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The Model 225 button machine is the BEST manually operated 2-1/4-inch button machine on the market today!

Made of solid-steel, it is incredibly easy to operate, and is able to produce up to 5 professional-quality buttons in a single minute!

With the Model 225, you'll be able to make pin-back buttons, magnet-back buttons, key chain buttons, and mirror-backed buttons.

Model 225 button kit What types of buttons will you create?

orderthe Model 225 button machine and any of the button-making supplies we offer for it.

Is 2-1/4" the right size button for your needs? Click here to download a button-size comparison chart.

Making buttons with the Model 225 is unbelievably easy!
Model 225 button kit
To make a button with the Model 225, simply place your artwork and button supplies into the appropriate dies on the button machine, pull the handle down twice, and in a matter of seconds your perfectly formed, professional-quality button is made!

So easy to use, a six year old can operate it
In the video below, watch as Benjamin Singel, who was only six years old, makes a button in only 20 seconds, using the Model 225 button machine his family purchased from Dr. Don's Buttons.

To see additional photos and learn what Benjamin Singel has done with his button business over the last 6 years, click here.

Make buttons anytime / anywhere
Since the Model 225 doesn't require electricity and is small enough to fit in a child's lunch box, you can take it along with you and make buttons where ever you happen to be. Just imagine all the places you'll be able to take your button machine and make buttons.

Rugged dependability
The Model 225 button machine is made of solid-steel, while Badge-A-Minit's line of inexpensive button machines are made of plastic (or a plastic-like compound).

How buttons are made
The following is a description of what actually takes place when a button is being made.

As you push down on the handle of your button machine, the button design and mylar covering are pulled taut over the face of the button, and the edge of your artwork and mylar covering are tucked up underneath the front of the button, in much the same way sheets are tucked up under the mattress when you make a bed. The back of the button is then pressed into the front and the edge of the button must be crimped tightly, as it is the crimping action that holds the button together.

Why button machines that are made of steel are so much better than ones that are made of plastic or aluminum

Model 225 button machine
Model 225 Button Press
with built-in, solid-steel dies

When you are making buttons, mechanical energy travels from the muscles in your arm into dies of the button machine and it is this energy that provides the force that crimps the edge of your button. The Model 225, which is made of solid steel, facilitates the transfer of mechanical energy far more efficiently than button machines that are made of plastic or aluminum are able to.

And that's why carpenters use hammers that are made of steel... not plastic or aluminum.

Buttons made using the Model 225 will have smooth, tightly crimped edges. They won't exhibit the "poor quality issues" that are so common to buttons that are made using plastic button machines; issues like paper and plastic sticking out the sides of the button, button edges that are rough and serrated, or buttons that fall apart in your customer's hands because the edges weren't crimped tightly.

Over time, all button machines made of plastic will bend, warp and break, rendering them unusable. When this happens, Badge A Minit will replace the broken piece. But if you're in the middle of an important job, you're out of luck until the replacement piece arrives, which could end up being weeks, since you must return the broken piece before they send you a new one.

Start your own home-based button-making business

Dr. Don in New Orleans

If you've ever thought about starting your own home-based business, be sure and read this informative article where I tell the story of how I got started in the business and then share all my best button-making secrets, Free of Charge!

To read this informative article, click here.

Creating great looking buttons is incredibly easy, when your using Dr. Don's "Online Button Design Studio"

Dr. Don's Online Button Design Studio Dr. Don's Online Photo Button Design Studio
1 Month for $9.95 / 3 Months for $19.95 / or 12 Months for $59.95


Creating great-looking designs for the buttons you want to make doesn't have to be expensive, time consuming, or complicated.

And it isn't when you're using Dr. Don's "Online Button Design Studio".

Unlike traditional software that is loaded and used on a single computer, you can access the Online Button Design Studio from any computer, which means you can design buttons at home, at work, anywhere you have a computer and an Internet connection.

