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Poisson D'Avril .... April Fools Day! April 01 2018
Here's a wacky April Fool's Day tradition that we want to tell you about. "Poisson D'avril", also known as "April Fools", is a joke made on April 1st of every year. In France, children try to stick a picture of a fish on their friends' back. When the joke is discovered, they shout "Poisson d'avril!" Ha!
Happy April Fool's Day from us folks at People Power Press!
If you like jokes or puns, we have some other funny buttons in the shop.
Celebrate Montreal 375 With Buttons and Magnets! March 30 2017
Happy Birthday Montreal! You don't look a day older than 374! :) In recognition of your big day, we decided to celebrate Montreal 375 with buttons and magnets. Our super awesome designers decided to use rounded rectangle button parts for these fun and funky retro designs, reminiscent of Expo '67.
Fun Facts about Montreal:
- Montréal is an island.
- Montréal is the second largest French speaking city in the world (after Paris).
- Montréal's predominant religion is Hockey (haha).
- 85% of the world's maple syrup comes from Québec, Montréal's Provence
Know someone who's joining the party? You can order Montreal 375 buttons and magnets quickly and easily on our site. We can also help you create and make your own custom buttons for this or any type of anniversary!
For those who are also getting ready for Canada 150 , take a look at the collection of Canada 150 Buttons and other fun stuff we made.
Get yer party chapeaus on, y'all! 2017 is going to be a big fun year :)
Feeling Lucky? It's St. Patrick's Day! March 17 2017
Today is the day we all see a little green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We had a little fun creating our own button gold at the end of the rainbow.
We hope your day is full of some extra luck too, even if you have to make it yourself.
Video: How to Make DIY Button Bracelet Charms February 20 2017
In a recent post, we featured Magnetic Button Bracelets with 1" Flatback Button Charms.
There are plenty of Charm Collections available for all of our magnetic jewelry, but it's so fun and satisfying to make a collection of your own!
Make charms with your initials, pics of your pet, or just a pretty design that you doodled. There's no wrong way to DIY your own button charms, but there's definitely a correct way to make them!
If you like the idea of DIY 1" Flatback Button Charms but would rather have us make them for ya, that's no problem at all!
Just give us a call at 1-866-996-1984 or email email@example.com for a quote :)
From the Button Archives - Carnaval de Québec, Bonhomme Buttons February 12 2017
Who is 7 feet tall, is made of 400 pounds of snow, and is annually presented with the Key to the City of Québec?
Why, it's Bonhomme Carnaval, the King of Carnaval de Québec!
Bonhomme Carnaval has been the ambassador of the Carnaval de Québec since 1955 when he started warming the hearts of people in Québec during frosty winters. Though this 3" button isn't as old at the Bonhomme himself, it's still dates back to the 1970s which is pretty neat!
Have a cozy winter and Joueux Carnaval!
Throwback Thursday: Groundhog Day Vintage Button Roundup February 02 2017
We know Groundhog day seems like it happens again and again so why not delve into the past with these cool vintage Groundhog Day buttons. We're not sure how accurate of a meteorologist these little dudes are but knowing it'll be spring eventually is good enough for us!
Buttons for Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster January 27 2017
Gong Xi Fa Cai and Gong Hey Fat Choy! Tomorrow marks 2017's Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Rooster so we made this bright and sparkley buttons to celebrate. This year's element is Fire! You can find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is here.
Great Ideas: The Resolution-O-Matic Button Vending Machine January 04 2017
Setting new year's resolutions can be super boring and stressful! Let us pick one for you! This month we decided to fill up the vending machine outside the shop with silly New Year's resolution that you can keep (like "Eat More Cake") or aspire to ("Become a Rockstar"), randomly selected for you!
Stop by our Toronto shop to grab your own!
Inspired? Resolve to make more buttons! Put your own button sales on automatic with Button Vending Machines in a variety of sizes! The one outside our shop is a Round Beaver model that fits 1" Buttons and is available as a kit with everything you need to sell buttons with it!
Spooky Face Dry Erase Buttons for Silly Halloween Fun! October 17 2016
Halloween is almost here, and we are oh-so ready to play some tricks, eat some treats, and have some fun with with Spooky Face Dry Erase Buttons!
