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Easy ID Badge Makeovers

Are you required to wear an ID Badge to work everyday? Or do you know someone that has to? If you are nodding yes right this very second, I have grrrreat news for you!!! Today, right now, we are going to transform those drab plain ol’ badges into fabulous, fun, and super creative accessories that guaranteed EVERYONE at the office is going to want! Michaela from Covered In Mod Podge is going to show us how, in just a couple of minutes, to give your boring, black ID Badge a little makeover that is HUGE in style! Enjoy!

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Hey there Ribbon Retreat readers. It’s Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge again! I’m glad to be back with a fun tutorial.

Starting my final field placement for my Masters in Social Work, I was issued a boring black ID badge reel. It’s very functional but not so pretty. What’s a good DIY-er to do? Get out the craft supplies and get to work.

Taking your ID badge from boring to awesome is quick and fun. There’s unlimited options for personalization.

Preppy Stripe Ribbon and Gems Button Vintage Pearl
For the three fun variations I made, you’ll need:


Blank ID badge reels (I got mine from work and Etsy)
E-6000 glue
Gem (Vintage Pearl)
1 1/2 inch ribbon (Preppy in Italian Side Street)
5/8 inch ribbon (Solid Grosgrain in Black)
1 1/2 inch Covered Button Kit
Fat Quarter of fabric (Grey Garden Shade from Pippa by Anna Griffin)
Needle and thread
Hot glue/gun

For the gem variation:

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

This variation could not be easier. All you have to do is apply E-6000 to the blank badge reel and press the gem on. Hold the gem in place for a few minutes to let it set up.

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

E-6000 smells to high heaven. Make sure you use it in a well ventilated area. Follow the E-6000 directions as to when it will be dry. I put mine in the garage for 3 days to air out. After that, the smell was gone.

For the covered button variation:

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Remove the shaft from the back of the button using wire cutters.

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Follow the directions on the packaging of your covered button kit to cover in the fabric of your choice.

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Again, use the E-6000 to adhere the button to the badge reel. Let dry (and air out!) before use.

For the bow variation:

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This variation takes the longest to make. It took me a whole 10 minutes!

First, cut a 6 inch strip from your 1 1/2 inch ribbon. Seal the ends using your preferred method.
Find the middle of the ribbon. Fold the edges of the ribbon in, creating the side loops while slightly overlapping the ribbon ends.

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Run a gathering stitch down the middle of the ribbon.

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Pull the gather stitch tight to create the bow shape. Tie off and trim the ribbon ends.

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Cut a 5 or so inch length of the 5/8th inch ribbon. Tie a knot in the middle.

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Place knot in front/middle of the bow. Secure ends (of the knot) to the back of the bow with hot glue. Trim the length to get an appropriate fit.

Attach the bow to the badge reel. Be careful not too use too much E-6000 or it will bleed through the bow.

Easy ID Badge Makeovers - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Attach your ID, access card, and/or keys to your awesome new badge reel and you’re set to work in style!


Easy projects that carry a big punch are my favorite. In just a few minutes, look how much better and more girly those ID Badges look! My favorite is the one adorned with the adorable bow! Now you can clock in and out in STYLE! Thank you Michaela for sharing such an innovative, fun and fast project with us! For more of Michaela’s great projects, make sure to check out her blog Covered in Mod Podge.

As a crafter, much like yourself, aren’t we always looking for something great to makeover and transform from drab to fab? Here are a couple of other projects that started with something a little plain and turned out to be something spectacular! Check them out…

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What is your favorite item to transform from drab to fab?

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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 9, 2016 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    These are very useful and creative stylish ideas! Great projects…

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      Posted February 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kelly! Thank you! I am so glad you like this fun project. Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

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