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Button Making

A basic guide to making buttons at the Swem Makerspace


The Makerspaces at William & Mary are pleased to offer a button making machine in the Swem Library for use by all current students, staff, and faculty.  

Using a button maker is a fun, engaging, and creative experience.

To ensure that our button machine and patrons stay happy, the Swem Makerspace requires that all patrons who wish to schedule time with the button maker agree to our common sense safety policies. 

For more information, contact Ashley Gonzales

Create a Graphic

STEP 1: Create a Graphic for your Button

Where do you find a graphic to turn into a button?

You can design a button yourself! There is a blank template with the proper sizing for our 2.25" machine. For more info on making a button, visit the American Button Machine website.

Scheduling Time with the Button Maker

STEP 2: Schedule Button Making Time

Once you have designed a graphic to turn into a button, visit The Makerspaces at W&M website and click on the Make an Appointment tab. After you submit your project info you will be contacted by an MSE to set up an appointment to use the equipment. 


Make a Button

Step 3: Make a Button

Once you have designed a graphic for your button and scheduled a time to use the button making machine in the Swem Makerspace, it's time to make your button. You can use the simple set of instructions that are in the makerspace next to the button making machine. In addition, follow this link to learn some common do's and don'ts online.

Stop by the Circulation desk to pick up your button-making kit; be prepared to show your booking confirmation. There is also a wooden box on the table to recycle the empty kit. Each kit contains five of the following:

  1. Shell
  2. Mylar
  3. Pinback