How to make a sheriff badge

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How to make a sheriff badge
Create a sheriff badge for a cowboy fancy dress costume. (Roel Smart/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

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