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We recently had the privilege of working once again with One Fire Movement, a beloved customer and friend of People Power Press.

They are always busy working on some exciting initiatives, so it is no surprise they have a couple of great new projects on the horizon.

Coming Soon: One Fire Clothing!

We’re extremely excited to announce that One Fire Movement has decided to spread peace, unity, and love in yet another way: through One Fire Clothing!

The clothing line will be launched in 2016 and will consist of super cool clothing adorned with custom tags and One Fire buttons! (Yes indeed, you read that correctly. We do custom tags and packaging too!)

 One Fire Clothing Tag, Custom Packaging, Custom Buttons


One Fire Movement is great organization that uses the power of music, videos, photography, art, and events to support charitable organizations. Everything that One Fire does is driven by their mission to make a difference and spread the message that “We Are One.” That is the kind of message that we can all get behind!

Holiday Concert and Toy Drive

If you’re interested in experiencing a One Fire event first hand, you are in luck!

On December 17th you can listen to some great live music, AND support a wonderful cause.  Get your tickets for One Fire Movement Presents – Holiday Magic, A Benefit Concert for War Child Canada here or stop by the store!

In true One Fire style, the event features a handful of musical artists,while benefiting War Child Canada and the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Toy Drive. It’s wonderful how one event can do so much good for our local AND global communities.

To learn more about One Fire Movement you can check them out on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube

Thank you One Fire Movement for making a difference in the world, and for using super cool buttons to spread the love!



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Buttons are always a great way to campaign and spread a message to a wider audience.

This week we wanted to use our Button Of The Week to highlight Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week happening throughout Canada and beyond.

bullying awareness and prevention week

This is a message that we all need to hear and practice so everyone in our communities feels safe and respected.

To learn more you can check out Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to see how you can get involved. Use the official hashtag #BAW2015 to join the conversation.


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Do you have some old clothes or fabric scraps lying around, but don't want to throw them away?

Beautiful fabrics can be used to make great pins, brooches or even earrings with your button maker! Get creative and upcycle some of the materials you have at home.

When using fabric to make buttons, you can get a more textured look to your button than the usual glossy finish that comes with using mylar and paper.

Before you get started, here are some things you should know about how to make fabric buttons with your button maker.

What kind of fabric to use with your button maker

When attempting to make fabric buttons you should know that not all fabric can be used with your button maker.

You need fabric with a high tensile strength - is able to be stretched - otherwise tearing can be a problem and your buttons will tear at the edges.

You will also have trouble pressing a button with fabric if the fabric is too thick. Anytime the fabric, paper or any material is too thick your machine will get jammed.

Fabric Buttons - People Power Press

Testing fabric with your button maker

The only way to really know if your fabric will work with your button maker is to test it.

The button making process does not put a lot of pressure on the fabric, but do a small test before cutting or purchasing a large quantity of fabric.

Cutting your fabric

Use a piece of mylar as a guide for cutting your fabric with scissors unless you have a rotary cutter. A fabric pencil will work great to mark where you should cut your fabric.

Graphic punches that often come in button making kits do not work with fabric. Trying to feed fabric through a graphic punch is pretty impossible.

A rotary cutter can work with some types of fabric, but again you will want to test it with the fabric you are planning to use as cuts will differ depending on the kind of fabric.

Rotary Fabric Cutter for Button Making

It's great to switch up your buttons and try new things! Just remember to always test new materials before embarking on a big project!

Want more crafty ideas and tips for button makers? Check us out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! And of course we'd love for you to share your fabric button creations with us.

Have a question about another project you'd like to try with your button maker? Let us know and that could be our next how-to blog!

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Well, it’s that time of year again – holiday shopping season!

And this year we've got so many more fun gift ideas for you. You'll be surprised at all the different things a button machine and some people power can make : ) In fact, this year YOU can come and make the gifts yourself in our new Toronto Maker-Space. Just let us know what you want to make, book a time to use our machines in store, and we'll show you how to do it!

Without further ado, here is our 2015 Gift Guide for all the crafty people (and more!) on your shopping list.

Gift Idea #1: For the Crafters and Kids (or Kids at Heart!)

Hobby button makers are a great gift for craft lovers, young and old! And, at a significantly lower price than professional grade machines, they are affordable for many gift givers. In the spirit of the season, we have put together HOLIDAY themed kits for our FLEX Series of Button Makers, complete with everything you'd normally get in the start up kit plus a set of pre-cut holiday button art in both full colour and black and white (for colouring). 

FLEX1000 Button Maker Kits

The FLEX1000 Holiday themed hobby button maker kit comes with 3 sizes of button making dies and parts/supplies as well as pre-cut art. inexpensive gift ideas!

The FLEX1000 is a durable multi-size button maker, made of solid metal and can make up to SIX different sizes! Die set add-ons (required to press different sizes) can be purchased separately, if you want to start small, or in a kit, for extra savings.

FLEX2000 Button Maker Kits

 FLEX2000 Holiday Themed Hobby Button Maker machine. This cheap button maker kit comes with parts and supplies to make pinback buttons and round magnets.

