How to Design Your Own Pin Badges

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How to Design Your Own Pin Badges
Homemade badges are the perfect way to let kids know they deserve special recognition. (Mike Powell/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Homemade pin badges can be made to celebrate any type of accomplishment or special day. Create your own pin badges for children's birthday party favours or other activities when you want to let someone know that they deserve special recognition. Pin badges can be used to enhance Halloween costumes, congratulate someone on a job well done or let everyone know who the special birthday boy or girl is. With a few simple steps and materials you probably have around the home, pin badges can be created and personalised for any occasion.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Drinking glass or circular object for tracing
  • Scissors
  • Coloured Paper
  • Markers, paints, stickers, ribbon or glitter for decorating
  • Hot glue gun
  • Large safety pin

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  1. 1

    Trace the drinking glass or other round object onto the cardboard. Cut out the cardboard circle. The cardboard circle will serve as the base of your pin badge.

  2. 2

    Trace your cardboard circle onto the coloured paper of your choice. Cut out the circle of coloured paper and glue it onto one side of the cardboard circle. The coloured paper will serve as the background for your pin badge.

  3. 3

    Use markers, paints, stickers, ribbon or glitter to decorate the front side of your pin badge. Pin badges are made to bring recognition to the wearer, so the more noticeable and flashy your design is, the better. Pin badges can be personalised by adding children's names, ages or some words describing what they are being recognised for to the front of the pin badge.

  4. 4

    Allow the front of your pin badge to dry completely. Flip the pin badge over and, using a hot glue gun, glue the non-movable side of a large safety pin to the centre of the circle. Ensure that the second, movable side, of the pin isn't glued down, allowing for the pin to be easily opened and closed. Allow the hot glue to dry and award your homemade pin badge to a deserving individual.

Tips and warnings

  • Pin badges don't have to be circular; experiment with different-shaped badges such as stars or animal shapes. For a group children's activity, have kids each make a badge or two to contribute to your badge collection. Award the badges to children throughout the day or week for good behaviour.

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