Activity on How to Make a Name Badge

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Activity on How to Make a Name Badge
Make name badges with polymer clay and simple craft supplies. (children pictures image by Vladimir Kirienko from

If you're looking for a creative and original name badge that isn't difficult to make, craft an attractive badge from polymer clay. Polymer clay is a versatile craft material that is fun to work with, inexpensive, and doesn't require a kiln. The clay won't dry until it's baked in your oven, giving you plenty of time to finish your name badge. Polymer clay is safe, but young children should be supervised.

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Things you need

  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin or cylindrical object
  • Cookie cutter, drinking glass or biscuit cutter
  • Toothpicks
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Craft paint
  • Paper towels
  • Polyurethane glaze
  • Instant dry glue
  • 1 1/4 inch pin back

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  1. 1

    Break off a piece of polymer clay approximately the size of a large marble. The size of the clay will depend on the desired size of the name badge. Use a rolling pin, a can of spray paint or any cylindrical object to roll the clay into an even piece about 1/8th inch thick.

  2. 2

    Use a cookie cutter to cut the clay into the desired shape. Choose a star, heart, or any shape you wish. Make a perfect circle with a drinking glass or a biscuit cutter. Write your name on the name tag with a toothpick.

  3. 3

    Cover a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper, then lay the name tag on the baking tray. Bake the polymer clay name tags according to the directions on the package. Remove the name tags from the oven and allow them to dry.

  4. 4

    Wipe the cooled name badge with a small amount of craft paint. Wipe away the excess paint with a clean paper towel so the letters will stand out. Allow the paint to dry. Apply a thin coat of polyurethane glaze to protect the name tag and make it shiny, or leave the badge "as is."

  5. 5

    Glue a 1 1/4 inch pin back to the back side of the name badge, using an instant-dry glue.

Tips and warnings

  • Make the name badge into a badge that can be worn around the neck, if desired. Simply cut a hole near the top of the name tag, using the tip of a craft knife. Bake the name badge as directed.

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