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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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Podcast Merch Survival Guide

Aug 12th 2021

Podcast Merch Survival Guide
The love for podcasts has exploded over the last few years! They’re a convenient and accessible way to digest content. You can listen to your favorite shows just about anywhere… at the office, on y … 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 10th 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, and w … 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 1st 2019

How to: Displays for Buttons
You've done the work to design a button or create a button. And the pins have arrived and you're ready to use them to spread the word about your band, your crafts, or brand. But you have one more i … 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 button was … 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 buttons, … 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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5 Creative Ways to Fundraise

May 2nd 2018

5 Creative Ways to Fundraise
Whether your organization is just starting out or has been established for years and is looking for new ways to incentivize donations, we wanted to help by pulling together a list of five creative … read more
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Buttons That Make Us Laugh

Apr 11th 2018

Buttons That Make Us Laugh
Let's face it—everyone right now could use a good laugh right about now. On the one hand, the internet makes it extremely easy to spread the unfortunate word of tragedy, so we thought we'd try to h … read more
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Sparkle Finish: 4 Shining Tips

Jan 3rd 2018

Sparkle Finish: 4 Shining Tips
In addition to quick and quality service, Busy Beaver offers one of the widest varieties of custom button special finishes. The sparkle finish adds an amazing shine and glittery effect to all butto … read more
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Everytown for Gun Safety

Dec 13th 2017

Everytown for Gun Safety
Not only is gun violence prevention one of the most polarizing issues in America right now, it’s also one of the most ubiquitous. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, "everyday 93 Americans ar … read more
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Top 5 Things that are Rectangular

May 31st 2017

Top 5 Things that are Rectangular
Here's a special list dedicated to our unique and historic size: custom rectangle buttons. It's been many years since the release of our quad-sided friend and to celebrate, here's a round-up of the … read more
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How To: Birthday Pins and Buttons

May 10th 2017

How To: Birthday Pins and Buttons
Birthdays only happen once a year, but with custom birthday buttons you can keep the celebration going. Use our step-by-step guide to create your very own happy birthday button for friends, family m … read more
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7 Table Tips on How to Sell Comics

Apr 5th 2017

7 Table Tips on How to Sell Comics
It’s almost Table Season! Comic artists across the country are gearing up to sell at comic conventions, art fairs, and zine fests. But in the sea of vendors, how do you get noticed? I've reac … read more
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BlackPaint Studios Makes an Impact

Mar 29th 2017

BlackPaint Studios Makes an Impact
Katie Mullen and Jordan Pintar were fed up. After years in the corporate ad world, they were sick of the condoned culture of misogyny and the lack of female creative leadership. Jordan and Katie … read more
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Art of the Pin Game

Mar 15th 2017

Art of the Pin Game
How pins and patches have taken over popular culture During your next trip to the coffee shop, take a look around. Chances are more than half the folks sipping lattes will be wearing a  … read more
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From Screen to Printed Button

Mar 1st 2017

From Screen to Printed Button
Here at Busy Beaver, we hold ourselves to the highest button quality standard. We work hard to make our customers the highest quality buttons, provide friendly and helpful assistance, all at a grea … read more
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CMYK vs. RGB for Beginners

Dec 14th 2016

CMYK vs. RGB for Beginners
When you're new to print design, color can suddenly feel a bit overwhelming. What used to be as simple as ROY G. BIV now has lots of strange acronyms and new terms floating around-- RGB? CMYK? S … read more
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