How to Display Con Badges & Pins

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Most avid attendees of conventions love to collect the badges, passes/tickets, or pins they acquire while attending cons. Unfortunately, most people end up hiding them in a shoe box under the bed, or collecting a mess of lanyards on a single doorknob.

Today I have a number of ideas to share with you guys on how to display those old badges. Time to add some decoration to your house, show them off with pride, and be reminded of all the wonderful memories they represent….it doesn’t matter if your passes are paper tickets in plastic sleeves, hard plastic id cards with clips, or even pin-back buttons; I’ve got solutions for all of these.

 

Frame Your Convention Badges & Pins

 

There are a number of ways you can use frames to display your convention badges, tickets, patches, art & pins. If all the items you’d like to display are flat, a conventional frame is a great option. If you want to frame 3D objects or a mixture of items, like badges & pins, then shadow boxes are the perfect way to go. You can even include additional photos, or items purchased from the Artist’s Alley in your shadowbox.
Another fun idea is to add strings of wire or a mesh chicken wire to a frame, then clip all your badges on.Feel free to play with your layouts when creating your framed designs. You can make a collage of items, you can opt for neat rows & columns, or you can arrange the items into an overall shape for added fun.
pinback button heart
Photo via: poppytalk
convention shadowbox
Photo via: paperdroids
Mini Clothespins Frame Photo DisplayPhoto via: serenitynowblog
framed chicken wire display hangerPhoto via: unknownmami
framed convention badges collage
Photo via: tagsecond

Showcase Convention Badges & Pins in a Coffee Table

Speaking of shadowboxes, why not display your pins, patches, artwork & badges in a shadowbox coffee table? These types of tables come in many varieties, from a large-open space, to many smaller compartments. You can easily throw in other fun mementos & fandom collectibles for display too.
Alternatively, having a plexi-glass topped coffee table mimics the framed wall display and it makes swapping items out easy.
shadow box coffee table
Photo via: unknown

Pin Badges On A Cork Board

Badges of all types can easily be pinned to a cork board. You can even hang your pins & patches on the cork board too. What’s great about this setup is the easy access you’ll have; great for rearranging whenever you feel the need or rotating the collection if it’s large enough.
Cork Board with con badgesPhoto via: warosu.org

 

Badge Holder Book

Maybe the con badges you have include a lot of plastic holder sleeves. Create a booklet of them by binding them with a keyring or piece of ribbon. Then display your badge book on your nightstand or coffee table.
badge holder book

 

Plastic Con Badge Storage Case

Perhaps you want a way to collect and organize your badges without displaying them. If that’s the case, and you have a lot of plastic id badges, then the storage brief case may be the best option for you. This case safely keeps and organizes your badges and easily stows away.
plastic badge brief case
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Hang Up Con Badges

Purchase any sort of post shelf, closet hanger with hooks, or any other type of multi-hook hanger to display your badges on lanyards. You can easily pin your buttons to the lanyards as well. If you want, you could hang ribbon from the hooks and just attach your pins or patches instead.
wall hook hanger
Photo via: etsy

 

Lampshade Rim Badge Holder

Another great idea for holding & displaying your badges in plastic sleeves is to remove the shade from an old lamp, then hang your badges (using paperclips) from the shade’s remaining wire rims.
Lampshade rim badge holder
Photo via: scrapbook

 

Pinback Button Lampshade

Sticking with the theme of lamps, lampshades are also the perfect spot to display all your pins from a convention. To make your pinback buttons pop, opt for a shade that has a more neutral color palette & pattern.
pinback button lampshade
Photo via: dailymail.co.uk

 

Scrapbook with Your Badges

Feeling extra creative or want a way to keep all your badges nice, without actively showcasing them all around your place? Scrapbooking is the perfect solution!
Ticket and badge scrapbook
Photo via: amygigglesdesigns

 

Make Your Pinback Buttons into a Bracelet

Add your pins to a piece of elastic to create a bracelet out of them. Make a couple different ones or switch the pins out as you fancy. If you don’t mind gluing your pins, you could glue them into empty bezel trays and create a chain bracelet too. If you don’t mind sewing your patches, you could easily use them to create a bracelet too.
pinback button braceletPhoto via: estystatic
pinback button chain braceletPhoto via: peoplepowerpress

Bonus Ideas for Things To Do With Convention Badges, Pins & Shirts

If you don’t mind gluing or otherwise altering your pins or badges, here are a couple more ideas:
Turn your pins into earrings or necklace pendants.
Make a resin top coffee table with your pins or con badges.
Turn your pins or plastic badges into fridge magnets.If you have a collection of shirts from conventions you can easily turn them into a t-shirt quilt.

Hopefully this post has inspired you to pull out that shoebox of badges and start showing them off around your house or room. If you do, please share a photo of your new display with me on Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to see your collection!

What do you do with con badges? Do you have additional ideas? Share them in the comments below.
Which one of your badges or pins is your favorite -does it relate to your favorite con memories, or do you just like the look of the badge?

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  • Jenny
    Reply

    This is really awesome! I sell buttons so I’m so saving this post to show people in the future!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Woot! Glad to help a fellow geek out. Do you sell your buttons online too?

  • Reply

    Great ideas! I have mine hanging off my wall calendar but they always fall down.

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thanks Danielle! Funny you mention a calendar…I was trying to come up with an easy way to turn the badges into a calendar. It’s possible but it would take some crafting.

  • Charlie
    Reply

    Some great ideas! I have loads of theatre tickets I need to frame they have so many good memories! Fabulous post.

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      I save all my tickets from everything -plays, concerts, movie theaters. I should probably do something with all of them too

  • Mariah Kaercher
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    I love the corkboard idea! I’m going to wait until I have more con badges to do something like this!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      That’s my goal -to get enough con badges to be able to fill a large cork board. I’m a long ways off. Lol

  • Reply

    Love the idea of using buttons to make a framed shape like that! I am definitely doing that with mine!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      So glad I could inspire you Kay. Would love to see the finished product!

  • TalkingNerdy
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    Up until just a couple years ago I was actually getting rid of my old badges after the convention, so I don’t have nearly as many as I could/should. Was thinking the other day that it might be fun to trim the badges a little and gluing them to a basket/box to make a cutesy storage box or something 🙂

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Oh bummer…I’m a slight bit of hoarder because A) I’m sentimental B) Afraid of wanting/needing something again down the road and no longer having it. Haha. It’s a blessing and a curse.
      That’s a great idea you have though!

  • Dina
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    Oh my gosh those are all really fun ideas of comic con badges and stuff I would never think of. Honestly mine either end up in the trash or lost somewhere in my house.

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thanks Dina. Now if you every find them or decide to start saving them, you’ll know just what to do with them! 🙂

  • Mariko
    Reply

    Great ideas! I turned a bunch of my 1 inch buttons into hair bows. Still trying to find a good way to recycle all the lanyards those badges come on… For some reason I just can’t seem to justify throwing them away…

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      I bet your hair bows are super cute. What a fun way to wear the buttons!

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