How to Make a Blue Ribbon Badge

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How to Make a Blue Ribbon Badge
Classic blue ribbons can ensure that everyone knows about a great accomplishment. (Apple Tree House/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Nothing signifies a job well done better than a classic blue ribbon badge. Make your own blue ribbon badges to celebrate the accomplishments of kids, friends or coworkers. Everyone likes to be recognised for their achievements and homemade blue ribbon badges are a meaningful way to honour someone without having to break the bank. Homemade blue ribbon badges can easily be personalised allowing for everyone to know what the badge wearerhas done -- for be it a birthday, promotion or coming in first place in a competition.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Circle for tracing, such as a soda can or drinking glass
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Blue coloured paper
  • Glue
  • Markers or paint
  • Glitter, optional
  • Blue ribbon, approximately 1-inch wide
  • Large safety pin
  • Tape, optional

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  1. 1

    Place your circle for tracing, such as a soda can or drinking glass, down on your cardboard. Trace around the object, drawing a circle on the cardboard. Cut out the circle from the cardboard.

  2. 2

    Trace and cut out two more circles of the same size from the blue construction paper. Glue one blue circle onto either side of the cardboard circle.

  3. 3

    Decorate one of the blue circles with markers and paints. Indicate what the badge wearer has done to deserve the blue ribbon, such as "First Place" or "Top Team Player," so everyone knows what they are being celebrated for. Add glitter if desired to make your blue ribbon badge more eye-catching.

  4. 4

    Cut two pieces of blue ribbon approximately 6 inches in length. Make a V-shaped cut in one end of each ribbon. Place the other ends of the ribbons on the non-decorated side of the blue cardboard circle. Arrange the ribbons in an upside down "V" shape so the ribbons come together on the back of the blue circle and stick out away from each other at the bottom of the badge. Secure the ribbons in place with glue or tape.

  5. 5

    Place the large safety pin on the back of the blue cardboard circle above, or on top of, the place where the blue ribbons are attached. Secure the side of the safety pin that isn't required to move to open and close the pin onto the back of the blue ribbon badge with glue or tape. Ensure that the safety pin can easily be opened and closed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have a large safety pin you can create necklace-styled blue ribbon badges. Use your blue ribbon to create a large loop and secure it onto the back of the blue ribbon badge. Drape the loop around the neck of the blue ribbon achiever.

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