Button Collection!

Buttons are not just a novelty they are a physical representation of your cause, your brand and your social ideas!

Photos of Crysta's button collectionIf you’ve ever questioned whether or not buttons or a button maker would be a good investment, people will keep the pins long after an event and remember your cause or brand–we’ve got the answer. They will! We had the pleasure of borrowing Crysta’s button collection (our 1” Button Guru here at BB!). These are from Canada mostly and we decided to highlighted a few interesting ones…

Collection of buttons, Elmer's Glue & South Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority Bottom Left: Elmer and I never forget button – Elmer the safety elephant mascot was an attempt to teach young children street and road safety. The character began in 1947, in Toronto. The illustration you see was done by Charles Thorson.
Next to the Elmer’s pin, we have the South Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority which started around 1951 in order to, well, conserve. Mostly water!

Vote Carly Button from SCI HighschoolSCI’s SAC BALLOT button – This one is from Crysta’s time at high school when her friend Carly was running for class president

Canada’s fitweek 1988 pinback button Canada’s fitweek 1988 button – As the button says, it was held on May 20th 1988 by Fitness Canada. 7.5 Million Canadians nationwide participated.

Let’s Talk Jerky & Federal Express Olympics buttonTop Right: Let’s Talk Jerky! button – We’re not sure of the origins of this one but we are sure that they wanted to talk to you all about jerky 🙂 Mmmm…Bottom Right: Federal Express Olympics button – Always interesting to see a big brand’s progression from one name to another. This was for the 1988 Olympics before Federal Express rebranded to FedEx!
Top middle: Anyone else remember KMart?

Red Rocket Button & OthersTop Left: Ride the Red Rocket Toronto button – Did you know Toronto, Canada has a huge streetcar network? It started way back in the 1860s with horse drawn carriages and quickly grew to electric powered streetcars. This button makes memory of the beloved red rockets.

Buttons are like diamonds, with proper care they can last forever. Keeping your cause, brand or social idea in mind-decades later!!

  • Keeping them from getting rusty by avoiding unnecessary moisture
  • Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid your colours bleaching
  • For the button maker, start with good quality materials like ButtonBiz parts, acid free paper and high quality inks
    All these will help with the longevity of your pins!

So do you have a button collection, what is your favourite? Share in the comments below!! 🙂
– Megan // Bayleaf Buttons

Button Making At Your School – Ideas and Tips!


The new school year is full swing! You’ve never had a better excuse to add a button maker to your school. Button makers are affordable; they last a lifetime, and will be the buzz in the student activities office. With buttons you can fundraise for your school or class trips, promote your schools sports teams, and raise school spirit!

Teacher looking at button making systems from Buttonbiz.com


Think about it!! Try some of these ideas:

  • Generate buzz within your school, have a design contest to get students involved. Once the winner has been chosen, make that button available for sale and fundraise for your school!
  • Offer custom buttons for parents whose children are doing exceptionally well on a team or in academics. Encourage parental pride!
  • Students attending off campus competitions can easily be recognized with your school’s logo on a large button.
  • Charge students a small fee for making custom buttons to promote their candidacy while running for student council.
  • Make a special line of buttons for the big football game, encourage school spirit, and give a lasting memento from the game for years to come.
  • Team up with your favourite local charity, sell buttons to fundraise for them and add your schools moto or mascot to the buttons. It’ll encourage charitable giving while showing the local community you care.
  • Buttons make a great keepsake for graduating students; they’ll look back on the pins fondly.
  • Give your honor roll students a reward; make a customized button just for them. They will know that are grades important and feel appreciated at the same time!
  • Having Staff or Parent volunteers wearing a button can make it easier for others to identify them!
    Picture of buttons reading Parent Liaison, ASK ME!

    Example of some ‘Ask Me’ Buttons, great to use for parent volunteers or teachers-Easily get conversations going with the help from buttons!

These are just a handful of ideas that you can use…your school’s creativity is the limit.
Button Biz has a great selection of button making systems to suit your school’s needs, check them out here!


Till next time!
– Megan // Bayleaf Buttons


How to Determine the Value of a Political Button

It can be difficult to determine the value of a political button. The folks over at WorthPoint have done a story and video about political buttons. The video below is very interesting and features a wide variety of political buttons. There were thousands and thousands of Obama and McCain buttons made for the 2008 Presidential Campaign. It will probably be years before most of these buttons will be worth more than a few dollars.

Here are a few points to consider when determining the value of a political button:

  1. How rare is the button.
  2. Was the button available to the general public or was it just available to a select group of people?
  3. Buttons from the early years of a politicians career are much more valuable than the later years. For example, buttons from President Barack Obama’s run for the State Senate in Illinois are currently more valuable than most of his presidential campaign buttons.
  4. Buttons that are unusual are usually more valuable than conventional buttons.

What Makes a Political Button Valuable? – WorthPoint

Packaging, Displays, and Dispensing

Six Cent Press, a Canadian button making company, offers several different products of interest to button makers.

The company offers custom packaging for 1″, 1.25″, 1.5″, 1.75″, and 2.25″ buttons.  Minimum order is 50 packages.  I’ve included a few pictures of the packaging below.

Button Packaging

Button Packaging

The company also offers a counter-top display for buttons.  A short description and a photo of the display is below.

Without taking up too much counter space, this simple mini revolving counter top display unit is ideal for your button sets. Each unit contains: 24 holes across and 20 rows down. Each rack includes 8 – 4 inch hooks. Available in black only.

Button Countertop Display

Finally, the company also offers vending machines.  The machines start at $275.

Button Vending Machine

Retail Button Box Display

The folks over at Badge Bomb and One Inch Round have just released a cool retail box that features their Gama Go buttons. You can find the buttons at a variety of retail locations.

Button Box

Flickr Button Template

Make your own flickr pin back buttons.

I created the template below for all those flickr fans out there.  The template is designed for 1″ buttons.  The template will work with this 1″ button maker.  Just print the template on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper and start making buttons.

Flickr Button Template