Buttons, Badges & Pins - People Power Blog

Well Canada, this is an election year. While we don’t know what day we will be headed to the polls to vote in the next federal election, we do know that buttons will be part of the plan for many candidates.

Buttons actually have a long history of being used by politicians during election campaigns. Abraham Lincoln and his opponents used a precursor to the pinback button in their election campaigns as far back as 1860.

So if you are running for office or involved as part of an election team for anyone running in the upcoming federal elections, you might want to think about using custom election buttons during your campaign.

Here are some ways that buttons can be used for political campaigns:

1) Identifying volunteers canvassing on behalf of the electoral candidate or political party
2) Low cost promotional hand-outs for supporters to wear and share along the campaign trail
3) Branding! Buttons can carry your message/slogan, your name and your colours to help people know who you are and what you stand for. And, if they wear one, it helps them tell others who they are voting for and what they stand for.

Which type of button should you order?

2.25” to 3” round buttons are the most commonly ordered custom campaign buttons, but if you stand for change or simply want to capture peoples’ attention, you might want to consider a more unusual shape (like Oval, Rectangle or Diamond).

What should you include in your design?

That’s really up to you, but common things to be included on a custom campaign button are:
1) The name of the candidate
2) The party he/she represents
3) The riding he/she represents
4) The year of the election
5) The colours of his/her party
6) A declaration of endorsement (usually along the outside/back edge), which declares who has sponsored/paid for the promotional materials and that the person in question is authorized to be campaigning on behalf of that party

Colour matching your party’s colours

We have made buttons for all of Canada’s major political parties so we know that having your buttons match your party’s official colours is very important.

If you are submitting your own design files, but colour matching is crucial, please tell us when you place your order. While we cannot guarantee “colour matching” (due to the limitations of our printers), we do a very good job of getting very close. This does, however, take a bit longer than a regular button job, so give us extra notice and we’ll make sure you get exactly what you want by the date you need it. You may also want to consider getting a physical proof shipped to you. If that is the case, we’ll need at least an extra week of lead time to account for shipping time and any edits that may need to be done before going to production.

Ways to create the design files for your custom button order:

If you are familiar with graphic design and using design programs, you can check out our free design templates.

If you aren’t a designer, you should check out the easy-to-use and free online button design software Button Designer.

We also provide design services and can create top notch campaign button designs for you in house. Pricing runs from $15 - $60 per design.

Want to make your own campaign buttons?

Here are some button maker kits that will make traditional sized campaign buttons:

2.25" Button Maker Kit2.5" Button Press Starter Kit3" button kit make campaign buttons

If you already have a button maker, make sure you are well stocked with all the button parts you need when an election is called.

 2.25" button making supplies Parts for 2.5" button maker

3" button supplies parts

Not sure what you need, but just know you want to be election-ready?

We have lots of experience producing quality buttons in high volumes, have fast turnaround times, and ship all over Canada and beyond! Give us a call today and we can help you get what you need.

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We know that buying a button maker is no small investment. So when our customers want to buy their first button maker, we always get asked “what size?”

Now you don’t have to choose when you buy our new multi-die button maker the FLEX2000.

The FLEX2000 hand press allows you to make different sized buttons easily with interchangeable sliding dies. Go ahead, do a happy dance if you want to!

See how it works here:

With the FLEX system, you can buy the dies you want all at once or pick them up as you go. You will need to purchase the FLEX2000 Start-Up Kit with the 2-1/4” die as this includes the machine base.

Then you can buy additional add-on dies in 1”, 1-1/4”, 1-1/2” and 1-3/4” sizes.

The start-up kit and add-on die packages all include:
- Everything to make 100 pinback buttons
- Everything to make 10 peel and stick magnets
- Rotary Cutter

This machine uses standard parts. Each die makes a different button size so make sure you purchase the right parts for the die sets you have.


Like this machine, but looking to make something a bit bigger? Check out the FLEX3000 to make 3” buttons!


Want to see the machine in action? If you live in the Toronto area, pass through the store and we will show you how to make your own button with one of the FLEX2000 or FLEX3000 machines!

As always, if you have any questions, just give us a call or email us. We’d be happy to talk to you about these great new machines or any other button-related question you have!


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We have been making buttons for the fantastic folks at USC Canada and their I Am A Seed Saver Campaign for a while now and we love food, so we’re excited to tell you about the great work they are doing!

The I Am A Seed Saver Campaign is meant to #CelebrateSeeds, which are the foundation of our food system and are source of the rich and resilient biodiversity of what we eat.


USC Canada is working with family farmers in 11 countries around the world, including Canada, so they can continue saving good seeds and growing good food for their communities.

They have recruited some big name friends to support the campaign and be seed savers. Musicians Feist, Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta!, Jim Cuddy, Amy Millan of Stars, Ian Thornley of Big Wreck, Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire, Bruce Cockburn and Sam Roberts are all standing up for seeds. Go to iamaseedsaver.org to see what they have to say.

In addition to this great video, USC Canada’s awesome site is full of great information and resources. So take some time to look around and learn how you too can become a seed saver!

To keep up to date with USC Canada and the great work they are doing, you can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

USC Seed Saver buttons by People Power Press

If you would like to nominate the good folks at USC Canada for the 2015 People Power Award, you can fill out the form here.

