Team Pins

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2019

#1

Hey Guys! M. T. here. I have been collecting team pins for the last 4 years, two district competitions a year, one year of states, one year of words, and buttons from a FLL world competition. I counted last year with a total of about 480 buttons. I was wondering if there were any other avid button collectors out there. Button Counts? Any rare buttons? Any awesome ways to store you buttons?

I have three hats covered in pins, and a huge tote bag full of pins as well.


#2

I know I’ve seen someone with an entire lab coat or something that was almost entirely covered in team buttons. Try and find them lol


#3

There was a guy at the state competition I went to with a trench coat of buttons that weighed 12 lbs or more


#4

My son created a cape out of 7 years of button collection. It weighed over 20 pounds. Make sure you use a strong fabric and consider hot gluing the pins closed because they get bumped off pretty easily in the stands.


#5

Wow! That’s pretty awesome, what kind of fabric? How much fabric did he use?


#6

I almost covered a stovepipe hat in buttons, it’s heavy. I can’t wear it anymore because of the sheer weight on my head, along with various pokey thingies. 40+ buttons after 2 regionals.


#7

One of our past students put all the buttons she collected each year on a framed canvas and hung them on her wall.


#8

I did this and if you can see in the background there are metal detectors, all of the security guards stopped to take a picture of me and agreed to just give me a pat down because of course there was metal on me


#9

I tried to do this, but it stretched out my shirt so I put them on my bag


#10

I was thinking of doing something like that


#11

He used denim, but I think canvas would work possible better. It’s not as heavy and it’s pretty robust. He also made a sash for alliance partners and famous teams.


#12

I’ve been collecting since about 2009, I have no idea how many buttons are on my wall, but this is my current collection without any duplicates (same team OK, duplicated designs removed). It is also arranged into a rainbow gradient on a sheet of ~ 5.5ft x 3.5ft sheet of canvas fabric. Yes I need to update it every year, it takes forever, but I love it.


#13

We were thinking about doing something other than buttons. Anybody veered from the straight-and-narrow on that and do something different?

We have one student who’s really good with a tattoo gun (he did the “Mothor” on my arm), but that would just take too long.


#14

There was a team who passed out really tiny airplanes, and I’ve seen a bunch of team hand out 3D key chains. Another one is those rubber bracelets


#15

If your team was the one that put the same black blanket on the side of their pit in Detroit last year, I was the one that put the two pirate robotics 6032 buttons on your blanket if not, good for you for having them buddy!


#16

out of curiosity did the lab coat look like this?


#17

Nope, it was a tan trench coat. But that jacket is pretty sweet!


#18

My Jacket weighs about 25lbs and my collection weighs about 45lbs I have big plans for the collection and my team has nicknamed it “the suit of armor”.


#19

That sounds great! I would definately like to do something like that with my pins, I just need to find a jacket to do it with.


#20

I cant even find my own team’s buttons but I know you have it based on the other buttons
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