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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sep 9th 2014

How to Give Buttons Away
Giving stuff away isn't difficult. Who doesn't like something for free, right? Buttons make great freebies to give away, but handing out swag can be a strategic move when you're promoting yourself … read more
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May 30th 2014

Good Eggs Buttons Up
I've been known to order from grocery delivery services from time to time— I don't have to carry 30 pounds of cat litter up two flights of stairs and they delivered during this year's Polar Vortex! Bu … read more
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Oct 1st 2013

Nyan Cat Buttons Up
Busy Beaver has become the go-to button manufacturer for internet famous cats! We've previously blogged about making  Lil Bub buttons and other internet cats, and now we're honored to be mak … read more
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Aug 14th 2013

Citizen Brick Buttons Up
Citizen Brick, the folks behind the unofficial Breaking Bad Lego set, recently placed an order for some 1-inch buttons using our special finishes:Citizen Brick buttons using our glow-in-the-dark … read more
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Sep 14th 2012

Jon Contino Buttons Up
Jon Contino is a NYC-based illustrator and designer who recently created this vintage-inspired set of buttons. If you already have one, consider yourself part of the creative "in crowd."Jon said of hi … read more
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Aug 9th 2011

Anders Nilsen Buttons Up
The Chicago art button scene adores Anders Nilsen for his installations at a private residence and Lula Cafe. Hold onto your pin-backs for his largest piece yet. Pictured is the newest work b … read more
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