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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.
Tell Your Story with ChattySnaps Keychains November 30 2017
Introducing ChattySnaps Keychain
This totally unique button keychain is turning the keychain world on its head, and we want to shout about ChattySnaps from the rooftops!
Why are ChattySnaps so special?
ChattySnaps Keychains allow you to sport not one, not two, but THREE buttons at a time and if that's not wild enough, the buttons are easily interchangeable so you can change your keychain as often as you change your socks :)
Just snap off the old, and snap on the new.
How do ChattySnaps Keychains Work?
Making your very own ChattySnaps button is a breeze. The buttons are made exactly like a standard pinback button, and even use standard shells and mylar.
- Place your shell, artwork, and mylar into the button press.
- Press like usual
- Put in the ChattySnaps back into the button press, just like you would with a pinned back. Make sure the “snappy” side is facing down.
- Press, and Voila!
- Snap the buttons onto your key ring strap
- Smile, because you are now the proud owner of a ChattySnaps Keychain :)
Stay tuned for the ChattySnaps How-To Video on the Button Guy YouTube Channel! You'll see how making button keychians can be a SNAP :)
Introducing The Super-Dooper, Multi-Purpose, Graphic Punch Cleaner! November 10 2017
Button maker maintenance is important to keep your hand press is good working condition. However, the graphic punch does a lot of work too, and every once in a while, also needs some TLC. We are now carrying a new tool to clean your graphic punch and avoid costly circle cutter repairs!
Thanks to the Graphic Punch Cleaner, graphic punch repair has never been easier! Add this product to your button making toolbox so that you can fix your graphic punch on the spot.
Just slide the paper thin piece of metal in the slot where the paper is inserted, and slowly move it around to clear out small bits of paper, adhesive, and whatever else gets stuck in there! Seconds later, you'll have a graph punch that's like new again!
NEW! Check out this video to see just how this handy little tool works along with some other maintenance tips for your circle cutter.
This week, we had the absolute pleasure of making some Custom Glow in the Dark Pinback Buttons for Shadowlands, a one-woman play in the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Savanna Harvey of Pretentious Productions is the writer and star of this experimental theater piece, which runs until July 16th in Toronto.
The end effect is spooky and perfect for this play, which is staged in total darkness!!
The Graphic Designer behind these pinbacks in the very clever Alex Kirkpatrick who did an amazing job at capturing the mood of the production in a pinback button series which is no small feat! Check out more of Alex's work here.
To learn more about Shadowlands, check out the links below:
Thanks Savannah, and break a leg!
The art-electronic producer and artist is currently doing shows to promote her new music and we got involved to help her make some unique concert merch.
She designed these beautiful cards with custom 1.25" buttons for a show. We see a lot of custom orders come through our shop, but this one definitely caught our eye.
A double-sided pink card has one of two custom sparkly buttons attached and branded with all Daiza's contact information, including a QR code. We kind of love them!
Holographic Buttons with Custom Printing
The sparkly effect is from printing the artwork on Dura-Lar, a transparent film, and then placing over gold foil. You can read more about this process in this post about making holographic pinback buttons.
Check out Diaza and her music online:
Looking for Unique Custom Options for Selling Buttons at a Show?
If you want to create some unique concert merch for an upcoming show or tour, we are here to help! A button doesn't have to be just a button if you are looking for something extra special for your fans.
You can let us know what you have in mind or you can call us and we can talk you through some of your different options.
Oh Canada, it's almost your birthday and you are looking pretty good for 150 years.
We've made a special Canada Eh?! button collection to help celebrate the big day. You can pin on your Canadian pride with these red and white buttons for Canada Day.
So many choices for Canada Day Buttons
The special themed 1.25" round glossy Canada buttons are available individually - pick out only the designs you want - or as pre-packaged Canada pin packs that contain a random mix of 4 buttons. There are 5 fun and patriotic designs available to choose from.
See a design you like, but not the size you want? Want your pre-packaged Canada pin backs to contain specific designs? Have your own Canada Day design you want to see on a button? If what you want isn't shown here, just contact us and we will be sure to help you get what you need.