These halloween buttons feature classic Halloween favorites with a twist: you can customize them yourself whenever the mood strikes! The only thing you need is a dry erase marker and a little imagination...
Simply draw a face and then erase! Repeat as many times as you like!
If you come up with the the BEST FACE EVER you can make the design more permanent by using wet-erase or permanent markers too.
Spooky Face Dry Erase Buttons come in lots of fun and colourful designs: witch, cat, pumpkin, mask, and Frank! All are available as single buttons, or you can collect the entire Spooky Face Button family.
You can even get have a custom collection or button designed for you by our team! The possibilities are endless. Just give us a call!
Glow-in-the-Dark buttons charge in the light and then glow bright, making them a GREAT spooky accessory for any costume or festive Halloween outfit!
In the daytime they look like a regular button, but when the sun goes down their magical glow is revealed. Glow-In-The-Dark buttons also make it really easy to keep an eye on little ones or stay with a group while trick-or-treating. Just follow the glowing pumpkin!
Reflect-O Safety Buttons reflect light from streetlights, flashlights, and oncoming cars just like bike reflectors. Such a festive way to keep your little ghosts and goblins visible and safe while out on a Halloween adventure.
Both Glow-In-The-Dark and Reflect-O BOOtons are available in an assortment of designs. If you're going for a spook-tacular look, the creepy-crawley spider is an awesome accessory! If creepy-crawly isn't for you, the black cat and pumpkin designs are cute as a BOOton!
World Vegetarian Day is the kickoff to a month-long world wide celebration to promote the joy, compassion, and life-enhancing possibilities of eating vegetarian :)
If you're already vegetarian or vegan, let everyone know that animals are friends, not food with buttons! This awesome collection is full of adorable, colourful, and punny designs available as single buttons and in Button Packs.
Even if you aren't vegetarian, you can TOTALLY get in on the excitement by supporting the herbivores in your life and maybe even jumping on the "Meatless Monday" bandwagon. YUM! The next best thing to eating vegetarian is supporting your veggie friends :)
So, whether you love animals, think hummus is yummus, or hail seitan, you better believe there's a button in this collection that you'll love!
Happy World Vegetarian Day!
Throwback Thursday - Retro Canadian National Expo Button August 11 2016
People Power People: Muhammad Ali 1942 – 2016 June 07 2016
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died last week at the age of 74. In addition to being a boxer, Ali will be remembered as someone who proudly and unapologetically represented both his race, faith, and community. Ali took a huge risk in the 1960s when refusing to be conscripted into the US Army during the Vietnam war cost him his title and three years of his fighting career.
Explaining his refusal, Ali said:
“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America,” he said at the time. “And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father… Shoot them for what? …How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.”
After his boxing career Ali continued to engage in philanthropic and humanitarian work, becoming the UN Ambassador for Peace in 1985.
International Women's Day Buttons March 07 2016
Happy Monday button enthusiasts!
Tomorrow March 8th, is International Women's Day, a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Here are just a couple of well known women who have made a hugely positive impact.
If you are interested in creating your own custom buttons, we can help you out! Click here and make all of your button dreams come true!
Nothing Counts on Leap Day: Custom Buttons for February 29th February 29 2016
Happy Monday everyone :)
This is an extra special Monday, Indeed. A day that comes only once every 4 years...
That's right, it's a Leap Year!!
Put aside the responsibilities of real life and live today to the fullest. After all, nothing counts on Leap Day.
Real life will resume tomorrow, March 1st.
Why does the extra day fall in February?
All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.
Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, Feb had 30 days and the month named after him - July - had 31. August had only 29 days.
When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to 'his' month to make August the same as July.
So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days.
Black History Month February 16 2016
Let's celebrate black history month this through buttons! A great way to show recognition towards current and past African Canadians that make and have made great contributions in art, culture, public service, politics and human rights.
Toronto itself has so many talented musicians that contribute to music history while helping Toronto's reputation grow stronger.
Drake whom was given a key to the city a few days ago, also helped host one of the most important sports events this weekend here in Toronto; the NBA all-star games. It attracted so many tourists including all sorts of celebrities and gave our residents opportunities to participate in local events and entertainment.
The Weeknd whom was nominated for 7 Grammys, preformed and brought home a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.
