Custom ID Badge

Introduction: Custom ID Badge

Here's a relatively easy way to make custom ID badges. You can create custom images for the front and back. Optionally add pictures to make photo IDs. The cost works out to less than a dollar per badge, cheaper if you buy the clips in bulk.

Step 1: Materials

-Full-sheet adhesive labels, preferably glossy (I used LD Glossy Inkjet Sticker Photo Paper)
-Heavy card stock or illustration board (I used Elmer's 14-ply white illustration board)
-Hole punch (not absolutely necessary but handy for cutting the slot)
-ID badge clips ($5 for a set of 10 from office supply store)
-Color printer

Step 2: Print Front and Back Images

The images should be slightly larger than the badge size. I wanted the badge to be 2.5"x4", so I made the images 3"x4.5", giving .25" excess on all four edges.

Avoid putting anything important too close to the edge of the image. Definitely nothing in the .25" border area and probably an extra .125", just to give yourself a bit of room for error.

On the front image, add an area the size and shape of the slot. The slot should be roughly 1"x.25" (minimum .5"x.25"), with rounded ends.

Print the images on full-sheet label paper.

Step 3: Cut Front Image

Cut the front image down to the size of the badge, preferably with rounded corners. I used a cutting template. Not strictly necessary but handy if you're doing several.

Step 4: Add Cardstock

Peel the backing off the front label and apply to a piece of card stock. trim the card stock to the shape of the label.

Tip: Run a knife lightly across the backing (just enough to cut it) to make it easier to peel off.

Step 5: Add Back

Cut the back label to the shape of the image, leaving the .25" excess border. Peel the backing off and place the label face-down. Place the badge face-up, centered on the label. Trim the label down to the badge shape.

Step 6: Cut the Slot

Use a hole punch to cut out the ends of the slot. Use a knife to join the holes and remove the remaining material.

Step 7: Add Clip

Thread a badge clip through the slot and snap together.

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    2 months ago

    wow nice work at an affordable price. Got my id badge at Cash's Awards and Promotions Solutions after I started working as a clerk in a police dept. in our locality.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    only thing id mention is Small lamanators have gotten cheap my local hobby shop sells one for a standard page size for about 60 bucks


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I've never used an actual laminator but I have used self-adhesive laminating sheets. Useful for protecting the ink on the labels, especially if I'm using a lot of black in the images. Black seems to scuff easily, at least with my printer.