Official Canada 150 merchandise also available
If you're feeling extra excited about Canada 150, you can also check out our official Canada 150 merchandise. We have Canada 150 pins, magnets and stickers available.
With our help you will have no trouble showing love for Canada this Canada Day and beyond.
So get some Oh Canada buttons and have a Happy Canada Day, eh?
Fallen Love Records is a bedroom pop label based out of Oshawa. Their latest release Secret Gardens is full of great spring songs that will carry you through the season and beyond when – brr! - spring is only a memory.
The custom 1” buttons are included in a sweet package along some other great items when you purchase Secret Gardens now. Head on over to the Fallen Love Records site get your copy of Secret Gardens - with your own tiny button!
Band buttons for connecting with fans
The latest Fallen Love Records release is a great example of how band buttons can enhance a relationship between artists and fans. Buttons can always be sold at shows or online to support music labels and musicians, but they can also be tokens of appreciation for fans. These band buttons can then be collected or worn to share that support with the rest of the world.
These Fallen Love Records pins are custom 1” buttons, which are the most popular band button size, but custom 7/8” buttons and custom 1.25” custom buttons are great options too. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you can see all custom button sizes here.
Other ideas for musicians
Add a lyric music video to your button order with these lyric video + custom button packages.
Liking the idea of band buttons so much, you want to make them yourself? Get going with a Standard 1” Button Maker Start-Up Kit.
Follow Fallen Love Records online!
A group of students from Acadia University is handing out buttons for a cause. They want these custom buttons to change the way people think about the clothing they buy and wear with a simple question: "Ask Me About My Sustainable Outfit!"
More Than a Label is a slow clothing movement that supports buying used clothing, repurposing the clothing you already have and buying items that are built to last.
The group had these custom buttons made to get people talking about their clothes. See someone wearing one of these buttons? Go ahead and ask them what the story is behind their clothes!
Create your own buttons for a cause to get the word out and for fundraising
Are you thinking about buttons for a cause that's near and dear to your heart? Buttons are a great way to share your message. A single button let's people see your message while also inviting folks to ask questions if they are interested in learning more. You can promote your cause without saying a word!
Buttons for a cause like these ones from More Than a Label can also be a great fundraising idea. Your supporters can purchase a button, which helps raise funds for your cause, but has the added bonus in that when they wear the pin they are helping you spread your message.
It's easy to design custom buttons with free online tools
And designing your button is very easy with some great tools available online. Check out the free online button design program The Button Designer to create simple message pins in no time. A quick online search will also produce some other free design programs to create your image, which you can then upload into our button templates.
Other great examples of buttons with a message
Got a cause, but not sure where to start? We'd love to talk about your button ideas with you to help get you started. Just give us a call or drop us a line!
Forget all the other days on the calendar, because today is the day that matters for Star Wars fans around the world. May 4th has come to be known as May the Fourth Be With You Day, or Star Wars Day.
The Star Wars Underground is a great community where fans all over the world can join one platform and connect with each other. The platform is fan-driven and family-friendly so Star Wars fans of any age can take part!
Custom Buttons For Community Members
We had the chance to work with the rad guys over at to make these super cool and well designed buttons. Pinback custom buttons for community members allow them share that they belong in a special community and to express the voice, message and personality of that membership. We think these buttons do exactly that.
The larger Custom 2" Round Button is a great pin size for extra visibility to showcase The Star Wars Underground logo. The smaller Custom 1-1/4" Round Button is great size for fun designs and messages that members can pin and wear all the time.
Depending on what message or design you want to express, there is a pin size and shape that will perfectly suit the needs of your special community members! We would love to talk through all of those options with you so reach out to us anytime!
Explore more with The Star Wars Underground Online!
May The Fourth Be With You all today!
Making Metallic Silver & Gold Buttons with Dura-Lar April 26 2017
We're really excited about making metallic gold and silver buttons with Dura-Lar!!
Using Dura-Lar Film is the easiest way to make Do-It-Yourself buttons that look lavish and luxurious.
The SILVER & GOLD DURA-LAR used in this video is reversible, with gold on one side and silver on the other. The Metallic Dura-Lar Foil is 2mm thick, comes in standard 8.5 x 11" sheets, and has an EXTREMELY reflective mirror-like finish. Doesn't that sound awesome for a button??!