Rapper Shad (not originally from Toronto) took over Q on CBC Radio in 2015, and is still somehow finding the time to create music.
21 year old Andre De Grasse a GTA born athlete has been claimed to be the fastest man in Canada and won the 2015 Pan Am 100m and 200m.
Willie O’ree from fredericton, was the first black player in the NHL with the Boston bruins in 1957-58.
George Dixon also known as “Little Chocolate” from Halifax, was the first black world boxing champion in any weight class and first ever Canadian born boxing champion.
Also a reminder on an interesting article that came out a couple years ago on Albert Jackson, a child slave who fled to Canada on the underground railroad was to become the city of Toronto’s first black letter carrier in 1882.
Thanks to those important brave figures from the past, we have all kinds of young talented people shaping and making our future!
Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day <3 February 08 2016
It's almost Valentines day, and everyone here at People Power Press hope you have the happiest one yet!
If you "don't really DO Valentine's Day" but have a special someone in your life, we've got just the thing for you!
Come by the shop and take a look at our super cute "Sorry, Valentine" button collection.
These sassy little buttons are a great way to begrudgingly participate in all the Valentine's hype.They're just the right amount of "salty" to balance out all of the "sweet."
Available in packs of 4 assorted buttons ($5.00), or as single button Valentine's cards ($2.00)!
Wishing you a Valentine's Day full of love and happiness <3 <3 <3
Do you have something great you want to put on a button? Here is how you can get custom buttons of your very own!
Button of the Week: Go Raptors Go! February 03 2016
We love our Toronto sports teams around here, especially when they are playing well.
The Blue Jays gave us a great summer and fall and now the Toronto Raptors are killing it on the court.
So, just like our Jays buttons, we wanted to make some buttons to show our love for the Raptors and celebrate their record-breaking success.
And what a year to be going hard - in a few weeks the city will play host to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
Oh and we have to share the video because it is awesome and these two guys will be playing together for the game.
How can you not be excited? #WeTheNorth all the way.
Happy New Year! January 05 2016
We wanna wish you a rad start to 2016!
2015 was another great year here at People Power Press and we owe a lot of that to our very awesome customers.
We want to send you all a big thanks for making our year totally rock and being one of our best yet.
Among the highlights:
- Introducing Daily Deals for daily specials on button making supplies, machine and custom buttons!
- Launching our new website to make placing orders and finding products easier!
We're beyond excited for year ahead and introducing more new programs, products and services.
We're also looking forward to what amazing button stuff we can come up with together!
Oh, we really could go on about how lovely you have all been to us, but blah blah blah...
Have a Happy New Year!
Too Hip for the Holidays? We've Got a Button For You! December 21 2015
We probably all know somebody who thinks they're too hip for the holiday season.
Whether they conveniently forget to wear their ugly Christmas sweater to the party or don't want to take part in the annual Secret Santa gift exchange, they just don't seem to get into the holiday spirit.
It's near impossible to buy gifts for that too hip friend of yours, but don't worry. We've got you covered!
We're proud to present our Too Hip for the Holidays Button Collection!
Featuring characters such as Grumpy Snowman, Apathetic Ornament, and Passive Pine Tree, it has never been easier to shop for that person your life who says they can't be bothered with the magic of the holidays!
You probably won't get them to wear those reindeer antlers, but they will definitely be happy to wear a button (even if they won't admit it).
Seasons Greetings from People Power Press!
May you have a lovely holiday season :) ... or whatever.
Button of the Week! - Winter is coming! November 09 2015
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!
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!
Buttons to Celebrate the Year of the Sheep! February 14 2015
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 : )
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Regardless of what you’re doing for Chinese New Year, we would love to see how you are celebrating!
Well, it’s that time of year again everyone! Haggis time!
January 25th is Robbie Burns Day. Burns was a Scottish poet and his birthday is a national holiday in Scotland and is celebrated by Scots and those with Scottish roots around the world. Traditions include reciting some of the bard’s beloved lines, raising a glass or two of whiskey, playing the bagpipes and eating the Scottish delicacy haggis. Haggis used to be made with sheep parts, but modern haggis usually is a variation of lamb, beef, oats, onion and seasonings. Vegan haggis is a thing too!
We might not be eating haggis here, but we did make a haggis button in honour of Burns. We made some with his poetry too. So come in to our Toronto shop, say “Hi”, and pick one up for free! : )
See, we really do make custom buttons for any occasion!