If you would like us to make custom buttons to support the work you do, give us a shout and we will walk you through the process – we can use your artwork or design something for you from scratch.

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While the weather here in Toronto is still trying to make up its mind, we are thinking of all the Teaching Assistants from York University and the University of Toronto who have been outside on the picket lines daily for the past few weeks.

Education is so valuable! And we are pleased that buttons are helping these guys get that message out. :)


If you would like to show your support for TAs, you can find them online:

CUPE 3093 (York University) is on Facebook  and Twitter. Follow #BetterYork.

CUPE 3092 (University of Toronto) is on Facebook  and Twitter or follow #WeAreUofT.

Need custom buttons for your own union, protest, or demonstration? We can help! Contact us :)

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We love our local farmer’s market so when we got the opportunity to design something for our friends at Farmers’ Markets Ontario, we were pretty thrilled.
I love my Farmers' Market buttons and promotional cards by People Power Press

Farmers’ Markets Ontario played host to the 2015 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention where the theme was Connect for Success as horticultural specialists gathered from around the world to share stories, strategies and networking opportunities.

These buttons and cards were distributed at the convention that took place Feb. 18-19 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Custom I Love My Farmers' Market buttons by People Power Press

“We are hosting a market manager’s day and I’m quite certain the managers are going to love these buttons,” said Christine Scheer, a member of Farmers’ Markets Ontario and the farmers' market manager at London's Covent Garden Market. “What a great way to promote our markets.”

If you liked the Farmers’ Markets Ontario buttons and want some for your own market, you can order one of our market-friendly designs here!

Love farmers and the markets that support the great work they do,? You should seek out a market in your area.

Want to know more about Farmers’ Markets Ontario and the wonderful farmers and markets they support? Check out www.farmersmarketsontario.com or make friends with these fine folks on Facebook  and Twitter.

If you would like us to create some equally awesome buttons, with or without custom packaging, for your event or organization, please give our sales team a shout!

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Available in two shapes and three different styles to suit your taste, these fun and classy magnetic necklace pendants are a great way to show off your favourite button creations in new and original ways.

Designed to hold a 1" round or square flat back button, the pendants are made with super strong rare earth magnets that won't let go of your button until you want them to.

Pendants for 1" ROUND necklaces:

1 inch round megnetic pendant button jewlery for 1" button necklace

Pendants for 1" SQUARE necklaces:

1 inch pendant square button jewlery for necklace

 

Infinitely customizable, you now have the greatest excuse to make all of the buttons you could ever want to wear and change up your look weekly, daily, hourly, or as often as you'd like! Without poking holes in your shirt! :)

Like a locket, button pendant necklaces make a meaningful personalized gift, arts and crafts project, or raffle giveaway.

Create and sell a series of interchangeable designs that people can buy together as a set or collect over time.

They can also be used as a unique and creative marketing tool. Above all else, they're a one of a kind accessory that will never get old.

Available individually or by the thousands (volume discounts apply).

To DIY it up and make them yourself, you’ll need a standard size 1” button maker.

1-inch button maker for making pins and badges and button jewlery

Or a 1” square button maker.

 1-inch square button maker for making pins and badges, button jewelry, necklaces and pendants


You will also need flat back button parts to make your masterpiece.

Order everything for 1” ROUND Flat Back Buttons here.

Button parts to make 1" round flat back buttons and jewelry with buttons

Supplies for 1” SQUARE Unpinned Back Buttons are here.

Button parts to make 1" square unpinned back buttons and jewelry with buttons


Watch this great how-to video to see how effortless it is to make these new necklaces:

Don’t have a 1” machine?

If you love these pretty little things and want some of your own, but don’t own a 1” machine, you can buy the necklace pendants and then rent a button maker from us or have us make your buttons for you.

The pendants for the necklaces are sold without chains so you can wear your design with a chain you already own or choose exactly the style you want. We have a few necklace chain styles in stock and are adding more. If you are looking for a chain style we don’t have, just let us know and we can likely get what you need!

Be sure to check in often to see what new style options we have. Stay tuned for customizable bracelets and other new items to be introduced in the coming weeks and months!

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so we made these custom buttons to mark the occasion.

Stop by, say “Hi” and pick one up in store, if you’re in the neighbourhood :)

February 19th marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat or Ram or Sheep, depending on who you ask or where in the world you are celebrating.

Folks born in this year (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015) can expect the year to be very favourable. Read here to find out more about what’s in store for you!

This month-long celebration is full of superstitions so everyone, sheep or not, should be sure to abide by some certain rules during this time if you want the year ahead to be a good one.

If you are in Toronto, you should check out our friends from the great not-for-profit group Chinese Collective Arts Association. They will be holding a free event on Sunday, February 22nd that includes button making!

Are you holding an event and want to make buttons? It’s fun! And easier than you think! :)

We rent button makers in various shapes and sizes and have all the supplies you’ll need. We’ll even show you how the machine works before you leave the store : )

Button Maker Rentals to Make Your Own Buttons for Your Event

Not mechanically minded? Or maybe you need to focus your attention on other tasks? No problem! We also have an amazing events team who can run the button booth for you. Write them at events@peoplepowerpress.org to learn more.

Regardless of what you’re doing for Chinese New Year, we would love to see how you are celebrating!

Share your photos and links with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

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