**When making Dura-Lar Buttons, it is the Glossy or Matte Dura-Lar that goes through the printer, and NOT the metallic Dura-Lar! The metallic Dura-Lar foil goes behind the transparent Dura-Lar film. **
Curious to see some other examples of buttons made with Dura-Lar Film and reflective Metallic Dura-Lar Foil? Here are some older blog posts that feature buttons with special finishes! Which one do you like the best?Instructional Video: Making Buttons with Dura-Lar
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 :)
Great Ideas: Buttons for Your Wedding! March 06 2017
Wedding planning season is here! We are always thrilled about the beautiful ideas that come through the shop at this time of year (like these beautiful buttons for the Wedding Co Show)
We always have questions about ideas for buttons as wedding favours but what about gifts for your wedding party too? Custom Bottle Openers and Pocket Mirrors as gifts for the loved ones supporting you on your special day can be personal and perfect!
Buttons, magnets, mirrors or bottle openers, make excellent wedding favours too! Some of our customers make personalized buttons with the name of each guest! One of our designers made illustrated "Bride" and "Groom" buttons for her wedding!
Great Ideas: Collage Buttons! February 23 2017
Check out these beautiful buttons made by artist Sydney Rose!
Collage is Sydney's medium of choice for most of her art practice (Golden Encyclopedias from the 60's and 70's are her favourite source for images)
"As life gets more busy, I'm always looking at ways to hammer out ideas faster. I've also been looking for a way to produce small collages that can be distributed at a lower price point. The decision to get a button press was super random but it has been incredibly satisfying. It's so easy to produce collages quickly, without any adhesive. Like a sketch book."
We love the result!
Beautiful Magnetic Button Bracelets! February 15 2017
These Beautiful Magnetic Button Charm Bracelets would look great on you!
These magnetic buttons bracelets use Button Charms made with 1" round flat back buttons. Super nifty :)
These beautiful button bracelets come in 2 different styles. Pictured above is the One Charm Magnetic Button Bracelet, that holds one charm at a time. The magnetic bracelet base is paired with a leatherette bracelet band, and comes with a collection of 5 flatback button charms so you can mix and match to your hearts content!
The second style is the Five Bezel Magnetic Button Charm Bracelet. This bracelet is able to hold up to 5 button charms at once, and each bracelet comes with a whole collection of flatback button charms right off the bat.
For more information about our magnetic button bracelets, custom flatback buttons, or any other products we carry, feel free to get in touch!
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (416) 204-1984.
Sweet & Sassy Button Greeting Cards for Valentine's Day February 07 2017
The People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection has some Sweet and Sassy new additions for Valentine's Day!
If you're not big into Valentine's Day let us break the news for you with the "Sorry Valentine, Love Stinks" card. For the traditionalist, we've got a good ole "Will You be my Valentine" card :) Each card comes with a sweet little button so your Valentine can wear a piece of the card and think of you all day long!
If the other card designs are too cheesy for ya, just add a piece of heart shaped pepperoni, because who doesn't love a slice of pizza and a hilarious pun? Take another little Pizza my Heart!
Each card measures 4 X 5.75" and is blank inside so you can write a personal message. They also come with an envelope, and of course a pinback button :)
Like what you see here? Take a look at all of our Valentine's Day Button Greeting Cards, or the entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
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!
Make Your Own Button Bottle Opener on a 2-1/4" Machine January 31 2017
There are lots of neat things that can be made on a Standard 2-1/4" Round Button Maker.
This How-To Video show you Step-By-Step How to Make Custom Button Bottle Openers on a Standard 2-1/4" Round Hand Press.
The instructions cover all types of bottle openers which include Metal Pocket Bottle Openers, Metal Keyring Bottle Openers, Black Pocket Bottle Openers, Black Keyring Bottle Openers, and Fridge Magnet Bottle Openers. Take a look!
To order parts for Button Bottle Openers, just go to the product page for Parts & Supplies for Standard 2-1/4" Button Makers. Click the dropdown menu entitled "what do you need?" and then pick your parts!
