A button maker is a tool that helps create buttons with various backings. The most common is a pin-style backing that allows you to pin the button onto clothing.
Below is our step-by-step instruction on how to make a button. Once you get the hang of it it’s quick and fun to do! They can allow you to get creative with drawings or use the resource section below to design your own buttons using web tools!
Where to Start
Blank button template pdfs for designing your buttons. They can be printed as is to create hand made buttons.
Alternatively, they can be uploaded into design software, such as Canva or Photoshop, to create custom digital buttons.
Printed instructions can be found alongside the button maker in Makerspace.
How to Use a Button Maker
DerangedHyena gives beginners a pinback button tutorial. In the tutorial, they cover paper, material alignment, and the use of the button maker itself.
Note: While they recommend a specific type of paper, printer paper also works well and is thin enough for the machine!
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