Build your own Disney theme park-style buttons

by Shannon Albert 33 comments Like the Facebook page

DIY Disney theme park buttonsWhen you go to a Disney theme park, you can get a few buttons for free from the resorts and guest services.

There are options for people on their 1st visit, celebrating a birthday, just married, etc.

But what if you're celebrating something else?

I've got templates in Microsoft Word, Photoshop and Gimp to help you build your own.

Let's take a look...

Available at the theme parks:

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And now you can use the ones that I've designed to build your own.

Here are the components of each design. You'll use each piece to build your own button. I've provided some images of each of these elements and you can also make your own.

Piece #1 - the background circle

The background of the button is a texture or pattern that shows behind the "window" at the top of each button. Here are the ones I've included:

bluecircle castlecircle confetticircle movementlinescircle

pinstripescircle redwhitestripecircle sunrayscircle turquoisecircle watercircle

Piece #2 - the outer ring

Now let's layer a ring on top of our circle to form the outer boundary of the button.

blackring darkredring greenring multicoloredring

orangering purplering royalbluering starsring

turquoisering yellowring

Piece #3 - the character, symbol or sign

This is the layer that appears at the top of the button. Most of my examples are characters but it could be whatever you want. Insert this layer and have it overlap the outer ring a bit to give a bit of a 3D effect.

arielflounder graduatemickey graduationcap groupofcharacters

mickeyrunner mickeysalute relaxedmickey starofdavid

thumbsup wdwsign

Piece #4 - the bottom button section

Now it's time to lay the bottom button on top of the other layers (it'll often overlap the character or symbol as well).

blackbuttonbottom greenbuttonbottom greybuttonbottom lightbluebuttonbottom

orangebuttonbottom purplebuttonbottom redbuttonbottom royalbluebuttonbottom

turquoisebuttonbottom yellowbuttonbottom

Piece #5 - add some text

The last piece is the text layer which says what you're celebrating.

The final product

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Programs to use

Now that you know the pieces that go into each button, I've provided files in 3 formats - Microsoft Word, Gimp and Photoshop.

Microsoft Word
This version has the Word document with all of the buttons already created for a 2 1/2 inch button. You may have to adjust according to whatever button size you're using.

Included in this zip file: Word document, Mouser font (install before opening the Word document), folder of circle images, folder of outer rings and a folder of the bottom button sections.

Photoshop
This version has the Photoshop file which contains all of the elements in layers, plus the Mouser font which you should install.

Gimp
This has the Gimp file and Mouser font. Be sure to install the font before using the file. (Note: the text doesn't work along a path in this document because I couldn't get it to work for some reason. If you can figure it out, let me know and I'll update this file with the text working along a path.)

The buttons

You can pick up button kits at craft stores like Michael's and online on Amazon.com. I've seen them in 2.25 inch, 2.5 inch and 2.75 inch sizes.

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