2-1/4" Button Bottle Opener Kits come with everything you need to make bottle openers (mylar, shell, bottle opener back, keyring, etc.) and are available in packs of 100, 500, and 1000 units.
We can make your Custom Button Bottle Openers too!
Get in touch with us at (416) 204-1984 or email us at email@example.com for a quote!
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.
Product Feature: PPP Button Greeting Cards January 18 2017
Sending a greeting card to someone special? Let them know that they're the nearest and dearest with a People Power Press Button Greeting Card!
The entire People Power Press Button Greeting Card Collection can be found here! Our collection of Button Greeting Cards will be growing too, so check back and see what cards we have in the future.
Best part of all: even if the card makes its way to the recycling bin, the recipient will always have a button to wear, share, and remind them of how thoughtful you are :)
All greeting cards measure 4 X 5.75", are blank on the inside, come with a white envelope, and a stylish pinback button that's ready to wear.
People Power Press has now been officially approved by the government of Canada to reproduce the official Canada 150 logo on our buttons and magnets!
Our idea is to spread our buttons far and wide for Canada 150 celebrations using the official government Canada 150 logo on various sizes and shapes of buttons and magnets. They will be available for people who want to get just 1 or for companies that want all their employees to join the Canada 150 celebrations with a button.
The celebrations start here and now at People Power Press. The first 100 people that come into our store can pickup an official Canada 150 button - Just say the magic words "Oh Canada!". First come first served. 1 button only per person. Swing by and pickup a button.
Check out our full collection of Canada 150 Official Logo Merchandise to order your own!
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!
Get That New Year's Sparkle All Year Long With Holographic Foil December 30 2016
Make your own shiny and sparkly buttons with new Holographic foil from People Power Press! When paired with artwork printed Dura-Lar this holographic foil can be used to make glittery holographic buttons at home!
Don't know how to use holographic foil for button making? Well take a look at this How-To Video from The Button Guy and you'll know what you're doing in no time :)
There are many different colors and styles of holographic foil too! Pictured below are Holographic Red, Holographic Gold Disco, Holographic Blue, Holographic Silver Disco, and Holographic Silver Glitter! Not pictured is a super fun Hologrphic Rainbow Foil which can be seen when you click through the link.
All of the button artwork above were printed on Dura-Lar Film and this printed Dura-Lar was then placed right on top of the holographic foil to get this fabulously glittery finish.
Button designs using holographic foil tend to be most successful when paired with simple clean digital artwork. Black and solid bold colours look great!
New Video: Tips and Tricks for Using Button Vending Machine Capsules December 15 2016
BUTTON VENDING MACHINE ACORNS & CAPSULES
Do you own a vending machine and need some more capsules for your button vending needs? We carry many different sizes of capsules and acorns for use with the Button Rocket, Northern Beaver, and Button Hawk Vending Machines!
We discovered that there are a couple of tips and tricks that make button vending super duper easy. Take a peek at the video below from The Button Guy that will make you a vending capsule expert too :)
VENDING CAPSULE CHEAT SHEET
** Do not use capsules for button magnets (especially ceramic magnets) because they will magnet themselves to the inside of the vending machine!**
If you have absolutely any questions about our vending machines or any of our other products, please contact us! We're always here to help with any button-related inquiries :)
Happy button making!
Tis' the Season with Button Greeting Cards November 30 2016
Receiving a holiday greeting card in the mail is a nice little pick-me-up, especially on a stormy winter day.
Be the best card-giver you can be this season with the People Power Press Holiday Button Greeting Card Collection! Let the holiday cheer stay with your friends, co-workers, and loved one long after they open the envelope :)
Holiday Button Greeting Cards are the cards that keep on giving. Each card comes with a super cute button that will get anyone into the holiday spirit!
We've got a whole range of Holiday Button Greeting Card designs too. There's something perfect for darling grandma, your bestie, or the acquaintance that you only sort-a know.
Pictured above are Merry Christmas Sweater, Happy Holidays Wreath, and Too Hip for the Holidays. There are a range of different button designs available with each card, so check out the product pages for all off the possibilities!