The Online Button Design Studio is made up of four powerful design modules; the "Curved Text Studio", the "Photo Button Studio", the "CD Template Studio" and the "Template Background Studio", all of which make it easy to create nearly any type of button you can imagine.

And each design module includes the feature every button-maker wants and needs; the ability to create curved text!

But that's not all!

The Online Button Design Studio also makes it easy to change typestyles, change the color of your text, and if you like, even give your text an exciting glow effect.

You can make your text larger, or smaller. You can increase or decrease the amount of space between your letters.

You can create and/or delete text fields with the click of a button and you can save your designs so you can work on them again, or print your designs at a later time.

Photo Button Design Studio
The most popular module in the Online Button Design Studio is our Photo Button Studio. Use it to make photo buttons (with or without text) or use it to create buttons that include a single piece of clipart or a logo.

you can upload templates from any of our Button Design CDs and add text before sending them to print.

After you've created a design, you can then select which size button you would like to make and the Online Buton Design Studio will properly size your design and add a cut line. It will also position as many designs as possible on an 8-1/2 x 11" page and save it as a .pdf file. You can then easily print all your creations using Adobe Reader (a free program) or any program that can open and print .pdf files.

And the best part is that even with all its many advanced design features, the Online Button Design Studio is still incredibly easy to use!

We even created a Demo version of the Online Button Design Studio, so you can try it before you buy it and test out all it's powerful features.

To try the
DEMO version of the Online Button Design Studio, click here.

The Online Button Design Studio can create designs for all of the following button sizes: 7/8", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/4", 3", 3-1/2", 6", as well as Badge-A-Minit size 2-1/4" and 3" buttons.

The Online Button Design Studio is compatible with both Windows and Mac, but it does require that the Flash plug-in, which is a free download from Adobe, be installed in your Internet browser.

Please note: Since the iPad or iPhone do not use the Flash plug-in, the Online Button Design Studio cannot be used on either of them.


Button Design CDs

button design cds

Another truly innovative product we offer at Dr. Don's Buttons is our line of "Button Design CDs".

By using these CDs, now anyone can create great looking button designs, even if you lack graphic design experience.

You can receive Button Design CDs FREE when you purchase one of our button-making kits or when you purchase additional supplies for a button machine you already own.

For more information about our Button Design CDs, click here.

Printing your designs

button machine and printer
You can print the designs for your buttons using any inkjet or laser printer. Special paper is not required.

Circle cutters... for cutting the artwork for your buttons

Dr. Don's AC-1 Circle Cutter

Dr. Don's
AC-1 Circle Cutter
Dr. Don's Punch Circle Cutter

Dr. Don's
Punch Circle Cutter

Since cutting the artwork for your buttons is such an important part of the button-making process, I wanted to provide you with information that will help you choose a cutter best suited for your needs.

We currently offer two types of circle cutters... the
AC-1 circle cutter and the Punch Cutter.

For most customers, I recommend the AC-1. It's less expensive and can do things the punch cutter cannot.
(The AC-1 can cut multiple designs with one pass of the cutter blade while the punch cutter can only cut one design at a time. This feature can save you lots of time whenever you need to cut lots of designs).

The AC-1 does its cutting by means of a rotary blade that is safely housed inside the body of the cutter so it can't cut anything you don't intend to cut. The AC-1's blade sits at the end of a cutting arm that is fully adjustable. This feature allows the AC-1 to make the cuts for buttons as small as 1-inch, as large as 3-1/2 inches, and any size in between.

To use the AC-1, simply place the metal cutting plate (that comes with the AC-1) on a table and place your printed artwork on top of the cutting plate. Position the AC-1 over your artwork and center it. Then push down and turn the handle to cut your artwork into a perfect circle.

The AC-1's rotary blade will stay sharp far longer than any straight-edged cutting blade (such as those used in Badge-A-Minit's circle cutters). The AC-1's rotary blade will not only give you better cuts, it will cut thousands of designs before it will need to be replaced.

If you wish, you can even re-sharpen the AC-1's cutting blade. To do so, simply remove the blade from its adjustment arm (it's held in place with a "C-clip") and run the edge of the blade over a whetstone, as if you were sharpening a knife.

