DIY Badge Button Pins

This project from my first book Project Kid was born out of two memories/bits of info. Curious? Read on.

Just want to make them? Scroll down for the how-to!

  1. I used to work at a sleep-away camp, and we had a game called Hula Baloola, and the tag line was, where everyone’s a winner! So I made these decorative award ribbons with no number, no place, and no gold, silver, or bronze affiliation. They make a great gift for a mother’s day gift where you can write a name, add a heart, etc.
  2. I had a t-shirt that had a screen print of a 2nd place ribbon in the top left shoulder area, where a name tag would go. When people asked me why it was a 2nd place ribbon and not 1st, I’d say because you took home first place. Cheesy? Sort of.

And now for what you really care about…

What you’ll need:

  • Drink-bottle caps
  • Cotton balls
  • Solid fabric
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glitter glue (available at Michaels Stores)
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pin backs
  • Tacky glue


  1. For each badge, glue cotton balls into the recessed part of a drink bottle cap. Glue three to four in a larger cap, and two to three in a smaller one.
  2. Cut a circle of fabric large enough to wrap around the bottle top, lay the top in the center of the fabric, cotton-ball side down, and glue the fabric to the back (top) of the cap.
  3. Decorate the front of the cap with glitter glue in any pattern.
  4. Cut a 3- to 4-inch piece of ribbon, fold it in half to form an upside-down V, and glue the fold to the back of the cap. Glue a pin back just above the ribbon. Wear it proudly.

June 27, 2016| Everyday Crafts, Father's Day, Gifts, Jewelry and Fashion, Mother's Day, Parties, Upcycled, Yarn & Fabric