Too Hip for the Holidays Pin Packs
If you think the Too Hip for the Holidays Cards are as wonderful and silly as we do, we've got some good news: All of the button designs are available as single buttons AND as 5 button pin packs too :)
Custom Illustrated Vegetable Buttons by Robin Clugston November 23 2016
Custom pinback buttons are a great way for artists to reproduce their work, and make their art accessible to the masses.
Artist and illustrator Robin Clugston knows how to turn her illustrations into fantastic works of button art!
We can't get enough of these illustrated vegetable buttons that are as vibrant and detailed as the real thing! Just take a look at this bountiful button harvest :)
These vegetable buttons are 1-1/4" Round Pinback Buttons. This size is great because it's small enough to be "fashionable" but large enough to do justice to the artwork! Awesome choice Robin :) They look wonderful!
Here's a close-up of the beet, eggplant, carrot, and pickle designs! Doesn't everyone need a pickle button in their life??
Check out more of Robin's buttons, illustrations, stickers, and more!
Guitar Pick Punches are back! November 04 2016
Guitar pick punches are back and better than ever :)
This easy to use DIY tool is an awesome addition to any music-lovers' collection, and is a great gift idea for a guitarist on the go!
To use, just round up some old gift cards, credit cards, or even sturdy plastic packaging and make a one-of-a-kind guitar pick with a single punch!
This heavy duty little machine is also great for band members who want to give out or sell personalized guitar picks at shows.
If recycling old gift cards into picks isn't for you, you can also create custom guitar picks with your band name or album title for your next gig! Endless possibilities :)
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!
How-To: Design-Your-Own Bridal Shower Buttons September 26 2016
A perfect way to honour guests and attendants on your special day - and keep track of who's-who at a party for newcomers - beautiful Bridal Shower Buttons!
Buttons can be designed to match your wedding or party colours and make a great way to help break the ice!
Design-Your-Own Bridal Shower Buttons in Button Designer
Before you start you might want to familiarize yourself with Button Designer by watching this video tutorial - it will guide you through the basics of designing a button and help you with the following steps:
|1. Choose Your Artwork: Find a background and save it to your computer. I chose this one because it has a nice framing element that will showcase the name. A great place for free pattern and backgrounds is Public Domain Pictures|
|2. Upload Your Artwork: Create a FREE account on the Button Guy Online Button Designer. Choose which size of button you'd like to make and upload your pattern.|
3. Design Your Button: Choose which lines of text you would like to be visible and pick a font and a font colour. Make sure it stands out against the background.
(Tip: Change the background colour from the default Yellow to a colour that matches your uploaded artwork)
4. Save Your Designs: Once you have finished adding a name click the [Save Button] Button, your design is now saved and you can change the text without uploading the background again.
Repeat these steps until you have all your buttons - you can see them all in "Buttons Overview".
5.Your Buttons Are Ready to Make! If you are making your own buttons at home you can follow the steps on Button Designer to print out your own artwork - or you can order custom buttons with your designs from us!
Sneaker Buttons in Action: Railpath Run September 22 2016
Great Ideas: Displays for your Button Business September 19 2016
We get a lot of question from our busy button makers about running your own button business and one of them is about displaying buttons for sale. We have some bright ideas no matter what size, style and type of product you're making!
Bulletin boards are a great way to display buttons because you can stick the pins right in! You can also DIY a bulletin board by covering foam board with fabric or paper, you could even add a fancy frame!
This kind of display works well if you have lots of different designs to choose from!
We found that the best way to display magnets is by having them do what they do best - STICK! Buttons look great displayed on a board - you can even make your own out of a cookie sheet. Since magnets stick to almost anything metal you can get creative - why not display them on a locker door or even a paint can?
If you have lots of different designs that you want to categorize, or lots of different types of products that won't all fit on a board - why not display your buttons in a button binder! We've made this one from page protectors designed for business cards which will fit anything up to a 2.5" button. The pockets will fit things that are harder to stick onto a board, like pocket mirrors, keychains, and bottle openers. If you choose a clear type, you'll be able to see easily what the back of each item is like!
This kind of display would be great for conventions too! You can use dividers to section your binder by theme and customers can browse it like a catalogue.
