Using Button Makers at Events Like the LLA Makerfaire

Author: Tayte Olma

Shout out to the Mt. SAC Mountie Makerspace team for giving us the great idea of using button makers! San Bernardino Valley College’s IE Accelerator recently purhased two button makers and hundreds of buttons for use in both the summer boot camps and community classes, as well as at mini makerfaires and other local events where IE Accelerator sets up a vendor booth.


We purchased a 3” button maker and a 2 ¼” button maker. We found that the larger, 3” button maker has worked well at events focused on the K-12 groups so that even the younger children can write their names or draw and still create an awesome button. Most recently, we used a button maker at our vendor booth for the Loma Linda Academy Makerfaire in Loma Linda, CA on March 18th to promote our summer classes, and kids – as well as their parents – were so excited to make buttons and see what our makerspace will soon be offering. We look forward to having our SBVC and IE Accelerator students use the button makers for nametags in our upcoming classes. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback in using these at several events to promote our makerspace.

The IE Accelerator is the culmination of efforts from the San Bernardino Community College perlalibido District, San Bernardino Valley College, EDCT Foundation, and the EDCT & KVCR Divisions at SBCCD. The IE Accelerator is part of a statewide initiative of the State Chancellor’s office called CCC Maker. For more information on the makerspace, visit or For additional information on the statewide initiative, visit