Busy Beaver Button Co. specializes in buttons and pins of almost every shape and size.
Our round options include 1 inch, 1.25 inch, 1.5 inch, 2.25 inch, 3 inch, and our biggest button, 6 inch. If you’re looking for square pinback buttons, we offer 1 inch, 1.5 inch and 2 inch square. We also have unique oval and rectangle shapes. All of our custom buttons have a locking pin back. Every button is made with care by a woman-owned business in a solar powered, geothermal facility.
If you want to order custom buttons that are extra special, Busy Beaver offers a variety of exclusive special finishes. You can choose from standard, matte, metallic, glow-in-the-dark, holographic, neon, gold or silver paper, paper bag, and even 24k gold (for 1" only).
And we don't just offer button pins! Busy Beaver also offers a variety of unique products and services, including: Fridge Magnets, Lapel Magnets, Stickers, Mirrors, Bottle Openers, Button Machines, Button Parts, Button Packs, Sticker Packs and more!
Order from the Button Experts
Since 1995, Busy Beaver has been creating custom buttons for clients of all kinds. Our team of dedicated and friendly button experts will work with you to create the custom pinback button of your dreams. Think of us as your friend in the button business - we'll make sure that you'll get the buttons you want, when you want them.
Be Part of Button History
Did you know that the Busy Beaver Button Co. factory also houses a button museum? Yes, that's right! Christen Carter, the owner of Busy Beaver, loves buttons so much that she created the world's only Pin-back Button Museum. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the button. When you order custom buttons from Busy Beaver, a sample of your order is automatically donated to the museum. So you're not just getting a high quality batch of custom buttons, you're becoming part of button history.
Custom Buttons FAQs
What are custom buttons?
Custom pinback buttons are the perfect custom merchandise. They’re affordable, high quality and make for excellent keepsakes. Custom buttons are made of metal parts, usually steel, that gets pressed with printed artwork. They are then covered with plastic and have a pin affixed on the back to form a custom wearable item.
What is the difference between buttons and pins?
The words button and pin are often used interchangeably. How we define the difference: Buttons are created with your design printed and pressed onto steel, while pins, specifically enamel pins, are casted metal shaped by a mold.
How do I use your online button designer?
Follow our step-by-step video to learn how to make your own buttons online with our easy-to-use design tool.
How can I use custom buttons?
We are fanatics for pinback buttons here at Busy Beaver Button Company so we think there is no situation where a few good customized pins could not come in handy!
Because of their small size customizable buttons make the perfect souvenir. Make treasured keepsakes for anything from birthday parties to music concerts and any event in between. Button pins are easy to collect for those of us who want to have a tangible reminder of our memories. They don’t take up much room in a suitcase, pocket, or purse so your customers will not worry about how to carry them back home. And, for those of you thinking it, yes, you can wear your buttons on your bag through airport security!
In addition to being a wonderful marker for events in our lives, customized buttons also serve another purpose that applies to all of us: a way to communicate. Buttons custom made to your specs have the ability to share ideas and the things we support without us having us to say a word! This communication can be used in all sorts of ways: make promotional buttons to spread the word about your new business through your customers, customize button pins with your school’s mascot on it to show your spirit, you can even make a button with your favorite non-profit to raise awareness. Because they are easy to display on your bag, purse, and jacket, the ideas that are important to us will spread everywhere we go! Your customized button may spark interest and even conversation to someone passing by.
Can you make buttons with pictures on them?
Yes, we can make photo buttons. Just submit a digital version of your photo and we can create custom photo buttons for you. Picture buttons make for amazing keepsakes, party favors, or gifts.
Where can I get buttons made?
No one knows promotional buttons better than Busy Beaver Button Co.! We’re more than happy to help you take your first step into the pin back universe and answer any questions you may have along the way.
What does turnaround time mean?
Turnaround time refers to how long it will take to create your order. Busy Beaver’s standard turnaround time is 5 days for production plus shipping time. We have several rush options available if you need your buttons sooner, even the same or next day, just let us know!
How do I get custom buttons fast?
At Busy Beaver Button Co., we can meet any deadline. For turnarounds quicker than 4 business days, please email us directly at email@example.com so we can make rush arrangements.
What are pinback buttons? What is a locking pinback button?
