My children and I got to spend time with our cousins this past holiday weekend. The girls love learning new kids crafts, so we decided that testing out the "Fab Badge Maker" kit would be a fun activity for a nice summer day. The bunny to the left is wearing a bunny bow pin that my daughter made with this kit.
The Alex "Fab Badge Maker" kit recommends the "Fab Badge Maker" kit for kids 7 years old and up. The list price is $21.99 and an online search found that the actual retail price varies. What makes this kit different from so others badge (pin) kits, is that that it so easy to use and with a lot less parts. Additionally, you can use fabrics and other ephemera with it. This is not a traditional pin making kit since the designs of the pin are for utilizing fabric and not the traditional paper.
The instructions have good simple step-by-step drawings on how to assemble the badge. The "So-Easy Badge Maker" was a little tricky for my eight year old cousin to figure out. There is a small learning curve for little fingers to learn to use it correctly. However, once they play around with it for a bit, it gets easier. The twelve and fourteen year olds, did not have any problems figuring out how to use the badge maker. It is not time consuming and will hold their interest for the short time it takes to create a fun little badge (pin).
The Box of Supplies includes:
10 Badge parts ( 10 each of the tops, backings, and snaps)
1 So-Easy Badge Maker
12 Fabric Circles
12 Glitter Stickers and Gems
1 Instruction sheet
|So-Easy Badge Maker|
|Fabric circles included in kit.|
Floral Planter Badge Project
For my first project, I decided to make a flower plant stick that one of my daughters could use to give to a teacher aid at school. The supplies for most of it were in the kit, I just added some floral petals, a glass container, dirt, moss and a small plant.
I saw some really nice gift box ribbons at the gift counter at my local department and thought how nice they were. However, at $7 for one ribbon, that was a bit steep for my budget. So when I saw these badges, I realized I could make my own version of those ribbons.
The remaining ribbon fit well into the badge maker.
The ribbon was a bit stiffer fabric than the fabric circles that are included in this kit. So I had to hold
them down until I could put the backing and the snap piece onto the badge maker.
Bunny Pin On Hat
My daughter loved the bow idea and decided to make the third project. Her bunny needed a hair accent to go with her ice skating outfit. So we looked at the supplies and figured out what we need and added to it from things we had in the craft box.
Below are a few other pieces that the kids enjoyed making. They went through my scrap drawer and found some different items to add to their badges like:
We are still working on my daughters mini altered scrap book, so she made a badge (pin) to put onto the page below. The pink and blue pin has some beads, ribbon, floral die cut, and a butterfly glued onto it.
|Paper Flower petal Pin|
The black and orange flower stick below is made from an old black t-shirt, paper leaves,
and folded paper (using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board). Then the kids just glued the pin onto a stick.