How to Make Your Own Name Badges for Free

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How to Make Your Own Name Badges for Free
Badges take away the pressure of remembering names so people can get to know each other. (Meeting image by Mykola Velychko from

Almost everyone knows what it's like to meet somebody one second and then forget his or her name the next. At business events or parties, it's difficult to keep track of names when you encounter so many people at once. If you're in charge of an upcoming social gathering, you might be considering making name badges for your guests. By gathering a few household items and applying creative energy, you can make name badges for free.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Scraps of paper
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Tape (double-sided if available)
  • Safety pins

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    Cut out scraps of paper. Before you begin, remember that your name badges don't have to all look the same. In fact, if the purpose of them is so that people get to know each other, they're probably more likely to remember individuals according to their unique styles. So for this step, don't think that you just have to find pieces of white paper. Use scraps of construction paper and the backs of old takeout menus. Cut out different shapes and sizes. If they are for a theme party, cut out appropriate shapes. For example, make Christmas tree outlines for a holiday party. Some web sites also provide free printable stickers that can be used as name badges.

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    Decorate the badges. If you've cut out random shapes and sizes, use pens and markers to draw borders around the edges. Adorn them with smiley faces, jagged lines and squiggles. If you've cut out ghost shapes for a Halloween get together, draw eyes and noses on the faces. Make sure to leave enough room for the guest's name. Write each name in a different way. Try block letters, lower case, cursive and calligraphy styles. If you have too many guests to do this on your own, ask each guest to write his name in a style that best represents him.

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    Attach the badges. Traditional badges have clips that can be hooked onto clothing or belts. To make your badges for free, you just have to get creative with how you stick the badges onto your guests. Locate rolls of tape that you have around the house. Double-sided will probably work best. Use the tape to stick the badges onto shirts and coats. You can also use safety pins and attach the badges to collars, belts and sleeves.

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