Bowls, Baskets and Bins:
If you have lots of different designs or items that you want to mix together, don't forget the tried and true basket-o-buttons! Lots of folks like to rummage through a little bowl to pick a favorite design (or two, or three!). Displaying your buttons in a cute container is a perfect solution if you're not very crafty, or ran out of time to come up with a different brilliant idea! Just make sure the pins on your buttons are closed - ouch!
Cool for School (And Lots More!): Zipper Pulls from People Power Press September 13 2016
Want to teach your button machine something versatile? Try Versaback Zipper Pulls! Zipper pulls are perfect for backpacks, pencil cases, suitcases and gym bags! But they don't just pull zippers! They also make great keychains, ID tags, decorations, luggage tags, and even gift tags!
Zipper pulls work best with Versaback inserts which are compatible with standard 1", 1.25" and 1.5" parts for Tecre and Flex machines. If you're already rocking Versabacks in your machine you can find "Just the Pulls" here.
Ready to try making your own? Check out our Video Tutorial:
What's that!? You can now order custom printed stickers to match your buttons! Check out this slick combo for Toronto-based band NLP!
Introducing BijouClic Button Jewelry! The perfect statement piece for anyone who loves buttons, or funky necklaces.
What makes BijouClic Jewelry unique is in the magnetic pendant which holds the button charms in place. The magnet is strong enough to ensure sure your charm stays in place but also makes it easy to swap out the charms whenever the mood strikes!
Make Your Own Charms!
If you're a Do-It-Yourself-er, you can create your own charms too! No fancy parts are needed, just your 1" hand press, standard 1" shells, collets, and mylar, and little bit of creativity :)
Give the Gift of BijouClic
BijouClic Jewelry also makes a great gift for any occasion! With endless charm possibilities you really can't go wrong! BijouClics for everyone!!
What's your favorite pair of shoes?
Whether it's a crisp new pair of summer sneakers, or that trusty pair that have been through thick and thin (and a puddle or two...), it's nice to show your shoes that they're appreciated.
The best way to say "thanks shoes," is to make them a button of their very own!
These snazzy DIY Shoelace Buttons are sure to put a spring in your step :)
If you want to try your hand at this great DIY project, take a peek at the How-To Video below courtesy of The Button Guy!
The Shoelace Buttons come in a ton of different sizes and all of the parts you need to make your own can be found on our website!
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "FLAT" & "INDENTED" SHOE LACE BUTTONS?
"Flat" Sneaker Buttons have a smooth, flat back from which the "shoelace clip" protrudes. These are great if you and your buttons like to let loose and dangle and jangle about.
"Indented" Sneaker Buttons have a recessed back, so the clip sits deep into the button. This, in turn, pulls your shoelace tighter and keeps the button nice and snug. These are great if you and your buttons like a nice, orderly, approach to self expression.
Get Patio-Ready with DIY and Custom Coasters July 07 2016
Summer is here! And for us, that means sitting in the backyard and enjoying some sunshine with a lemonade in hand.
You can get patio-perfect too with some summer button coasters! All you need are the parts, a press and coaster die insert (also available with in-store rentals!) and a little bit of creativity to make the perfect summer craft!
This How-To video will guide you on your coaster-making journey:
DIY and Custom coasters are the perfect thing for guests to take home at weddings or family reunions. A set of coasters would make an amazing gift for a special occasion or housewarming! We even have customers who have small businesses selling the coasters they make at craft shows and markets!
If you make some coasters, buttons, or magnets that you think the world should see, post a picture on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us :) We love to show off the creations of our fellow buttoneers!
to make coasters with your 3.5" button machine you will also need a Coaster Die Insert.
DIY Project: Mystery Series Pocket Mirrors January 31 2016We love books around here. We love to read them and normally wouldn't condone taking them apart, but we're going to make an exception with our latest craft project.
The thing is, we have all these great looking books in the shop that we use to make our upcycled notebooks. But the pages inside don't always get to be reused.
Well, we've found the perfect way to salvage some of the pages from old vintage books - Mystery Series Pocket Mirrors!
If you have some old books or magazines, you can do the same. Parts for mirrors can be purchased on the same page where you order your button supplies.
As with any artwork you put in your button maker, just make sure the pages aren't so thick they will jam your machine. Then cut, press and carry.
