How to make badges for kids

Updated February 21, 2017

The next time you’re in charge of a kids’ party, classroom event, Scout trip or other outing, keep track of your charges with colourful name badges. The badges also help kids meet and greet each other. The identification tags won’t cost much-many badge supplies can be found in your home. The badges make for a unique keepsake after the day’s events.

Lay pin-back buttons face up on paper towels. Cover them with orange paint. Let dry.

Glue cereal loops around the outside edges of the buttons, creating patterns or adding layers. Leave room in the middle of the button so the orange paint shows through. Let dry.

Write each child’s name in the middle of a button with a permanent marker. Use calligraphy, balloon letters or a kid’s handwriting style of lettering.

Take the buttons outside and lay them on newspaper on the grass. Spray them with polyurethane to protect the cereal from crumbling. Let dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Round pin-back buttons
  • Neon orange paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Box of colourful loops cereal
  • White school glue
  • Polyurethane
  • Thick permanent marker
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Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.