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The MakerLab

Your complete how-to guide for enjoying the Cline Library's MakerLab.

Button Maker

Button makerThe Cline Library MakerLab offers two 1.5 inch American Button Machines button makers. These button makers create 1.5 inch buttons. Each kit includes a button maker and paper hole-punch. Though checking out the button maker is free, you may purchase button supplies to make 25 buttons for $5 at the Ask Us! Desk. Bulk button making supplies are also available online from vendors such as American Button Machines. The button maker is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To view button maker availability, visit: https://nau.edu/library/laptops-equipment/

How To Guide

Designing your Button

You can use a number of different software programs to design your buttons:

  • The Button Guy (recommended)
  • Microsoft Word
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign

Templates are available from The Button Guy.


Designing with The Button Guy

  1. Visit thebuttonguy.net.
  2. To get started, select Free Online Button Designer.
  3. Sign up and log in to your free account.
  4. Select your button size. If you are using one of MakerLab's button makers, choose 1.5".
  5. Click on any text to edit it using the text editor menu on the right.
  6. Select any element to change its color using the right side menu.
  7. Use the show/hide menu on the bottom to remove elements.
  8. Select Upload Image to add a photo to your design.
  9. Be sure to save your work!
    • Save Session to save the project file and be able to make edits in the future.
    • Save This Button to save and print your finished design.

Making your Button

  1. Place the button components in the pickup die and the crimp die.
    Button step 1
  2. Rotate the pickup die clockwise until it is underneath the upper die.
    Button step 2
  3. Pull the handle all the way down to crimp the shell, graphic, and mylar in the upper die. 
    Button step 3
  4. The components are now in the upper die. Raise the handle and rotate the crimp die counter clockwise. 
    Button step 4
  5. With the pinback still in the crimp die, 
    Button step 5
  6. Pull the handle a second time.
    Button step 6
  7. Rotate the die clockwise to see your finished button. 
    Button step 7
  8. Your button is complete!
    Button step 8

View the tutorial videos below for additional help.

Tutorial Videos