And the images from these old books get to tell a story in a whole new way.
Video: How to Make Button Christmas Tree Ornaments December 11 2015
The holidays provide a great opportunity for us button makers and crafty folk.
We get to make personalized gifts for our friends and family and fill our own homes with crafts made by hand – all with our button maker!
One great and fun DIY project is button ornaments. Hang them on your Christmas tree or around the house. This is a great Christmas craft project for kids!
New Video: How to Make Button Tree Ornaments
Available in 5 Different Sizes
To make ornaments you will need Everything for Slotted Backs with Tabs. You can order the complete set of supplies needed to make your ornaments here. The only thing not included is the hook, but you can pick some up at your local craft store.
Don't Have A Button Maker? No Problem!
We have a few ways you can make button ornaments even if you don't own a button maker.
We Will Make Them For You!
Contact us for pricing!
Rent A Button Maker
Rent a button maker to make your ornaments at home.
Come to Make Ornaments In Store - Great for Kids Off School!
You can drop into the Toronto store to make an ornament or there is still time to book an ornament workshop party if you'd like to bring in your children and their friends. This is a great idea for those when the kids are off from school!
Call to get more information or to book a spot or contact our Events Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Fire Movement to Launch One Fire Clothing in 2016! November 24 2015
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!
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 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.
Thank you One Fire Movement for making a difference in the world, and for using super cool buttons to spread the love!
Recycle Fabric wtih Fabric Buttons! November 17 2015
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.
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.
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!
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!
Unlock the Potential of your 2-1/4" Buttonmaker! November 10 2015
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!
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.
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!
It’s Election Time: A Guide to Campaign Buttons June 24 2015
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:
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.
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.
Make Your Own Button Necklaces with Magnetic Pendants! February 28 2015
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.
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.
You will also need flat back button parts to make your masterpiece.
Order everything for 1” ROUND Flat Back Buttons here.
Supplies for 1” SQUARE Unpinned Back Buttons are here.
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!
After more than 2 years established in Quebec we have had our best year yet in 2018. As a thank you to our customers we are giving a simple $20 off (Call it free shipping) any order that is going to a Quebec address. Any order (over $100) for custom buttons, button machines or button parts gets $20 discount.
Use discount code: Quebec2016thankyou$20 at checkout. Order at PeoplePowerPress
Great news for all button makers and button people in Montreal. Nic from The BUTTON SHOP is open in Montreal too. Checkout Nic's website:
Nic is possibly the best button maker I know but we never did have the button making Olympics we planned to see who really is the best. He's making custom buttons right there in Montreal and he is a very experienced button maker who can help and advise on any button making project. Ontario has had a button store for some time, in Toronto, but this is the first button store I have heard of in Quebec. He is stocking button makers, button machines and button parts right there in Ville-St-Laurent very close to the Du College Metro Station in Montreal.
This is what the store looked like in August 2014 but this closed and is now in the downtown.
Yes I don’t see a button shop either. But this was Google street view, it’s always out of date!
The new store was the one with the “Bieres” sign and next time I’m in Montreal I’m going to swing by and see how Nic is doing. I will provide a new update with the current picture soon. In the meantime lets support the Montreal Button Shop.
If your placing an order let Nic know you got his contact from The Button Guy.
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.
Bright interactive button installation for Not Myself Today - A mental health button campaign. January 20 2014
In the summer of 2012, Blok Design took over Yonge and Dundas square in Toronto. They created a a button installation of 31,000 buttons, over 30 ft long to bring awareness to the Not Myself Today” Campaign for Partners for Mental Health an organization dedicated to transforming mental health in Canada.
The installation was intended to draw people into a conversation about mental health by encouraging people to select buttons directly off the wall, describing various moods. Buttons ranged in emotions-'up, moody, wired, edgy' etc.
As well as being brilliant and effective, these mental health campaign buttons looked extremely cool! What a fantastic idea.
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!
Pretty button ornaments! December 17 2013
Have a button maker? Why not start a new tradition and make some fancy button ornaments over the holidays? A great way to recycle some pretty wrapping paper and easy to make.
