Our Button Makers are available. Please sanitize after use. Cleaning equipment will
be provided to you.
The button makers are in the Scholar Studio, across from the library's front doors.
You can make 1”, 2.25”, and 3” buttons, as well as 1” magnets, using materials available for purchase at the Circulation desk. You can also make keychains, zipper pulls, ornaments, jewelry, and more if you bring your own supplies – see “I’m making a lot of buttons.” below.
We charge 50¢ for a bag containing the materials to make one button/magnet. When you are done, please return your empty plastic bag to the container on the table so that we can reuse it.
You can pay for materials at the Circulation desk using CatCash, regular cash, and checks.
You are welcome to purchase your own supplies and bring them in. The cost per button
will be significantly lower. Here’s where we recommend buying supplies for:
1" Button Maker Pinback buttons Everything Else
2.25" Button Maker Pinback buttons Everything Else
3" Button Maker Pinback buttons Everything Else
The button makers in the Scholar Studio can make 1", 2.25", and 3" buttons. Your image
needs to be slightly larger than the finished button size. The necessary image diameters
1" --------- 1.313"
2 1/4" ----- 2.625"
3" ---------- 3.451"
Use our Word templates! We have a 1” button template, a 2.25” button template, and a 3” button template to help you size your graphic. Just change the fill in the circles to “Picture” and select your image. Not sure how to do that? You can read this guide to learn how to fill a Word shape with a picture. When placing your image, please note that the edges of the circle won’t be visible in the finished button.
A circle punch is a cutting tool designed to let you efficiently cut out appropriately sized circles for making into buttons/magnets.
For more in-depth instructions, visit American Button Machine's Learning Center.
1. Slide your graphic between the top plates of the punch.
2. Make sure it's positioned the way you want it. Your image should fill the entire circle in the top plate. (If there is a bit of a white border, that’s okay.)
3. Push the handle down as far as it will go. See the picture for the correct direction – if it’s very hard to push down, you might be pushing in the wrong direction.
4. Reach under the machine and poke your beautiful new circle out from the bottom with your finger. The 1" circle punch has a small metal piece that you push up instead, since the hole is smaller.
5. Pull the handle back up and release it.
6. Slide the excess paper out or slide your strip down until your next image is lined up.