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How much does it cost to make custom buttons?

Custom Buttons are an inexpensive investment to get your message out or promote a product, cause or business.

Employees who wear promotional button pins to advertise a product or promotion really do increase retail store sales so the answer is a resounding YES!. Back to the question of how much it costs to have custom buttons made. Ordering just one pin-back button can be $4.99 whereas ordering 25,000 custom buttons come in as little as $0.16 each, making pin-back buttons one of the most cost-effective choices for getting your message across. This type of advertisement typically costs pennies and compared to other marketing costs is also very effective it’s what we call the “Silent Salesperson”.

Can wearing a button pin increase awareness and sales?

What choices do you have if you don’t want a pin & how much do these options cost?

Choice #1 Custom Button Pins

Why custom button pins? Custom Buttons have been around since the 1800’s and are still universally accepted today as a major form of advertising, expression, pride. In addition they are very collectable. We know that your custom button pins will look smashingly good anytime and for any purpose. They will look even better on the folks who are going to “Pin One On”.  Ordering buttons can range from $4.99 for one button to $0.16 for 10’s of thousands of buttons.  We have even manufactured over 1 million button pins for the US Government, so yes we can do large orders. To get a quote for large quantity pricing and production time  – click here.

Choice #2 Wearable Clothing Buttons

Custom Button pins are an inexpensive investment but some people don’t want holes in their dress shirts but still want to get the message across. How do they do it? We sell a lot of ultra premium wearable clothing magnets for those who want no holes. Ordering as few as 1 custom wearable magnetic button can be as low as $4.99 each whereas 5,000 custom wearable magnetic buttons would be as little as $0.61 each. 

For the people who love buttons but don’t want to deal with a steel pin poking a hole in their shirt, custom wearable clothing magnetic buttons are the solution! These magnets are awesome and offer the same great quality and reliability our pin back buttons offer with a magnetic backing. Our magnets are extremely strong and will hold to any shirt, lapel or jacket. We simply replace the pin on a standard pin-back button with a strong, wearable clothing magnet.

Clothing Magnetic Buttons Create No Holes

Clothing magnets are the ultra-premium choice for buttons that stick when you want but leave no trace when you remove them.  Our wearable clothing magnetic buttons are the most durable wearable magnet buttons in the industry.  As always, we feature fast turnaround times with Fast-Track production available.  Our clothing magnetic buttons feature a durable glossy and weather-resistant finish, an ultra strong magnetic backing and the industry’s best print quality.  We print on brilliant white paper which provides outstanding color brightness that pops.

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How to Wear Your Custom Buttons and Other Backing Options

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This blog features different way your can wear your custom buttons and our other button backing options.

When you are creating or designing your custom button, most business owners don’t think about one crucial detail…how is anyone going to wear or show off their buttons? Most people choose the pin-back style buttons because that might be what they are the most familiar with. There are however, more than just that one way to wear a button or even display a button.

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Wearable Button Backing Options

Traditional Pin-Back Button

The standard backing choice is the pin-back button style, which allows you to wear your custom buttons with the clip of a jewelers pin.

A pin-back button can simply be fastened to a shirt, hat, or bag using the jeweler’s safety pin mechanism. Cool fact, the first design for a pin-back button was patented in 1896. Modern buttons are modeled after that patent in very much the same way! Patent holders, Whitehead and Hoag said, “My present invention has reference to improvements in badges for use as lapel pins or buttons, or other like uses, and has for its primary object to provide…a novel means for connecting the ornamental shell or button to the bar or pin for securing the badge to the lapel of the coat.”

While pin-back buttons may not seem like much of an invention, in 1896, zippers hadn’t even been invented! Early campaign buttons had to be sewn onto the lapel or worn as a pendant. So the pin-back button was quite the revolutionary product.

Today, the pin-back buttons is the most cost effective option for those who are on a budget. From sizes starting at 7/8” all the way to 6” with rectangles, squares, and ovals in between, there is a button size and shape for every need! To order standard pin-back buttons, click here!

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Clothing Magnet

If you’d rather your buttons not poke holes in your clothes, the bar magnet is a great choice! This small, powerful magnet is a fantastic backing option for larger buttons that might stretch clothes if they were attached with a pin. This back is also a great option for places that want to reuse their custom buttons amongst employees, or have a lot of buttons to choose from.

For instance, a fast food restaurant might order their custom buttons with a bar magnet, and just keep them all in a drawer in the main office. Employees can easily swap out the buttons each shift without poking dozens of holes in their uniforms. Our clothing magnets come in two different sizes, a small round magnet and a bar magnet.

Depending on the size of the buttons that you order is what size clothing magnet will be used for your order. Both are powerful magnets and even stick to magnetic or metal surfaces like refrigerators! To order clothing magnets, click here!

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Bulldog Clips

Bulldog clip backs look a lot like badge clips. The bulldog clip is attached to the back of the button and can easily be clipped onto a lapel or pocket so you don’t have to push a pin through your shirt. Bulldog clips are also great for attaching ID tags to lanyards. To order bulldog clips, click here!

bulldog clip buttons

When choosing how your employees or customers are going to wear your buttons you have to figure out how they will be wearing them. If they will constantly be removing and putting the button back on, a bar magnet or bulldog clip fastener is probably a better choice because those won’t poke holes in their clothes. However the downside to those types of backings is, they can be a little more expensive, so if you are designing your custom buttons on a budget the traditional pin-back button style might be a better choice.

Other Backing Options

Other than the standard pin-back buttons, clothing magnets, and bulldog clip backing options, we also have Zipper Pulls®, Fridge Magnets, Bottle Openers, and Mirror Backs. These backing types have some limited size options due to how they are made.

Zipper Pulls®

Zipper Pulls® are a 1” or 1.25” button that has a backing that allows it to be clipped to a zipper. They are an advertising tool for a variety of industries including sports teams, ski resorts, schools, trade shows, and more! They are a great way to show off your brand or create awareness. To order Zipper Pulls®, click here!

zipper pulls

Fridge Magnets

Fridge magnets are a way to show off your custom button designs on the refrigerator or a metal surface. The custom button magnets are made using the same production process, however the backing type parts are different. Fridge magnets use a flat back metal part or an unpinned back (depending on the size of the magnet button). This type of magnet is stronger and longer lasting than the flexible fridge magnets you would normally see. To order fridge magnets, click here!

fridge magnet buttons

Bottle Openers

Bottle Openers come in one size currently, the 2.25” round. The backing is a black polypropylene plastic with a metal bottle opener. It also has a magnet to either hang your bottle opener up while it’s not in use or catch the bottle cap when opening the bottle! Bottle openers are great for breweries, gifts, or even advertisements for beverage companies! To place an order for bottle openers, click here!

Mirror Backs

Mirror Backs, like the bottle openers, come in one size the 2.25” round. They have a mirror on the back and your custom design on the front! They are great for people on the go.  It is compact enough to carry it in your purse or your makeup bag. So, you will never be without a mirror again. You can order mirror backs here!

Whether you, or your customers are planning on wearing your custom buttons or displaying your custom buttons with one of our other backing types, we are here to help! We can be reached by phone (623-445-9975) or by email (sales@custombuttons.com) or even by chat on our website Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5PM Arizona Time. Our team of button specialists can help you with quoting your project and determining the best options for you.

We are prepared to help every step of the way! As our Founder and President, Maura Statman, likes to say, “We’re in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!”

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