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How to Display Enamel Pin Badges [6 Fun Ways]

Pin badges are a timeless form of self-expression that helps you showcase your interests, remind you of places you’ve visited or events you’ve attended, and your passions. 

They're also incredibly fun to look at in ways we just can't explain. 

But they are.

However, it's not just about collecting these tiny works of art; it's also about displaying them in a way that highlights their significance and beauty. 

In this comprehensive guide, we'll give you some of our favourite ideas for displaying pin badges, ensuring that your collection tells your unique story and adds aesthetic charm to your space.

Why You Should Create Your Own Pin Badge Display

Before we dive into the various methods of displaying pin badges, it's essential to understand why you should showcase them in the first place. Pin badges are a reflection of your personality, interests, and experiences. Displaying them personalises your space and can spark conversations and nostalgia. It's an opportunity to celebrate and share what you love with the world. Pin badges have 

How to Make a Pin Badge Display & Choosing the Right Method

There are numerous ways to display pin badges, depending on your preferences and available space. Let's explore some of the most popular options:

A massive pin badge collection being display on a corkboard.

Cork Pin Badge Display Board

Cork Boards are an accessible and practical choice. Pin your badges onto the corkboard, and you have an ever-changing wall of memories. This method is ideal for those who love rearranging their collection frequently.

A black pin badge display case holding 16 nature related badges. The case is sat on a rustic wooden table.

Pin Badge Display Case

Pin badge display cases (also known as shadow boxes) add depth and sophistication to your display. They are small, enclosed display cases with a hinged front, allowing you to easily access and rearrange your badges. A display case for pin badges protects your pins from dust and physical damage while adding a touch of elegance to your decor.

A cloth display banner with a selection of 14 pin badges in the food and drink theme.

Pin Badge Display Banner or Pennant

Fabric pennants are a cost-effective method of displaying your favourite badges and flair. You can pick display banners up for a couple of quid, or it's relatively easy to make your own if you feel a little crafty.

A person wearing a lanyard displaying a collection of four different Pokemon pin badges. Pickchu, Bulbasaur, Gastly, and Squirtle wearing a Sailor Moon costume.

Lanyard Display

Lanyards are a fantastic option for showcasing your pins, especially if you wear them at events or conventions. This way, you can flaunt your collection wherever you go, and it's a great conversation starter.

A white pin badge display frame featuring four horror enamel badges from Nacho Scratcho.

Pin Badge Display Frame

You can create a stylish framed display by arranging your pin badges within a frame with a solid background, such as a felt or fabric-covered board, or even some robust cardboard. This method adds a touch of elegance to your collection and makes it a focal point in any room.

A light blue denim jacket with six LGBTQ+ related pin badges.

Display Pin Badges on Your Jacket

The easiest way to display your enamel pins is to use them as their designers intended ... and wear them. Denim jackets, bags, backpacks, hats and caps make the perfect landscape to show off your favourite badges.

A collection of themed cute pin badges position on a small cork coaster. The Made by Cooper pattern sits in the background.

Organising Your Collection

The organisation is critical to a visually appealing pin badge display. Here are some tips to help you create a collection that tells a story:

By Theme: Group your badges by themes, such as pop culture, travel, horror, hobbies or just pin badges you think are cute. This creates a visually pleasing arrangement that makes it easy for you and others to identify your interests.

By Colour: Arrange your badges by colour, creating a visually striking and aesthetically pleasing display.

By Size: If you have a variety of pin sizes, consider organising them by size. Placing larger pins at the centre or top of your display can attract attention.

Chronologically: Display your pins in the order you acquired them. This showcases the evolution of your interests and experiences over time.

Proper Pin Badge Placement

When it comes to attaching your pins to your chosen display, consider these recommendations:

Avoid overcrowding: Give your badges enough space to shine individually. Overcrowding can make your display look cluttered and chaotic.

Use pin backs: Ensuring your pins are securely attached by using pin backs or locking pin clutches prevents your pins from falling and potentially getting damaged.

Consider symmetry: Achieving a balanced arrangement can be visually pleasing. While not all displays must be perfectly symmetrical, a sense of balance can enhance the overall appeal.

Keep Your Pins A'Poppin

To keep your pin badges in pristine condition, follow these maintenance tips:

Dust regularly: Dust your display to prevent your pins from accumulating dust and losing their lustre.

Handle with care: Handle them gently when rearranging or adding new pins to avoid scratching or damaging them.

Protect from direct sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade the colours of your pin badges. Position your display away from direct sunlight or use UV-protective glass for framed displays.

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Showcase Your Collection On The 'Gram

In the digital age, it's about more than just displaying your pin badges in the physical world. Consider sharing your collection on social media platforms or personal blogs. 

Use high-quality images and engaging captions to captivate your audience. You never know when your collection might inspire others. For inspiration, join our Instagram community of fifty-five thousand pin badge and patch enthusiasts.

Your Pins, Your Style, Your Display

Displaying pin badges is an art form that tells your unique story and adds aesthetic charm to your living space. Choose a display method that resonates with your style, organise your collection thoughtfully, and keep it in tip-top shape. 

Whether you're a seasoned collector or just starting your pin badge journey, this comprehensive guide will help you showcase your pins truly captivatingly. Start now, and watch your collection and creativity shine.

Create Your Own Pin Badges

If you've ever fancied creating your own enamel badges, you've come to the right place. Our team of expert designers will walk you through our simple process to help you bring your ideas to life. 

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Made by Cooper
14 December 2023