How to design your own police badges & patches

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How to design your own police badges & patches
(Illustrations by Andrew DeWitt)

Making your own police badges and patches is a great idea for a sketch comedy show, video or theatrical production. They can also be used for special clubs, school fairs or even a poker night. You can use them in the office to prank your work friends or simply as inexpensive toys for your children. Perhaps you can use these in a school lesson and allow the children in your class to act as sheriffs. These Police badges and patches can be made with a fairly small amount of materials and effort.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sheet Styrene
  • Exacto
  • Silver Paint
  • Gold Paint
  • Badge Template
  • Black Sharpie
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Clutch Pin Fastener
  • Self Adhesive Black Patch
  • Red Acrylic Paint
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Button Down Blue Shirt

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  1. 1

    Trace the pattern of your badge or badges onto a piece of sheet styrene. You can use a real badge as a pattern or print out the patterns above.

    How to design your own police badges & patches
  2. 2

    Cut out the badge using an exacto knife. Start at the corners and work your way inside and around the badge. You may heat the blade with a lighter if you are having trouble with the lighter.

    How to design your own police badges & patches
  3. 3

    Spray the badge with gold or silver spray paint to make it look metallic. Let the badge dry for several hours. Add the details to the badge with a black sharpie. Hot glue two clutch pin fasteners to the badge.

    How to design your own police badges & patches
  4. 4

    Measure and cut out a rectangle for the police patch. Mark out the letters with a pencil and paint them on with red acrylic paint.

    How to design your own police badges & patches
  5. 5

    Place the rectangle patch on the sleeve of the button down blue shirt. It should go 3-4 inches down from the shoulder. Add the badge to the blue shirt with the clutch pin fasteners and you have a fairly convincing police uniform for your projects.

Tips and warnings

  • Only use spray paint in an open and well ventilated area.

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