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How to Make a Badge for Kids

How to Make a Badge for Kids

 This tutorial will work for just about any badge. Birthday’s, Dress-up, Super Hero Logos, Halloween costumes, or any other reason you have to make a badge. They are very EASY, quick, and inexpensive. They stick on really well and also peel right off so you can wash the outfit when needed.

 In addition, I was surprised and impressed at how durable they are. I was half expecting them to all fall off on the first day my son wore his Russell outfit, but even after 5 different days of wearing the costume, none of the badges have come off!

Step 1: Gather supplies.

First, you will need foam sheets with sticky backs. Click here for an example.  I used the brand called Silly Winks with sticky backs found at Hobby Lobby. With a coupon they are even cheaper. You can buy the single sheets or a multi-pack. I needed yellow, purple, brown and orange so I purchased the multi-pack and I have plenty left over for other projects.

How to Make a Badge for Kids

Second, you need the pattern of the badge/picture of it. I googled Wilderness Explorer badges and found the badges here for free! I printed them as well as the other Wilderness Explorer logos on my color printer.

How to Make a Badge for Kids

For his flag, shirt, and backpack I simply printed the logo as an image so I could enlarge and shrink it on the printer options.

Third, you will need Mod Podge. Click here for resource. It can also be found at any craft store. And you will need a foam brush to apply it.

Finally, You need something to apply the badge to. I had the shirt and the back pack. But I couldn’t find a sash for a reasonable price. So I made the Scout sash with some material I found a thrift store for .50 and was able to sew it in about 15 minutes. (Tutorial coming soon). I also made the flag (tutorial coming soon).

How to Make a Badge for Kids

Step 2: Cut out the badge(s) and the silly winks to fit them.

  How to Make a Badge for Kids

How to Make a Badge for Kids

How to Make a Badge for Kids

How to Make a Badge for Kids

Step 3: Apply Mod Podge to foam and immediately place the badge/paper on it. Let is sit for at least 2 minutes so that the paper adheres well.

How to Make a Badge for Kids

Step 4: Apply Mod Podge over the paper and let it dry for at least 5 minutes.

How to Make a Badge for Kids

How to Make a Badge for Kids

Step 5: Once completely dry, take the paper off the sticky side of the foam and stick it to the fabric or where ever you want the badge to go. Hold the badge down and rub the fabric into the sticky side really well.

Easy D.I.Y. Badges for Kids- These can be made quickly for dress up, super heros, costumes, etc.

And you are done!

How to Make a Badge for Kids

   To make the Grape Soda badge I simply followed all the steps above (using purple foam) and then I added a safety pin to the material above the badge. I wanted it to look a little more like a bottle cap (with depth and shine) but I didn’t want a real bottle cap. I was slightly concerned that the sharp edges might hurt my baby’s fingers if he decided to play with it. I just used a hot glue gun and made a thick layer of glue on the top of the badge. The hot glue added the shine and the depth I was looking for.

One of the best parts about this project is the speed at which it can be done. The badges took a total of 25 minutes. The flag, the wilderness explorer handbook, etc. all took me another about 10 minutes each. I was completed with all of these project in just over an hour.

 Although the badges aren’t free of flaws (if you study them up close), everyone told me how cute and perfect all the little details were. From about a foot or so away they look just perfect.

Easy D.I.Y. Badges for Kids- These can be made quickly for dress up, super heros, costumes, etc.

Click here for how to make a Mr. Frederickson costume and here for how to make a Russell costume.

The article about the Mr. Frederickson costume can be found by clicking here.

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I’d love to know what kind of badges you’ll be making.

How to Make a Badge for Kids

 



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4 Responses to How to Make a Badge for Kids

  1. How to Make Disney UP Wilderness Explorer Badges | My great WordPress blog says:

    […] and printed had them printed at the copy store onto thick photo paper.  I used this tutorial here as my inspiration, but made a few […]

  2. […] For tips on how to make a Russell costume from the Movie up Click here […]

  3. Natalee says:

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial! I had no idea how I was going to make Russell’s costume. Thank you!

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