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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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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 a cheap merch item they can wear to show their undying love for your band every day. And for you as a band members, bu … 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 perso … 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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