New Merit Badges: Crafty & Clever
A recent design gig for FamilyFun Magazine has me very excited about merit badges. They’re often a perfect little combination of recognition and aesthetics, and I just love ’em. In this post I share my new design for the Backyard Fun Badge and offer up a few other lovely new merit badges from other artists and craft shops.
I was delighted to be asked to design the first of ten “Badges of Fun” for FamilyFun Magazine’s latest issue. They’re working with a number of different designers to create a series of artful badges that kids can download, cut out, and attach to a poster that tracks their progress. To earn this first badge, you can play twilight games, have a backyard camp-out, or make yard art. Kids of all ages allowed!
More Fresh Merit Badge Designs
Lee Meszaros crafts beautiful merit badges of her own design and sells them in her Be Proud Etsy Shop. She offers more than sixty (60!) different designs at $25/ea (with a nice certificate). Each badge has its own sweet phrase and illustrated imagery. They really are wonderful. Lee’s merit badges are silk-screened, hand-painted and then embroidered.
Mama Merit Badges are another creative twist on the same theme with a more modest price point ($5/ea) but far fewer designs (13) from which to choose. Amy Bowers created this off-beat series of badges to recognize the very hard work that is parenting – the “daily duties that alternately feel like drudgery, brave political acts, and absurd performance art.”
Disorderly Goods created a set of twelve (12) creative merit badges for “excellence in life.” Here are my three favorites. Others depict unusual things like molecules and inkblots.
And finally, here’s a mosaic made out of thousands of scout badges by the Northern Star Council. Watch their time-lapse film below:
Vintage Merit Badges are Incredibly Collectible
You can often find the perfect badge for someone you know amongst the thousands of vintage scouting badges available on eBay. Here’s a quick look at what’s available now:
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Do you know of other sources for creative merit badges? Do you have a great story to tell involving badges you’ve given or received? Post a comment and let us know about it!