Customized Badge Reel

Your workplace accessories have never looked so chic! Jazz up your standard pass card or ID badge reel, and show off a little personality! Form and functionality all in one easy craft!

Silicone beads add a fun pop of color to your work wear accessories! They’re 100% washable which makes sanitizing them easy (for those nurses and doctors!), and they make finding your pass card badge reel at the bottom of your bag that much easier! 

It’s easy! Follow along with our YouTube video above or our written tutorial below.

Customized Badge Reel - Cara & Co

Supplies Needed:

Step-By-Step Instructions:

1. Gather your supplies and shop for your favorite beads on our website! Start by extending your retractable badge reel string.

Custom Badge Reel Supplies - Cara & CoPull out your Badge Reel - Cara & Co

2. Using your binder clip, hold the string in its extended position. This will help you work with your string and not lose it should your badge reel accidentally retract!

Use the Binder Clip - Custom Badge Reel - Cara & CoBinder Clip - Step-by-Step Tutorial - Cara & Co

3. Take your scissors and cut the string about 1” away from the badge reel stopper. You can also cut this string after you’ve pushed the knot out (see below) - whatever you prefer!

Cut your Badge Reel - Custom Tutorial - Cara & Co

4. If you haven’t already, push the string up through the badge reel stopper so that the knot and string comes out. You may need some needle nose pliers to catch it and pull it out. If you’re struggling to get the knot out, you can also pry open your triangle jump ring going through the badge reel stopper so that it's out of the way as well.

Remove the Knot and String - Tutorial - Badge Reel - Cara & Co

5. With the knot pushed through, set your stopper aside.

Add your Beads - Custom Badge Reel - Cara & Co

6. String on to your badge reel string the beads you prefer in the order you want. Do not remove your binder clip just yet! (And please note that we put our accent bead on upside down - please do not make our mistake!)

Don't Remove the Clip - Tutorial - Badge Reel - Cara & Co

7. Take your working end and push it back into the bottom of the badge reel stopper. On the other side of the stopper, tie a double or triple knot.

Add the Stopper - Custom Badge Reel Tutorial - Cara & CoCustom Badge Reel Tutorial - Cara & CoTie your Knot - Badge Reel - Cara & Co

8. Trim your string close to the knot. Pull the knot back into the stopper to hide it.

Trim your Knot - Badge Reels - Cara & CoPull your Knot into the Stopper - Cara & Co

9. Unclip your binder clip and you’re done! Ready for use!

Your Finished Customized Badge Reel - Tutorial - Cara & CoCustom Silicone Bead Badge Reel  - Tutorial - Cara & Co

Happy Crafting! Badge Reels make wonderful gifts, and are a fun and easy craft! Make sure you tag us on social media using the hashtag #createdwithcarasupply! We love seeing the beautiful products you make!

Happy Crafting!


-the girls


*The products, materials, and supplies sold by Cara & Co. Silicone Craft Supply are intended for use by adults and should never be left unattended with a child.

***Small objects and beads can present choking hazards to young children. Never leave a child unattended with beads or other products. Always dispose of any damaged product. No product is completely indestructible, and fully formed teeth could potentially damage product if chewed aggressively, so responsible attentiveness is needed for any user or purchaser. Customers should always inspect and monitor their products, discontinuing use at the first sight of damage.

****Once our products have been sold and shipped to our customers, Cara & Co Silicone Craft Supply Inc., waives all responsibility and liability from the use of our products. Customers are responsible that their final products made from our supplies meet the appropriate safety requirements for their region. Our buyers understand that by purchasing our products or using suggestions from the above tutorial, the buyer assumes any and all responsibility and liability for the use of the products. 

*****Cords, clasps and pacifier clips are not intended to be chewed on and may present choking hazards.


  • Cara & Co Team

    Hi Darlene!
    Thank you so much for catching that for us! We’ve updated the relevant step to correct the issue. And we are so sorry you had to redo your badge reel. Happy crafting! Xo

  • darlene

    i made it. but it’s upside down. had to redo it the badge hangs from bottom of reel

    ahhh change directions thanks

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