Today’s technology allows people to make things on their own, right at the comfort of their own homes. Everything is DIY or do it yourself, including custom pins. However, DIY your pins only if:
The shapes you need are just circle and rectangle. You can use snap in buttons for this, which you can buy online or in retail craft shops. Thee buttons come in different sizes as well, from half inch to 3 inches.
Otherwise go to the professionals and let them do the pins when you need a special shape such as an animal, a logo, or any unusual shape.
The design is not complicated. The easiest to do is the design and print type. This is just cutting out the printed design that you made. Or sometimes, one uses a custom pin with just a photo of the person – such as during the campaign period of your school-age kids for their school councils.If the design is elaborate and detailed, better have the professional handle it.
The quantity is limited. If you need less than 30-50 custom pins for your event, then it would save you a lot more if you will do it yourself. For larger quantities however, placing an order would be the better option, in terms of time, effort, quality and money.
The event or the occasion is not that formal or high status. For children’s clubs or as campaign items for your kids, or as tokens during family reunions and parties, DIY would be the ideal choice. Your close friends and families would appreciate the labor of love you have exerted on those pins.However, when one is going to use the pins for awarding ceremonies or employee recognition, go for the professional look. This would make the people feel more special. They would not think that you are cutting cost on them.
You have sufficient time. Making your own custom pins could eat up your time during planning, designing, making and distributing. If you have the patience and time for this, then go for it. If not, just place your orders and in no time, you’ll have the pins ready.
You are on budget but you are creative. A custom pin can cost you from 50 cents to $2 each. Snap in button could be bought for less than 20 cents per piece depending on the design and quantity.
The materials that you would need are the following: snap in buttons, your printed design,which you have cut to match the size of your snap in buttons.
Making your own custom pins is as easy as 1-2-3. Here are the easy to follow steps.
1.Place the printed design facing down on the front of the snap in button.
2.Place the back part side of the snap in button carefully (with the pin outside) to fit in the front part of the button.
3.Secure the pin by snapping the back part in place by pushing it down gently.
That’s it! You have just completed your first DIY custom pin. Do the same with the rest of your pins.
Now it sounds easy enough and in reality, it is actually easy. However, many people spend so much time in perfecting the placement of the back side to the front side of the button. This is where their frustrations come.
If you have an additional budget plus if you intend to make lots of custom pins, then purchasing a button machine would be a good investment for you. The steps would be basically the same, only this time, the button machine would be the one to secure the two parts in place together.