t have the funds or resources to hire a full-time person fo … read more
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Cannabis Swag Regulations: What You Need to Know

May 13th 2019

Cannabis Swag Regulations: What You Need to Know
In 2018, the legal marijuana industry grew to $10.4 billion dollars in the US. That’s pretty impressive considering brands and dispensaries are severely limited when it comes to advertising and ma … read more
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History of Cubs Buttons

May 1st 2019

History of Cubs Buttons
Do you smell that? Fresh cut grass, newly laid chalk lines, hotdogs on the grill? That's right—it's baseball season! And more exact, Cubs season here in Chicago. Now that Spring Training has wra … read more
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The History of Flapper Buttons

Feb 13th 2019

The History of Flapper Buttons
You might be familiar with the popular fashions of the 1920s: short shift dresses, bobbed hair and feathered headbands. But if you look closer at some old photos you might also notice a small and c … read more
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The History of Streaking Buttons

Jan 1st 2019

The History of Streaking Buttons
Just like buttons, streaking holds a special place in the heart of Americans. Which makes sense why streaking is the subject to so many wonderful (and slightly ironic) buttons in the Button Muse … read more
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History of NASA Buttons

Dec 1st 2018

History of NASA Buttons
From the start, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been an organization pushing boundaries to explore and uncover our galaxy. Since 1958 the mission of NASA has been to ed … read more
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Paws and Pin-Backs

Nov 14th 2018

Paws and Pin-Backs
At Busy Beaver we believe that buttons can be used to affect social change. That is why, every year, we team up with an organization or an individual to curate a  1-inch button artist series … read more
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Pusheen the Cat Buttons Up

Oct 3rd 2018

Pusheen the Cat Buttons Up
Meet  Pusheen the cat. Chances are that you've seen this gray tabby on anything from bathing suits to backpacks, or from plush toys to custom pinbacks. Her cute demeanor first graced th … read more
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The History of Protest Buttons

Oct 1st 2018

The History of Protest Buttons
Along with  campaign buttons, the badge pinned to a lapel in promotion of a cause is among the most iconic of all button types. Social justice buttons have been popular since the pin-back bu … read more
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OurMusicMyBody Starts a Dialogue

Sep 5th 2018

OurMusicMyBody Starts a Dialogue
In light of the #MeToo movement, more conversations are being had about appropriate conduct. It can be a difficult to address the topic of sexual assault and harassment, but as  OurMusicMyBo … read more
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Snoopy Buttons Through History

Aug 29th 2018

Snoopy Buttons Through History
Snoopy, a cartoon dog that needs little introduction. Created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in 1950, Snoopy was the pet dog of the Peanut’s main character, Charlie Brown. The pup didn’t become an … read more
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The History of I ♥ Buttons

Aug 1st 2018

The History of I ♥ Buttons
The real history of the "I ♥" icon started in 1977 with a logo created by Milton Glaser for a Wells Rich Greene ad campaign. Commissioned by Deputy Commissioner William S. Doyle, Glaser designed th … read more
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7 Ways to Use Pride Buttons

May 23rd 2018

7 Ways to Use Pride Buttons
Pride Month is just around the corner, and we put together some of our favorite creative ways to use buttons in your celebrations. From giveaways to fundraising—rainbow flag badges,  LGBTQ b … read more
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April Showers Bring May Flower Pins

May 16th 2018

April Showers Bring May Flower Pins
You know the classic saying, "April Showers bring May Flowers" so the Button Museum is here to deliver a beautiful, button bouquet straight from the archives. Flowers can be used to symbolize a ran … read more
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