The FLEX2000 is another great all-metal button maker with interchangeable dies. While it only makes four different sizes - for now! - its sliding die system makes aligning the artwork a little easier than the FLEX1000.

FLEX3000 Button Maker Kits

 the FLEX3000 hobby button maker is a sturdy machine with sliding dies that makes buttons in the 3" size only. The holiday kit includes pre-cut holiday themed button art.

The FLEX3000 is the second sliding-die machine in the series and is used for making big 3" buttons (which cannot be made with the other sliding-die machine, FLEX2000).

Gift Idea #2: For the Artist or Budding Entrepreneur

Give the gift of entrepreneurialism and self-reliance this holiday season! : ) That's right, button making is more than just fun, it can also be a successful business opportunity for someone who is keen to turn their art into cash and can even be a supplemental service for an existing business. Given the ease of use and maintenance of the professional series of machine, it is a cheap and fast way to turn fun into profits :)

Professional Button Maker Kits

 1-3/4" professional button maker kit with parts and supplies for 1.75" buttons

Gift Idea #3: For the Musicians in Your Family

Button Making Kits – Get a button maker kit to help band members make buttons to support their music. Smaller sizes like 7/8”, 1” or 1.25” are recommended!

Pre-Pay for Custom Buttons – Don't want to invest in buying a machine, but know a musician who would love to use buttons to promote their music? Give the gift of custom buttons and we will make the buttons for them!

band buttons. Custom buttons for bands. help promote your favourite artist this holiday season

Guitar Pick Punches – Musicians can make their own custom picks with our guitar pick punch. They won’t have to worry about losing another pick with this handy tool!

Guitar Pick Punch - the perfect christmas gift for musicians

Gift Idea #4: Personalized Holiday Keepsakes

Custom Buttons – We Make Them For You!
Buttons make great gifts, even if you don’t want to make buttons yourself. Did you know that we can make more than just buttons? Send us your custom button artwork or photos and will we make a special gift to give out this holiday season. We can even work with you to create your custom artwork by scratch.

Custom Jewelry - Magnetic necklace and bracelet bases let your pop your custom design in and out to be always changing your look.

Coasters - Make a truly personalized and practical gift with a set of 3.5” round coasters this year.

custom holiday coasters to give as gifts. make great keepsakes. personalized christmas presents.

Bottle Openers - Like giving practical gifts? Bottle openers can be fun, but also useful. Keyring and magnetic bottle openers are also available.

custom bottle openers. order ready to give as gifts or come into our shop and personalise them for your friends and family

Magnets – Send out your holiday greeting or family photo as a fridge magnet this year. Different shapes are available.

Gift Idea #5: Stocking Stuffers and Other Great Gifts - As low as $2 !

Make-A-Button Packs - Pre-packaged button packs come with all the parts needed to make 5 buttons, including the artwork. Then kids just bring the supplies into our retail store and get started.

Pre-Paid Make-A-Button Cards – Give a pre-paid card to someone so that they can just come into the store and make their own buttons. Make eleven buttons for the price of ten! Recipients can make one at a time or make them all at once.

make-a-button gift pack. bring your friends to people power press and make buttons in our store

Dry Erase Silly Face Tree Ornaments, Fridge Magnets, and Buttons – Choose from our Christmas Faces and Snowy Faces collections or have us turn your family and friends into blank faced caricatures for everyone to draw on and decorate in silly, silly ways :) Use outlines from real photos or your own graphics. Then draw, laugh, erase and repeat! Contact us for custom pricing!

silly face christmas dry erase buttons, magnets and tree ornamentssnowy face dry erase buttons, magnets, and christmas tree ornaments

Upcycled Library Books -These hardcover library books with coil binding make one-of-a-kind, Eco-friendly notebooks and sketch books for the environmentally friendly folks in your family :) Bound with unruled Tree Free or 100% recycled paper. Notebook (small) and Sketchbook (large) sizes available. Want a specific cover? Bring in one of your old books and we'll upcycle it into a notebook or sketchbook for you! Contact us for custom book upcycling pricing :)

upcycled sketch books and recycled note books made from discarded library books

Gift Idea #6: A Gift to Yourself (Preparation!)

Do you have enough button making supplies for all your holiday button projects and parties?

If you already have a button maker then you may already know about all of the creative ways you can use your button machine this holiday season.

Make special gifts such as coasters, ornaments, jewelry, magnets, keychains, zipper pulls and bottle openers.

Gift Idea #7: Gift Cards

Still not sure? Give a Gift Card!

If you know someone who already has a buttonmaker and is passionate about buttonmaking, but aren’t sure what machine they have or what size of buttons they make, we now have gift cards that can be purchased and redeemed online.

Gift cards are also great if you think someone would like a button maker, but can’t afford to buy a whole kit. They will appreciate your contribution to the cost of a button making kit and supporting their button making dream.

You can even use them towards button machine rentals!

An Extra Note About Holiday Shipping!

Just make sure you order your gifts and supplies in time! We recommend you place your order as soon as possible so that we have enough time to ship your order to you.

