Skull Buttons: A Guide on How to Design and Make Your Very Own

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Skulls and buttons can really go well together. Check out this guide on how to design and create your very own skull buttons.


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Autumn means pumpkins, leaves, and everything apple. Depending on your view of the holidays, it also means Halloween season and creepy movies, books, and decorations. While some skip right to Thanksgiving, others prefer to break out all the skulls and celebrate in style.

If you’re feeling extra festive, you may even want to tell the world about it. Custom skull buttons can give you the flair you want without going over the top. Plus, you can design them exactly the way you want. Here’s a step-by-step guide for designing your button.

Why Skull Buttons?
Visually, the skull is more dramatic than an entire skeleton. It’s creepier, with less of a scientific feel. Skulls have shown up in artwork for centuries, representing death, along with religious art, and even groups like motorcyclists hailing the skull as their ultimate symbol.
With Halloween right around the corner, you’re looking for a way to show your scary spirit and let loose your inner ghoul. But even if you’re not, custom buttons can be anything you want when you design them yourself. Custom skull buttons or custom buttons for any holiday can work when you use these instructions.

Choose An Image
First, you have to figure out what you want your skull button to look like. Are you going for more of a cartoon feel, or something realistic and disgusting? Pinterest can have a lot of inspiring ideas, so check out other projects to find the right vibe.
Make sure you have the rights to use whatever image you choose. Unsplash can be a great resource for open content, as well as your own photos. Or if you know someone who is good with a pen or pencil, ask them to draw you some images.

Find a Website
There are many places out there that help you order custom buttons. Find a website that has great customer service in case you get stuck. You’ll also want to find a site that has a custom button template you can use to make sure that your image will fit on the button.
Choose the size you want, and the appropriate template to go with it. Then you’re ready to get started.

Design the Button
Follow the instructions on the template to put together your button. You’ll need to use a program like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator to get the job done, and there are lots of YouTube tutorials you can find to help you if you’ve never used the software. Many libraries have the software available for free if you don’t want to buy it.

Place the Order
The last step is to place the order. Whether you’re just getting a few skull buttons or a whole pile, make sure you order in time for your special occasion or Halloween event. These also make great party favors for a birthday party or shower.

Loud and Proud
Designing your own skull buttons doesn’t have to be the end of your festive Halloween celebrations. Make sure you pick out an epic costume and plan out the treats you’ll give to trick-or-treaters. Get ready for a great October!

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