How to Make Metal Badges

Updated February 21, 2017

When most people think of metal badges, iconic images such as the silver star-shaped sheriff's badge come to mind. However, there's no reason why you can't take a creative spin on these distinctive pieces of jewellery. You can create metal badges that look like pieces of high fashion rather than utilitarian parts of a greater uniform. Creating your own metal badges allows you to tailor their look and style so that they go well with any outfit in your closet.

Spray paint each metal plate the colour of your choice. As the spray paint is drying, cut out tiny images or words from magazines and trim them properly.

Distress the words and images that you cut out, crumbling them up or tearing them. This will give them am edgy, artsy appearance.

Apply a light layer of glue to the back of each word or image and apply one to each small metal plate. You can layer pictures and images if you want. Allow them to dry overnight.

Dip your fine-tipped brush in acrylic paint and outline some of your words and images on each metal plate with a layer of paint. Don't cover them completely: you can splash a little paint on them, or surround the words and images with a frame of painted colour.

As they're drying, sprinkle a light layer of glitter on top of them. Allow them to dry overnight.

Coat the metal plates with a light coat of polyurethane. Allow them to dry overnight.

Apply a thin layer of hot glue from a hot glue gun to the back of each pin back and press it against the back of each small metal plate. Allow them to dry overnight.


You don't have to distress your trimmed words and images if you don't want to.

Things You'll Need

  • Small flat metal plates, different shapes
  • Spray paint
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Fine-tipped paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Polyurethane
  • 1-inch wide nylon brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Flat pin backs
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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."