How to Make Your Own Merit Badges

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How to Make Your Own Merit Badges
Merit badges are an appreciative way to celebrate the accomplishments and personal qualities of others. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Everyone enjoys recognition for doing something well and a homemade merit badge is the perfect way to spread the message. Make your own merit badges and let your family, friends, or kids know that they deserve an award for their personal qualities and actions. Merit badges are an excellent classroom activity art project for promoting good behaviour and acknowledging good deeds. You can make merit badges to honour participants at any occasion such as a science fair, spelling bee or company picnic.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard or thick paper
  • Drinking glass
  • Scissors
  • Coloured Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Markers or stickers for decorating the badge
  • Safety pin
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

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  1. 1

    Place the drinking glass upside down on the cardboard or thick paper. Trace the edge of the rim of the glass creating a circle on the cardboard. Reposition the glass and trace the edge again. You will need two separate circles for each merit badge. Cut out both circles from the cardboard.

  2. 2

    Place the drinking glass upside down on the coloured paper. Trace the edge of the rim of the glass creating a circle on the coloured paper. Cut out the circle from the coloured paper.

  3. 3

    Use the glue stick to adhere the coloured paper circle onto one of the cardboard circles. The coloured paper circle is the front of your merit badge.

  4. 4

    Decorate the coloured circle with markers and stickers. Clearly indicate what the badge receiver is being celebrated for by writing a few words on the badge such as "best friend," "top worker," "first place," etc.

  5. 5

    Use a hot glue gun to adhere a safety pin onto the centre of the second cardboard circle. Take care to glue only one side of the pin to the cardboard so the pin opens and closes easily.

  6. 6

    Cut two six-inch pieces of ribbon. From one corner of the end of the ribbon, cut up and at a 45-degree angle, trimming off a small triangle of ribbon and creating a pointed end. Repeat on the second piece of ribbon.

  7. 7

    Place the cardboard circle with the safety pin on your workspace with the safety pin side facing down. Situate the two ribbons on the other side of the cardboard circle in an upside down "V" shape. The ribbons should overlap at the ends on the cardboard circle and the trimmed, pointed ends should point away from each other as they stick out past the circle. Glue the ribbons in place with the hot glue gun.

  8. 8

    Glue your first cardboard circle with the coloured paper on top of the second cardboard circle sandwiching the ribbons between the two layers. Award your merit badge to a deserving family member, friend or co-worker.

Tips and warnings

  • Merit badges are meant to be noticed. Use flashy materials such as glitter or reflective papers to ensure your honoured receiver gets the attention they deserve.

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