How to Design Your Own Birthday Badge

It's your birthday and only you know how to celebrate it. One of the best things about having a birthday is throwing a party. It's your day and you will decide on the theme, the invitations, the cake and the decorations. As you reach special milestone birthdays, you want everyone to know how far you've come. Designing your own birthday badge is an ideal creative project to celebrate your birthday. Start by planning your theme and decide whether only you will wear the badge or you will give it out as a party favour.

Sketch out ideas for your birthday badge on scrap paper with a pencil. The badge should match the theme of your party. For example, if it is your sweet 16, think of images and words that express that theme. Consider placing your new age on the badge and possibly your name.

Scan the image into your computer. Using graphic design software such as Illustrator or Fatpaint, upload the images (see Resources).

Add text or new images, or change the overall design of your birthday badge. Print out a test copy once you think you are done. If it needs more work, go back to the software and make your changes.

Copy the finished design multiple times onto one image so you will have badges for all your friends. Just copy and paste on your graphic design software. Be sure to leave room at the top of the badges so you can attach safety pins to it. Save the image and print it out.

Laminate the master copy of all your badges. You can have it laminated at most copy stores. Cut out the badges at the copy store using their commercial paper cutter. This will give you straight edges.

Punch two holes at the top of your badge and thread the safety pin through the holes.


If you want the round type of badge with a pin in the back, you can purchase a badge-making kit. If you are making only one badge, print out only one copy of the image. Laminate it and wear it at your party. You can also create a hanging badge punching out one hole. Attach a chain or a cord to wear.


Adult supervision is needed for young children with this craft.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Scanner
  • Computer
  • Graphic design software
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Hole puncher
  • Box large safety pins
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About the Author

Charong Chow has been writing professionally since 1995. Her work has appeared in magazines such as "Zing" and "Ocean Drive." Chow graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.