To learn more about haggis, check out these fun facts!
In Toronto and looking to celebrate?
Here are some picks for where to take part in the festivities in the city.
Happy New Year - Start a New Hobby Making Buttons January 12 2015
2015 is here! A brand spanking New Year is before us!!
Did you make any resolutions? If you did, you might like some of the resolution buttons we made at the office. They are our Button of the Week so if you are near our store in Toronto’s west end, please make sure you pass through to pick one up!
Resolutions or not, the New Year is usually a time for new beginnings... like starting a new hobby! Or a small business! Making buttons is great for both : )
In this week’s blog post, we will focus on getting started making buttons as a hobby. Next week’s post will focus on resources and tips for starting your own button making business.
If you are already a crafty person, then you will probably (very likely!) love designing and making buttons. They are also great for organizations looking to promote events or causes, for schools to keep kids creative and busy, or for bands looking for inexpensive ways to support their music.
A Button Maker!
We sell a variety of button making machines. If you are going to start buttons as a hobby, making only a few buttons at a time and not for reselling, then we recommend one of our hobby button making kits. We sell two different types:
1. The T150 Hobby Maker – plastic body, with parts to make 250 parts. Only makes 2.25” buttons.
2. Multi-Size Hobby Maker – Make a variety of different sizes with the same all metal body hobby machine! Comes with your choice of a) just the 2-1/4” size or b) 3 different sizes (including 2-1/4”) to get you started.
If you have a bit more money to spend and think that you may end up making thousands of buttons, will be selling the buttons you make, or need to be able to make lots of them fast, then you should look at purchasing one of our heavy duty button making kits. These machines are built to last and consistently make great buttons!
All of our button making kits come with parts to get you started making pin back buttons and include a sample pack of all the different products you can make with your machine. Once you’ve had a change to experiment and play around, you will definitely want to make more and can order parts for magnets, keychains, bottle openers, necklaces, bracelets, zipper pulls, and more (depending on what size of badge maker you have). Just scroll through the drop-down menu on the appropriate product page to see what other items your machine can make.
If you have a T150, order here:
If you have a Multi-Size Machine or Tecre Machine, order here for Standard 2.25” items:
Here for 1.75” items:
And here for 1.25” items:
Other sizes are also available for the Multi-Size Machine. Just ask! : )
Once you’ve picked your item type, you can also get creative about what designs or materials you use to put on your buttons. You can print your own custom artwork or use fabric, photos, Dura-Lar and acetate to create unique and interesting buttons.
Here are some resources for getting your designs together:
For Newbies! Use our Free Online Design Software – A Great Starting Place :)
Not a graphic designer? Don’t have Photoshop or any other design programs? Don’t worry! Button Designer is a free and easy-to-use software available online. This is a basic program intended for making simple button designs that you can design, print and press at home. It is a good starting point for folks who are new to button design and the world of design in general.
Do you know something about design and have access to design programs like Photoshop or Illustrator? Then you can use the free templates available for download on our site. Make sure you use the right template for the size of button you are making so that, when printed and cut, your designs will fit your machine.
VIDEO: How to use the Multi-Size Machine
Buttons are easy to make once you get the hang of it. If you have any questions after you’ve checked out these resources and links, give us a shout and we’ll be more than happy to help : )
We love making buttons and want to make sure you do too!
You can also sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out on our regular updates with new product information, sales, and other helpful button making resources. We only send it out a few times a year, so keep your eyes peeled! :)
All the best in 2015!
Button of the Week - Buttons to Make Your New Year Sparkle! December 21 2014
Celebrate the New Year with a little sparkle! A glittery button like these make the perfect complement to your New Year’s outfit. Make them as a pinback button or as a flat back button with a magnet attached to prevent pinholes in your festive frock.
You can make buttons like the ones made by our designers by printing directly on Dura-Lar film and putting some festive paper underneath to match your party mood. You can even make buttons with some of that leftover wrapping paper!
Do you like these buttons so much you want some for yourself and your party-going posse? Are you a hostess who is thinking that these custom buttons will make great gifts for your guests? Why not let us make some for you in any style or quantity you would like!
