Dollars to buttons

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Dollars to buttons

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SanFran maker DocPop put his dollar to work as decoration –

Several of the tables at this year’s Zinefest were offering “make your own buttons” services. The basic idea was that for one dollar, you could draw a little image and have it made into a little 1″ button. I did three water colored buttons before I remembered an old idea I’ve had about cutting up a dollar bill and turning it into buttons. The result worked out even better than I imagined, especially the pyramid and eagle sections which must have been designed with this idea in mind because they seem to fit so perfectly.

stretching the value of a dollar 1 inch at a time

10 thoughts on “Dollars to buttons

  1. shhh says:

    sorry guys, but:

    “Whoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”

    you could argue that your intent isn’t to render the bill unfit for reissue, and no one has actually been nailed on this since 1937, but still it’s technically not legal.

  2. BigD145 says:

    After doing this you can go to any bank and they will issue you a new note as long as 51% of the bill is still whole.

  3. Lora says:

    Actually…you have to have to be able to have the sets of numbers visible on the front, not just 51% of the bill.

  4. Scott Blake says:

    I’ve been making Money Buttons for years!

    Nothing says baller like money buttons. Skip picking out the band or the slogan that suits your mood and get straight to the point. Made from real dollar bills, these buttons measure one inch in diameter and are equipped with durable steel backings and brass pin attachments. Sold in a set of four that comes in a clear protective envelope, signed and dated by the me.

  5. Scott Blake says:

    Great minds think alike.

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