If you love the national parks as much as we do, this Junior Ranger Badge Display is a great way to display your pin collection!
Every year we go to a National Park for our family vacation. Since Reed has been old enough, he has participated in the Junior Ranger program. Each park has a set of activities for kids to complete and then they receive a Junior Ranger Badge for that particular park. It’s a fun way to learn more about the park and for them to have a souvenir to take home.
We had been displaying these on his water pack but it was getting too full and he was afraid of losing badges. (He actually lost his Yosemite one once but if you write the park, they will mail you a new one!)
The lettering at the top and the ranger hat at the bottom were cut with my Cricut Maker.
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Materials needed for Junior Ranger Badge Display
Images used for Ranger Hat: Ranger Hat Badge #M3310D
Font used for script at top: Pacifico (free online download)
Begin by cutting your felt flag. Cut the green felt to 12 inches by 18 inches. Lay vertically. Measure up 2 inches from the bottom on each side. Measure the middle point across the bottom. Now draw a line between the left side (at 2 inches up) to the middle of the bottom. Repeat on the right side. Cut along those lines.
Cut dowel rod to 13 inches in length. Wrap top part of felt banner around dowel rod and hot glue into place. Attach twine to each end for hanging.
Using your Cricut Maker, type Junior Ranger and change font to Pacifico. Size to 10 inches wide. Place white felt on fabric mat and send to cut using fine point blade.
Look at that detail!! This is felt, folks! Check out more felt posts here!
Use fabric glue to adhere to the top of the banner about an inch below the dowel rod.
Next it’s time to cut that cute ranger hat for the bottom. Search for the image and add to your canvas. Size to about 4 inches wide. Follow steps above to cut. You will need to switch materials to cut the band on the hat. I used leather. If you want you can just use felt but I thought this added a fun look.
Glue badge together with fabric glue. Attach to bottom of banner with hot glue.
Now add your Junior Ranger badges to complete the look!
This is a fun souvenir to keep for years to come! You can even let them pass it down to their kids someday!