Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How to Make a Pinback Button






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Today I’m going to show you how to make a pinback button. We’ve made the design, printed the design and, we’ve cut it. Now, it’s time to make it so you can delight your customers and so that everyone can wear it to show off their geeky likes. Let’s get started!


Materials to make a pinback button:
  • Button making machine
  • Cut design
  • Pinback button shells
  • Pinback button mylar
  • Pinback button backings (or flatbacks if making magnets)


  1. Put the pinback button shell and put it in the left side of the machine
  2. Put the design into the machine with the top of the art point towards the left
  3. Put mylar on top of art
  4. Put pinback button backing inside up with the top of the backing facing to the right
  5. Move the left side of the machine up
  6. Punch the art into the machine
  7. Move the backing part of the machine up
  8. Punch the backing together with the art
  9. Rotate the machine back to the original position


If you find that your button is off center or that the design is wrapping around the rim, there are ways to prevent that. I cover those tips in the next video.

If you have any questions, email me at toni@normalnotfound.com.