Pins and patches that show off your flair for science

Fashion statements in miniature.

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Pins for all.Luis Cortes via Unsplash

Whether your wardrobe is full of impeccably ironed dress shirts or clothing suited for a life painting or gardening, accessorizing with enamel pins and cloth patches is an easy way to amplify your style. Add these small and crafty objects to backpacks, jackets, or lapels for an everyday celebration of your interests—or save them for when you’re feeling fancy. These pieces are great conversation starters with a hat tip to astronomy, biology, and the environment.

Pinsanity NASA Logo Enamel Lapel Pin

Pinsanity NASA Logo Enamel Lapel Pin
The logo that captured the imagination of millions.Amazon

Share your passion for space exploration with this quality rendition of the official logo of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This pin is made from enameled copper with silver-colored brass plating, and is 1.25 inches in diameter (a bit larger than a quarter).

Enamel Pin I Need My Space Coffee Cup With The Solar System

Enamel Pin I Need My Space Coffee Cup With The Solar System
What’s not to like?Amazon

Display your sense of humor (and your twin loves of coffee and astronomy) with this delightful, 1.2-inch pin, which features two pin backs and clutches to ensure it stays on your stuff.

Pinsanity Science Not Silence Enamel Lapel Pin

Pinsanity Science Not Silence Enamel Lapel Pin
A call to action on climate change.Amazon

The message on this 1-inch pin is both sobering and inspiring. It's not too late to do something about climate change—and sharing this statement is an opportunity to shout out the tireless and ongoing work of scientists to protect our planet.

Pinsanity Apollo Lunar Lander Enamel Lapel Pin

Pinsanity Apollo Lunar Lander Enamel Lapel Pin
The eagle has landed... on your shirt.Amazon

This gorgeous, 1.25-inch pin shines with pride in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. With a "collector grade" Cloisonné style, it’s a real standout and will likely spark many chats about the historic achievements of Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and JoAnn Morgan (the only woman on the Apollo launch team).

Heart & Brain Patch Embroidered Badge

Heart & Brain Patch Embroidered Badge
A winning combination, if not anatomically accurate.Amazon

Let people know your appreciation for both love and intelligence with this beautiful and detailed badge. At 2.2 inches wide and 3.2 inches high, this design is clever and striking. Use an iron to melt the adhesive backing and secure the badge to most material, or sew it onto your item of choice.

Asilda Store Embroidered Sew or Iron-on Patch (Craving Wilderness)

Asilda Store Embroidered Sew or Iron-on Patch (Craving Wilderness)
Remind yourself of your happy place.Amazon

Something about the colors and font on this circular patch (about 3 inches in diameter) makes us think of scouting merit badges, and evokes the majesty of our national parks. If you affix this patch to an everyday bag or jacket, you’ll have a constant reminder of your last outdoorsy adventure, and an excuse to dream about the next time you can get far, far away.

Compoco Astronaut Kitty in a Space Suit

Compoco Astronaut Kitty in a Space Suit
Cats in space.Amazon

We know the chances of getting Morris into a spacesuit without a claw-ridden horror show are retty much zero. But this cute pin (approximately 1.4 inches tall) has everything feline and space lovers could ever want, including two pin-backs and clutches to keep your astro-cat safely grounded.