Buttons aka Badges aka Pins

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Lots of people on Craftster ask about making the buttons you see pinned all over people’s messenger bags. There are two kinds of button-makers: hand press and bench press. The hand press machines are about half the price of the bench press machines. They are harder to use (they require lots of squeezing and hand strength) and they are made from plastic so they wear out eventually. The bench press kind is very sturdy and very easy to use.

buttons My boyfriend made these buttons with our Buttons Online One-Inch Button Press. It’s such a sturdy machine that I think you could run over it with a car and it would be OK. And it’s very easy to use.

My advice is that if you’re serious about making buttons and think you’ll make a lot of them, you should save up for the more expensive bench press type of machine. But if you just want to make them here and there for fun, the hand press is great.

Here’s an example of an all-metal bench press and a plastic hand press:
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There are lots of places to buy machines and parts but these are the ones I’ve used:
Buttons Online – http://www.buttonsonline.com
Button Biz – http://www.buttonbiz.com
Badge-a-Minit – http://www.badgeaminit.com
Craftster thread all about button-makers

toy buttonmakers Oh and I couldn’t NOT show these cuties! They’re toy button makers made by Bandai. I hear that the buttons are a little chunky and plasticy looking and that these machines take special button parts that can be hard to find. But they certainly are cute!

And for your amusement, here’s a truly hysterical button-maker-related article from The Onion.

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  1. X. Duran says:

    I like button making, but I hate the lame jagged edges around my buttons, is there a way to fix this? I use a hand press button maker.

    thx you!

  2. Sara says:

    Where can I find button makers? I already tried Joanns. And also, what are the average prices.

  3. deborah says:

    Ooh, don’t you wish there was a button maker that did a variety of button sizes? Is there one out there perhaps?

  4. lauren says:

    Badge-a-minit is great, except for the fact that six years later they are still sending you more mail than you could ever know what to do with!

  5. Laura says:

    I just bought a button making machine and I adore it! I got the 1 1/2″ machine from Buttons Online. It was pretty expensive – with shipping it was about $600 canadian – but I got lots of stuff with it (a circle cutter, parts to make 1000 buttons, cds with gradients for the background, etc). I’m not sure if it’s a hand or bench machine…it has metal parts rather than plastic but is fairly small (fits on the bookshelf in my bedroom). Also, The Onion rocks my socks.

  6. michelle! says:

    your stuff is cool but where did you get the hello kitty thing macker!!

  7. Marie says:

    Do you know anything about the Mr. Button makers? Is the 2 1/3″ bench press any good? How does it compair to Badge-a-Minit? I would appreciate any info or opinions. Thanks!

  8. Marie says:

    To answer an earlier question about a button maker that makes different sized buttons… there is one by Badge-a-Minit. Try this website, they have really good deals or check out eBay.


  9. Kara says:

    II do NOT recommend the BANDAI button makers at all Since they are made for kids it does not come with pin backs (standard button backings like safty pins) but rather little plastic clips and suction cups. Also, there is no garuntee that each button will turn out – in fact, when I use it only about 1 in 3 end up working. I do, however, recommend the Badge-A-Mint hand presses. I have the 1″ button maker and it works grrrrreat! Also, this comapny has excellent customer service! When my hand press broke, I called in ready for a fight but there was no need for that because they just asked for my name to look up my information and then automatically sent me a new press a week later; I never even had to ask for them to send me another one.

  10. Susann says:

    Where can i find button maker in Europe, for example from Germany or U.K?

  11. candi says:

    was marie who wrote comment 8 marie wu?

  12. Deflo says:

    Hi Susann
    Check those links
    I assume that they ship button machines (Badge A Minit etc..) from UK.

  13. Cabbage says:

    Hey, that button thing is pretty cool. I’d like to sometime make my own buttons for my bookbag and such. Thanks! =)

  14. angie says:

    is there anywhere i could find a good maker that is offline. I cant buy one on line is there any good craft stores that sell it?

  15. I can always count on you to cheer me up.

  16. sasha says:

    You can get cheaper button makers and parts from:

    but you should get the circle cutter to cut out images from:

  17. Stathis Moustakis says:

    Hi does anybody know if i can find spare parts for the badge-a-minute 2 1/4″ in Europe because the shipping fees from America is bigger than the cost of the parts!!!

  18. emmanuel says:

    cool blog…informative and entertaining – but i was wondering if there are any button press machine suppliers in the philippines…

  19. iris says:

    hi there, i wonder if there’s any badge/button maker machine here in the philippines..im interested in buying one… please reply to my email…

  20. Chris says:

    Hi! I’m looking for standard 1″ Button parts in Europe….

    does anybody know where could I buy them???

    Many thanks!!!


  21. Devon says:

    For Badge-A-Minit products in Canada, go to Babble http://www.babbleweb.ca They are really nice!!! And you can pick up your stuff if you’re in Toronto!

  22. joy mercado says:

    good day! i have a plan of buying a badge maker machine to add to my on-going small venture. where could i buy one here in the philippines? hope you could help me…i need it badly..thanks and more power…

  23. JOEL says:

    hello everybody!
    can i ask for help were to buy Dr. Don’s Button Making Machine Model 225 here in Indonesia?…

  24. Vicki says:

    I saved & got a good badge maker, i live in the UK & found it really hard to find them in England & so had to buy one from Germany. I still get the parts from the same supplier in Germany. I agree if you are making a large number of badge make sure you invest in a good badge machine.

    We make & sell badges via our website http://www.koolbadges.co.uk

  25. Jill says:

    Badge-A-Minit offers a variety of button makers, from the beginner hand presses to bench presses, to semi-automatic machines to an automatic one! And they do ship outside of the United States. Their website is http://www.badgeaminit.com.

  26. debi says:

    anyone recommend some basic software for badge making ? i cant seem to print out a sheet in the right sizes, i need a circular template that curves text too, my badge machine is 1″…help please

  27. stylebutton says:

    hi debi,

    if you have photoshop, you can download templates for 1″, 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ buttons her: http://www.stylebutton.de/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=32

  28. destructleo says:

    Hi, im trying to make buttons using BStylin, a little like badge it…and when i make them, they come out jagged and unbalanced. For example, it is not completely closed and the image is jagged.

  29. Melchor Raranga says:

    pls help me find button pin maker. im planning to expand my business next year. where can i buy, im located at alaminos city, pangasinan. pls reply
    how much?

  30. Button King says:

    Cheapest place to buy button makers or button making supplies is Critical Buttons http://www.criticalbuttons.ca in Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada. They sell Tecre and Badge-A-Minit machines and supplies. They also sell bulk magnets for crafters and bulk used book covers for making recycled journals. Its on Kensington Avenue near Courage My Love and Dancing Days. Website is criticalbuttons.ca but the store is worth a visit if you’re in Toronto.

  31. ButtonBoy40 says:

    Quick question for anyone who might know. In addition to all of the resources above, another site I’ve heard good things about is American Button Machines (http://www.americanbuttonmachines.com). Has anyone bought from them? Anyone have a review/experience they can share? Prices looked better so I was considering going with them. Thanks for any help.

  32. Lisa Payton says:

    Do you know if you can make these buttons without the pin on the back so that they can be used as flair on scrapbook pages or artists’ trading cards? My daughter and I would love to design our own but are tired of having to have my husband cut the pins off the back.
    Thank a bunch!
    Lisa in Missouri

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