For customers who prefer not to resharpen their blades,
replacement blades are only $7.99 each.

What our satisfied customers have to say about the Model 225 button machine
Model 225 button machine
One of the best ways to learn about a product is to hear from people who have actually used that product.

Below are testimonials from satisfied customers regarding their own experience with the Model 225:

Dr. Don,

I received my new Model 225 yesterday, just as you promised.

As soon as I opened the box I knew it was a winner! Not a cheap plastic "scrap producing" badge maker like my Badge a Minit kit, but a solid made "professional" button maker.

It is so easy to use, even for the whole family. I was cranking out top quality buttons minutes after taking it out of the box. The scrap rate on my other system was about 25% The only scrap I've made with the Model 225 is when I tried going too fast and left out pieces.

Right now I am in the process of remaking my current stock of Badge a Minit products... so I can can give my customers the quality they deserve.

The cutter you provided is also a gem!

Thank you for answering my e-mails and talking with me on the phone leading up to making the decision to buy the Model 225. As far as I am concerned you saved my business.

My creativity and your machine... the possibilities are endless.

You can use me as a reference any time. Tell your customers to drop me a line. This is a great product at the right price and you are great person to deal with, too.

Thank You!

Michael Golick

Dr. Don,

I just bought the Model 225 about 10 days ago! I loved it so much, I stayed up until almost 2 a.m. tonight just making buttons, buttons and more buttons. The amazing part is I HAVE NEVER MADE A BUTTON IN MY LIFE!!! It was so RIDICULOUSLY EASY, that I could see a future in a small business I know I'd enjoy.

I can't wait to get this Model 300 SX for 3 inch buttons. I am a bus driver, and the potential to make some REAL CASH is just staring me in the face. HURRY, HURRY, HURRY and send my Model 300 SX machine!!!

Donna Austin

P.S. I love your website, too. So friendly and helpful!!!

Dr. Don,

I have been so pleased with the service from your company. Your staff and your products far and away exceed my expectations. I would recommend your company based on your service alone, but the quality of your (model) 225 machine is unbelievable!

I am having so much fun with it because it is so easy to use!

I am a middle school band teacher and we were selling buttons as a fundraiser this spring using the old BAM hand press, and I had to have 6 or 7 students after school to make the buttons--and make them slowly. The machine broke in the middle of the fundraiser, so I ordered your 225, and my students were as amazed as I was with the ease and quality of the machine. To make buttons twice as fast as the BAM, I only needed 1 student after school with your machine-- and they all wanted to be the one to stay!

You machine is easy and fun-THANKS!

Nancy Stover


Well, things were very exciting here this afternoon.

First I got to leave work early. Then I arrived home to find my new button machine (Model 225) had arrived!

First things first. My daughter and I unpacked it all, and then we cleared off the dining room table and started making buttons. My first order was already placed and paid for a week earlier, now I could actually fill that order.

With me running the circle cutter, and my 16 yr. old daughter making the buttons, we had the complete order of 200 buttons made, and stickered in under two hours.

It was simply amazing!

We were almost arguing over whose turn it was to make buttons. So, after the initial few buttons we started timing ourselves, and Dr.Don, I can make 5 buttons in one minute! My daughter did 3 in one minute.

This is such an improvement over that old Badge-A-Minit puny hand press, I now don't know what I'm going to do with all those buttons I made with it. The quality of those Badge-A-Minit buttons doesn't even come close to the ones I just made with your machine. There is no way I'd let those Badge-A-Minit buttons out of this house with my logo on them!

And out of those 200 made, I only lost two, yes two, to mess ups. And they were totally my fault. I did not put the parts in correctly, and of course that won't work. ( I had the pin back part in wrong side up.)

This is a great deal less than I lose with the "other" buttons.

Please feel free to use any part of this letter as a testimonial on your site, if you choose.

M J Manning

Hi Dr. Don,

I just wanted to share with you how much I love your button maker (Model 225).

