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How to Display Pin Badges: A Comprehensive Guide

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. 

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. This comprehensive guide delves into the art of displaying pin badges, ensuring that your collection tells your unique story and adds aesthetic charm to your space.

A collection of hundreds of pin badges on a cork board.

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 not only personalises your space but also sparks conversations and nostalgia. It's an opportunity to celebrate and share what you love with the world.

Choosing the Right Display For Your Pin Badges

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

Badges on a hat.

Cork Board Display 

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 load of badges

Shadow Box Display

Shadow boxes add depth and sophistication to your display. They are like small, enclosed display cases with a hinged front, allowing you to access and rearrange your badges easily. Shadow boxes protect your badges from dust and physical damage while adding a touch of elegance to your decor.

A collection of Nike pin badges

Pin Badge Pennant

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

Loads of yellow lanyards

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.

Some more badges.

Framed Displays

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. This method adds a touch of elegance to your collection and makes it a focal point in any room.

Racoon badge on a jacket.

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 to them.

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

Coffee & Pie pin badges.

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.

Some cartoon pin badges.

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.

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.


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.

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