All of our couriers get extra busy at this time of year so we don’t want any delays to upset your gifting plans. Give us a shout so we can help you determine how long shipping will take to your destination.

Our Toronto retail store is now also open Saturdays so you can pick up items. Just call ahead to make sure we have what you need!

Please call us today so one of our friendly sales team can answer all your questions and help you pick out the perfect button gift.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

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How to Make Coasters with Your Button Maker (Practical Craft Ideas!)

Did you know that with the right materials, a handy coaster adapter insert and a little creativity, you can use your 3.5” Button Maker to make one-of-a-kind coasters?

Custom Coasters People Power Press

These coasters can give your cup or glass a fun place to land while also protecting your table. Practical and expressive - what a perfect combination!

Coasters are also a great way to create unique and personalized gifts or souvenirs for friends, family and customers. With the holiday season just around the corner, the 3.5” Button Maker Coaster Kit with everything you need to make coasters may be just what you need!

3.5" Button Maker and Coaster Kit

Here’s what you need to get started:

1 ) 3-1/2” Button Maker
2) Coaster adapter insert to help give the coaster a flatter surface than a typical, curved, 3-1/2” button

Coaster Die Insert for 3.5" Button Machine

3) Coaster Parts/Supplies: Shells, Recessed Backs, Cork Discs, and Mylar (for standard glossy coasters) or laminated pre-cut art (for matte or high gloss finish coasters). For standard gloss, just orderEverything you need to make 3-1/2” Round Coastersfrom our site and you’ll get everything you need. For matte or high gloss, you’ll need to order laminated pre-cut art separately.

Everything For Your 3.5" Button Maker - Coaster Parts

And here’s how to do it!

Decisions, decisions… will you choose laminate matte or glossy finish?

When making coasters with your button maker, you can also make a choice on the finish: glossy, matte, or any other creative finishes you can come up with. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Laminating eliminates the chance of condensation between the paper and plastic, which is typically a function of humid climates – not being exposed to water. Both laminate and Mylar (the thin plastic sheet) are water resistant and can easily be wiped clean. You just don’t want to submerge the coasters in water, because the structure is made of tin and will rust and b) if it rusts or is sitting up to the brim in water for too long, the water will eventually find its way in through the seams. Regular table surface water and spills shouldn’t be an issue. The cork backing also helps, by raising it off the table.
  2. Colours pop way better with a high gloss laminate. Less plastic means more light gets to the paper, which creates greater vibrancy.
  3. Matte laminate feels nicer to the touch. Ooooh, smoooooth and satiny!
  4. Mylar shows scratches and shows wear more obviously because it is thicker and shiny.
  5. Matte laminate reduces glare, making the words on the coaster easier to read.
  6. While a warm mug will NOT melt your coaster, suction does occur between the mylar and the bottom of the mugs. This might result in the coaster lifting with the mug when someone picks it up. It will fall back off, usually on your lap or the floor – like many other coasters that you find at bars or craft shops. Laminate is melted onto the paper and doesn’t separate from the paper image (like mylar does, because it’s just layered, not melted), so no suction happens and the cup lifts off with no problems. : )

Loving the coaster idea, but don’t want to buy a button maker? We can make them for you!

Submit your artwork to us using our templates or using Button Designer (a free online button design program).

You can also take advantage of our full range of design services to have us create your very own custom coasters.

Find out more about custom coaster pricing here or contact us and we will help you create something extra special and unique!

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A Whole World Of Products For Your 2-1/4" Button Maker!


Ever thought about branching out and making more items that showcase your message, art, or brand? Your 2-1/4” button maker may be the key to creating the key chains, bottle openers and magnets you've been dreaming of!

 2-1/4" Bottle Opener2-1/4" Key Chain


You can get a variety of parts for you 2-1/4” button maker. Pocket mirrors, bottle openers, and key chains are just the beginning! Check out our website for a complete list of products available for your 2-1/4" machine.


Everything for your 2-1/4" Button Maker


The process is no more complicated that pressing a standard pinback button so don’t be thrown off by the different backings. If you need help navigating a new product visit our blog or YouTube channel for many helpful tricks of the trade.


Don’t have a 2-1/4” machine? There are plenty of options available to make different items with all sorts of button makers! Check the product page associated with your button maker to get more details!

For daily tips and ideas follow us on social media! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Celebrate the Cooler Temperatures This Week!

It's Monday and that means that it's time to unveil our button of the week! Every week we make a button available in the shop and this week we want to embrace the fact that winter is really coming. 

The temperature is dropping and the sun sets at 4:30, but we've decided that instead of shying away from the cold weather, we would just embrace it! After all, winter means more than just snow, it means hockey, skiing, long johns and hot chocolate too!

Button of the Week - Winter is Coming


We know it's hard to get on board after our endless summer but we thought we would try to spread the love with these custom buttons. Hopefully we can hold on to these good feelings until spring! It's easy to love winter when its still above freezing but it's even easier to love our cold weather pins!

Come into the shop this week and pick up a couple to show your winter spirit!

Want to look at some of our past Buttons of the Week or have your own idea? Check us out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

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