A pinback button is a button or badge that can be attached using a pin formed from wire. Locking pins have a hook that catches the end of the pin, so it can’t fall off. All of our buttons have locking pinbacks unless you request something special like a lapel magnet back. Below is a look at the back of our buttons. You can see all of our locking pinback options.
How much does it cost to make buttons?
Prices range from $0.55/each for 50 1 inch buttons to $0.24/each for 10,0000 2.25 inch buttons. Our prices vary depending on size, special finish, and quantity, but the one constant is that you’re getting the best bulk buttons available. See the pricing chart above for full quantity price breaks.
Can I package custom buttons?
Yes, we can definitely add custom packaging when you order custom buttons. Our button customization extends to our packaging, too! We have bag and toppers, flat packs, and display packs as well as display/flat pack hybrids to choose from. Adding packaging to your customizable pins will give them the look of a finished product.
If you are packing up several smaller buttons together, a bag and topper, display pack or a display/flat pack hybrid would make a great choice! For those who want to pack up singles of the larger custom button pins, flat packs and display packs work really well.
How can I make my own buttons?
You can get started right here on this page. Use our button customizer to upload your artwork, choose the size and special finish you want and then enter the quantity you wish to order. You can use the visualizer tool to adjust your design on the button face until it’s the customize button of your dreams. Feel free to select a proof if you want extra support from our designer and don’t forget to add rim text to the back! This is a free, non-required addition where you can print something on the back of the button like a website, a date, or even a secret message.
Is the visualizer and a digital proof not cutting it for you? We got you covered! We can create a physical sample for you of your button upon request for $5 per product. To request a physical sample, you will need to reach out to our customer service team directly. Drop us a line to get started at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our in-house design team will review artwork to ensure you will receive the very best pinback buttons and products.
Our design team will check your artwork to make sure it has the proper image resolution and size, art is within the safe area and includes a full bleed, color is CMYK and rim text is placed correctly.
If your artwork looks good, we'll begin production. If changes are needed, you will receive an email from our design team within 1 business day.
• Free Ground Shipping included with every order
• Standard Turnaround: 1 week plus ground shipping time
• Rush Turnaround: 4 - 7 Days. Choose a rush shipping option at checkout.
• Need them quicker? Contact us and we'll do our best to make it happen!
Every button is created in a solar-powered, geothermal facility using US-made recycled steel parts, a combination of recycled and sustainably reforested papers, and non-toxic toner. Learn more about how we create eco friendly promotional products.
Please submit artwork according to the following guidelines:
• Art is in CMYK Color
• Art is at least 300 dpi
• Art is at least the size of your chosen button
• All fonts are outlined
• All linked images are embedded in file
• Fonts are 5pt size or above
• Line weight is 0.5pt thick or above
Accepted File Types (Max size: 10mb)
.jpg, .png, .psd, .eps, .ai
Need color matching?
We print in Four Color Process Printing (CMYK), but are happy to match Uncoated Pantone process colors at no charge upon request. To request color matching, please provide PMS color matching info in the comment section of your order. Please note, your artwork must be a vector file with that spot color set up in the design.
Exceptional Quality Control is applied to every stage of our production process, from the review of your artwork to the manufacturing and shipping of your custom buttons. This Commitment to Quality is evidence of our 5-Star Rating and 20+ years of happy customers!
We produce all our custom buttons in the most environmentally efficient way possible. We’ve built sustainability into every part of our business, from using geothermal heating and cooling to making sure all our diy pinback buttons are made from recycled materials. Some of our green manufacturing processes include:
• Your artwork is printed on a combination of recycled and sustainably reforested papers
• The metal part of the buttons and pins is US-made recycled steel.
• Our factory is a renovated a century-old building in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with eco-friendly insulation, geothermal heating and cooling and reclaimed building materials.
• Our use of solar power offsets our carbon footprint to save an average of 9 trees every month. That’s enough oxygen for 27 people!
• Nearly all of our suppliers are located within a 100 mile radius of our factory. We support local businesses while also cutting down on the emissions produced and fuel used during shipping.
• More than half of our employees bike to work. This not only helps combat noise pollution, reduce traffic in the area, but riding to work rather than driving can cut down on total household emissions by at least 6%.