We had purchased a button maker the year before. It took four adults to figure out how to use it, and sometimes as long as 30 minutes to make a button!

I saw your web site when I was browsing. Your button maker looked so easy, and you said I could return it if it wasn't as easy as it looked.

Well we just made over 300 buttons... I showed my 4th grade son how to cut out the circles and make the buttons. Within 5 minutes, he was better than I was...

Thanks for having a button maker that even my 4th grader can use and make great looking buttons.

Renee Ramig
Technology Resource Specialist

For more customer testimonials, click here

Try the Model 225 for 30 days without risk or obligation
With our 30-day No Risk, Money-back Guarantee, you can try the Model 225 for a full 30-days without risk or obligation. Then, if for any reason you aren't completely satisfied, you can return it for a full and immediate refund (less shipping).

If you purchase a button machine from Badge-A-Minit machine and then decide to return it, they will charge you a 10% restocking fee.

At Dr. Don's Buttons, we don't charge a restocking fee... and we don't need to, because customers who try our button machines seldom ever return them!

Hopefully, this will lead you to wonder... if Badge-A-Minit's button machines are so good, why do they charge a restocking fee when we don't?

Model 225 Kit

The Model 225 Starter Kit
  • Model 225 button press

  • AC-1 circle cutter

  • 250 pin-back button sets

  • Free Design coupon you can use to have our art department create a design for you.
    (up to 1/2 hour design time)

  • Premium Button Design CD - FREE

  • Gradient Designs Disc 1 CD - FREE

  • Gradient Designs Disc 2 CD - FREE

  • 90 Days of Unlimited Access to the full version of the Online Button Design Studio

  • Stickers for the back of your buttons - FREE
    Just ask and we will be happy to provide you personalized stickers for the back of your buttons (just let us know what you want them to say. Your stickers can have up to 20 characters per line, 4 lines max)

  • 30 Day NO Risk Money Back Guarantee

  • Limited Lifetime Guarantee

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button-making supplies for the Model 225

Added Bonus
Customers purchasing pin-back button sets in a quantity of 250 or more, can now receive either of the following as your added bonus:

* Button Design CD (valued at $39.95)

* 30 days of unlimited access to the Online Button Design Studio

Simply select the bonus you prefer in the Added Bonus drop down box on our 2-1/4" or 3" online order page or let our customer service representative know which bonus you prefer, if ordering by phone.

Think all button machines are the same?

Badge A Minit handpress
Badge-A-Minit Handpress

with plastic assembly rings

Model 225 button machine

Model 225 Button Press
with built-in solid-steel dies

If you would like to see how Badge-A-Minit's button machines stack up against our Model 225, click here.

There, you can then
learn important things about Badge-A-Minit's button machines... things THEY won't tell you about until after you've purchased one of their machines.

Then click here to learn what our customers, many of whom previously owned Badge-A-Minit machines, have to say about our button machines.


Create Button-making Templates
Learn how to create a template for making 2-1/4" buttons with the Model 225, click

Learn How to Make Photo Buttons
The easiest way I know to make money-making buttons is by making photo buttons. To learn how profitable making photo buttons can be, click

Other Great Money-making Button Ideas
And for other money-making ideas, click

Button Machine Instructions
For instructions how to use the Model 225 SX button machine and our AC-1 circle cutter, click here.

benjamin singel
Be Inspired by Benjamin Singel
To see photos and learn what Benjamin Singel has been able to do with his button-making business in the seven years since he first purchased his button machine, click here.

satisfaction guaranteed
At Dr. Don's Buttons we offer a 30-day
on our button machines and
button-making supplies

a Model 225 button machine
or button-making supplies for the Model 225

We Gladly Accept Purchase Orders
from Schools, Hospitals, and Government Agencies

If you have questions, or would rather
place your order by phone,
just give us a call at

(800) 243-8293
or (623) 869-8233
Our address is:
Dr. Don's Buttons
3906 W. Morrow Drive
Glendale, Arizona 85308

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