These ornaments pictured are made using a 1.75" button maker with a keychain back, chain tabs (without the chain), some metallic wrapping paper and a light mesh wrapping paper. The image is printed on Dura-lar (available through our store) instead of paper.
What you need:
Shell and keychain backs
Your design, or paper
The other way to make Christmas ornaments is covered here.
Button Vending Machines – Put your button sales on automatic – Gumball machines for buttons! September 07 2013
Selling your button designs in stores can be a great way to launch your button business. But buttons are a low cost item that can walk very easily if you have them in a jar or on a board. Packaging buttons is a good way to go. You can make sets of matching buttons and put them on a display card or 4 in a bag with a header card. I will be writing a separate article about button packaging in due course. Another way to ensure you don’t loose buttons to pilfering is sell them using a button vending machine.
These machines are traditional gumball machines converted to take capsules. You can then add multiple buttons in a capsule or also put a special offer or a coupon code in the capsule. People enjoy putting in a coin and turning the handle to see what they are going to get. There is a nostalgia surrounding the gumball machines. Everyone remembers them from their childhood. Button vending machines work for you whilst you are somewhere else, maybe making or designing buttons, maybe at home tucked up in bed with a good book. Put your button sales on Automatic!
This is the flagship! The Beaver Meridian Gumball Machine is a very cool retro style solid metal machine in bright red and designed like a globe. I think it looks very cool. As with all these machines there are some options for the coin mechanism. You can go for a coin mechanism that takes a quarter, two quarters or even 4 quarters. If your in Canada you can have a loonie or toonie coin mechanism. You can even have 2 x $1 or 2 x $2. All these machines also have the option for TOKENS or FREE VEND options.
The above Button Vending Machine – Meridian is quite pricy ($600 – $800) and at 70 lbs it’s quite expensive to ship. But there are other options:
The Northern Beaver takes 1″ or 2″ or 3″ capsules. You can fit 3 1″ buttons or magnets in a 1″ acorn capsule. You can fit 3 buttons or magnets up to 1-3/4″ in a 2″ acorn capsule. The 3″ capsules are a quarter each so I find them a bit expensive but they do take a few 2-1/4″ buttons. The 2″ acorn capsules are only 5 cents each, the 1″ acorn capsules go down to 3 cents each. I see more opportunity in those than the 3″ buttons.
The Round Beaver has all the coin mechanism options but is only available for 1″ vending capsules. The stand is also an optional extra. They sit nicely on the counter and come with fixtures for bolting down or attaching a security wire (as do all Beaver vending machines). The Round Beaver you can pickup for around $150.
Marketing and promotion options using a Button Vending Machine.
Above I’m talking about selling buttons but there are also other uses. These machines have interchangeable coin mechanisms. Those coin mechanisms can have some interesting possibilities. The FREE VEND option is a coin mechanism that requires no coin. Just turn the handle and out pops the capsule. Why is this useful?
Think of putting a machine in a local venue like an art gallery or a café. When someone turns the handle they get a free button and an ad. That ad could lead potential clients to your store, your website or to your latest special offer. A great way to get customers coming to you.
What about TOKEN VENDING? Our mechanism takes a 0.984″ token which is a pretty standard token size. You can get tokens personalised, stamped with your website or your logo. You can send a token to your mailing list, give a token out at trade shows or even walk the streets and hand out your token. It will bring people to your store or event. Event and party organisers can use tokens to distribute “random” capsules that are a kind of lottery. What about a party where you have to find the person with the matching button. The Button Vending Machine keeps the mix random.
How do I promote my website or business with a Button Vending Machine.
Depends on your business ….. but let’s say you have a bicycle store for example. Come up with 5 or 10 slogans about cycling. I love my bike! Cyclists do it better! Watch for cyclists! etc. Make some cool designs, add a button or magnet business card so there are 2 buttons in the capsule. Get a Button Vending Machine with a $1 mechanism and set it up in your cycle shop. Your customers will like the slogan, buy the button and take home your business card for the fridge. If it cost a $1 they will appreciate it – If you give them away we all know how many end up in the garbage! Entertain your customers AND promote your business. The $1 coins will pay for the buttons and the machine in no time. This method can be adapted to almost ANY BUSINESS and it works.
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