How to make a sheriff badge

Updated November 21, 2016

No cowboy fancy dress costume or wild west theme party is complete without a sheriff's badge. These little gold or bronze stars add the final touch to a faux leather fest or embroidered check shirt. Children especially enjoy making these badges and decorating them with their names. Make them as part of a rainy afternoon costume-making party and use them outdoors when the sun comes back out.

Draw a traditional five-pointed star on a piece of cardboard, keeping the lines as even and straight as you can. Or, opt to draw a six-pointed star by drawing an upright equilateral triangle and a second, upside-down triangle overlapping the first.

Cut out your star with scissors. Paint the whole form gold or bronze, front and back. Let the glue dry for an hour.

Decorate your star by gluing gold sequins around the edges to mimic gold metalwork. Write your name very neatly in the centre of the star with a permanent marker. Title yourself "Sheriff" or "Deputy" as you prefer.

Glue or tape a safety pin to the reverse of your star. Let the glue dry overnight. Your badge is ready to wear.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Gold paint
  • Gold sequins
  • Permanent marker pens
  • Glue
  • Safety pins
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