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Save-the-date magnets have become quite a trend over the last several years— step into the apartment of any early 30-something and you’re sure to find 4 or 5 posted on the fridge. Check out these save-the-date magnets created by Busy Beaver:
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custom magnetsThat’s right— Busy Beaver Button Co. makes magnets. We can customize any of our button sizes into magnets. So if you’re looking to do a traditional 2-inch square magnet like the examples above, or a more creative 1.75-inch oval in glow-in-the-dark, Busy Beaver can help you out. Just email orders@busybeaver.net for pricing and we’ll help get your project started!

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Excited about creating a modern family photo display with buttons? Here are a few tips for easy installation of your mural:

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1. Commission Anders Nilsen— he’ll do all the dirty work! Nilsen is the Michelangelo of button murals and knows all the secrets to perfecting your family photo button display. His previous installations include a 10,000 piece mural so he’ll definitely be able to tackle your family tree! You can contact Anders Nilsen at ndrs@hotmail.com; prices depend on the size and scope of your button mural project.

2. Nail ’em! Expert Anders Nilsen creates his murals by adhering buttons to nail heads that have been placed strategically on a wall. We can’t give away Nilsen’s secrets to making them stick, but we can tell you it’s not chewing gum.

3. Use Magnets! Magnets are a great solution for apartment dwellers who have limited space. Just pop your family photos on the fridge and be reminded of crazy Uncle Carl every time you grab a cold one.

4. Pin on Cork board. Production manager, Joel Carter, displays his button collection on a cork tiled wall in his kitchen. Whether you stick your family photo buttons in a cork wall or on a simple bulletin board, cork is a great semi-permanent solution for your family photo button mural.

5. Frame ’em! For smaller quantities, like a mural of just your immediate family, buttons can be adhered with poster tack within a shadow box frame. If you’re feeling extra creative, make a heart-shaped display.

Looking to start your own family button mural? Place your custom button order now at busybeaver.net.

This cute post about kid-friendly street art has been making the rounds on the blogosphere this week.
Inspired by a viewing of “Exit Through the Gift Shopthis crafty family went to work creating street art that wouldn’t damage their neighborhood. Think Banksy minus the threat of being arrested for vandalism. The kids painted silly faces on rocks then placed their creations in unexpected spots around town while Dad recorded with his camera.

This got us thinking— what other materials could kids use for street art projects besides painted rocks? Check out the Busy Beaver list of 5 Kid-Friendly Street Art Materials:

1. Magnets: Twipple founder Floyd Hayes uses magnetized buttons as his own form of removable graffiti. Hayes says magnets are “less ‘aggressive’ than paint, pens or stickers. They just lift off – how can anyone get cross at that?” Kiddos can customize their own magnets and place them on swing sets, bike racks, even Mom or Dad’s car.

2. Pipe Cleaners: A play on yarn bombing, craft store pipe cleaners can be used to wrap around telephone polls, parking meters, and more. Or get super creative and create an army of pipe cleaner animals to perch around town.

3. Buttons: A friendly form of tagging, kids can custom create their own buttons and pin them to community bulletin boards and friends’ backpacks.

4. Googly Eyes: This idea is a tad more permanent, but with double stick tape and a bag of googly eyes your kiddos can turn everyday objects into unexpected goofy faces.

5. Chalk: Most kids already own a bucket of sidewalk chalk. Encourage them to go beyond drawing hopscotch squares and create mini masterpieces for the neighborhood.

Looking to make custom buttons or magnets? Shop now at busybeaver.net.

Twipple Magnets used as "Removable Grafitti"

Twipple Magnets used as "Removable Grafitti"

When Floyd Hayes sold “voicevertising” to Hall’s Fruit Breezers, he made quite a splash in the marketing world.  These days Floyd causes a stir on Twitter through encouraging random acts of kindness, called Twipple.  The Twipple logo reflects the Butterfly Effect, founded by Edward Lorenz:

The idea was that if a butterfly chances to flap his wings in Beijing in March, then, by August, hurricane patterns in the Atlantic will be completely different.

Is it possible to achieve this phenomenon with kind acts?  Twipplers encourage each other to plant seeds, compliment a stranger on their jeans “without sounding creepy,” and give gifts as a way to improve society at large.  Floyd chooses Busy Beaver Button Co. to make his custom Twipple magnets and buttons:

They’re fun to put around too. Less “aggressive” than paint, pens or stickers. They just lift off – how can anyone get cross at that?

Floyd leaves them at New York bars, distributes them to Twipplers, and sticks the them unsuspecting light poles (see photo).  Have you Twippled lately?

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