Other ideas for great New Year’s buttons include resolution buttons and other messages that you would like to carry into 2015. You can use our templates here or create simple designs on Button Designer, a free online design program for buttons!
However you choose to start the New Year, start it with a button!
Button of the Week - Happy Holidays! December 14 2014
Looking for a fun way to make your holiday celebrations a bit more festive? We have a few button ideas to help you with that!
Custom holiday buttons can be used in so many ways.
You can pin them to your favourite holiday sweater, tie or hat. How about an ugly Christmas sweater button to wear with your ugly Christmas sweater?
You can create specialized button placeholders at the dinner table that serve as mementos for your family and guests to take home when the feast is over.
You can put buttons in homemade holiday crackers.
You can pin your buttons to gifts in place of gift tags.
If you need help with creating your custom button artwork, we are here to help! Our wonderful design team is ready and full of fantastic ideas. Or try out the easy-to-use free button design program Button Designer to create your own artwork. Just give us a shout!
There really are so many ways that buttons can be used to make your holiday season extra special. Have we missed something? We would love to see what you are creating this holiday season.
If you are in the Toronto area, you can also drop by the store to pick up your very own free holiday button of the week. So come by and let us share some button holiday cheer!
We are open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. We will be closed December 24 to 26, 2014 as well as January 1st and 2nd, 2015.
"I thought of that while riding my bicycle." ~ Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity
National Bike day is May 26th, 2014. About 50% of our staff cycles to work daily, some all year round. We're really into biking here so of course we wanted to celebrate Bike day, Bike month and ride your bike to work day with custom bike buttons as our button of the week. In our online collection we have additional transportation buttons, or talk to us about making a custom bike button for your event.
Some awesome Toronto Cycling communities have more information on Bike Day 2014 and Cycling in Toronto:
Our friends at Community Bicycle Network are a registered non-profit organization founded in 1993 on the belief that bicycles are a powerful tool for positive change. We agree!
"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
Iris Murdoch, writer (1919-1999)
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope seems hardly worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a good spin down the road, without thought of anything but the ride you are taking."
Arthur Conan Doyle
And for more awesome bike buttons, visit our Pinterest board!
Victoria day buttons- May long weekend! May 15 2014
Happy Victoria Day! Or May 2-4 :-) as it's affectionately known.
We will be closed on the holiday Monday- May 19, 2014, so take the day off from button making, kick back, and celebrate with Queen Victoria and a beer and go see some fireworks!
Our custom buttons of the week are Queen Victoria buttons and are available for free at the shop this week.
Sakura in High Park - Cherry blossom buttons! May 12 2014
Cherry blossoms have begun to open! My favorite time of year and just steps from our office. You can track the progress of the blooms in High Park. Also, according to the High Park site, the Toronto Islands also have 30 Cherry blossom trees on Centre Island!
According to updates, they have started to bloom, with full bloom in the next few days. But be sure to hurry before it rains!
To celebrate Sakura- we're giving away cherry blossom buttons as our button of the week! Come in and get a free sakura button :-)
Mother's day custom buttons and Rosettes! May 08 2014
Want to show your mom that she's the greatest? You can make her a custom mother's day button! Don't have a button maker? All buttons are for sale in our store, come on by and pick one up!
Or really go fancy with a rosette. To make a rosette you need a button maker and prong back button parts: a shell, mylar, a prong back and a plastic back pin-back. We can also make custom buttons with rosettes in the shop.
We also have a more gender neutral button that can be appropriate for alternative families.
Add a festive touch to your celebration with these glittery New Year's buttons!
The sparkly buttons are made by printing the text directly on a sheet of mylar, being see-through, you can use any shiny paper you'd like underneath. Another great option to recycle wrapping paper.
Don't want to pin on to your clothing? Use a rare earth magnet back and a flat back on your button, and no holes in your fancy clothes!
Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word Goran Persson
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We Miss You "Stompin' Tom" Connors March 27 2013
The folks at Winnipeg's 103.1 Virgin Radio had these tribute buttons made to celebrate the life and music of Canada's country and folk singer-songwriter "Stompin' Tom" Connors. Best known for his songs Sudbury Saturday Night, Bud the Spud and The Hockey Song,Tom Connors music will keep us Stompin' for years to come!!
Connect with 103.1 Virgin Radio: