How to Make Paper Badges

Updated February 21, 2017

Paper badges are great to use with small children at home or in school. You can use these paper badges as rewards or also as teaching tools, especially when talking about community leaders such as police officers and firemen. Make the same basic template for the paper badges and then customise them to whatever you want. Adults can make these themselves or have the children help make their own badges. Get creative with your paper-badge making and your kids will be proud to wear them.

Lay the cardboard on a flat surface. Set the drinking glass on top of the cardboard and trace around the edge of the glass to make a perfect circle. Trace around the glass as many times as you can fit on the cardboard.

Cut out the discs. Cut out two discs for each badge.

Repeat the tracing and cutting process for the cardstock, but you only need one piece of cardstock for each badge. Use colourful cardstock if possible.

Glue one piece of cardstock to one of the pieces of cardboard to make the front of the paper badge. Allow the glue to dry if you are using wet glue, but you can continue immediately if you are using a glue stick.

Write on the front of the badge. Write things such as “Police Officer,” Fire Chief,” “Good Job,” “Classroom Helper” or whatever else you want.

Decorate the front of the badge using the stickers if desired.

Punch two holes, using the hole punch, in the middle of another cardboard disc about an inch apart. Insert a safety pin so that it goes in one hole and comes out the other. Make sure to poke the head of the pin through the hole so you can pin the badge on the wearer.

Cut two, 6-inch lengths of the ribbon. Join these at one end between your thumb and first finger so they form a “V.” Glue these to the cardboard disc with the punched holes.

Put a dollop of glue on top of the ribbon. Place the front of the badge on top of the ribbon and press firmly to help the glue adhere. Allow the glue to dry.


If the scissors do not seem to work well cutting out the cardboard discs, you can use a utility knife. Just make sure you put a cutting board underneath to protect your work surface. Use both the stick glue and regular school glue to make the badges. The stick glue works well to hold the cardstock to the cardboard without wrinkling it. To glue the cardboard to cardboard you need the stronger glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty cardboard
  • Drinking glass
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • 1-inch wide ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Safety pins
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