Thursday, August 21, 2008

Backpack ID Tags

The girls are back to school this week. Zoe will be in second grade and Annika is starting Kindergarten. I'm so sad about that. I'm going to try very hard not to stalk her on the playground like I did to her sister in her first week of Kindergarten.

I'm excited about school starting and getting back to a routine, so when I saw this idea to make backpack tags, I came out of my shark carnage funk and went to town.

I got this idea from Tip Junkie in her back-to-school post. This led me to Adventures with the Provosts to try for a closer look. Mique uses luggage tags for her tags, but I couldn't find any clear ones (at the one store I looked, because I'm impatient like that), so I improvised.

I found these badge ID holders at Wal Mart, and I figured they would work great combined with these book rings. They were dang cheap too, so I'm all over that.

They were pretty quick to put together too. I spent the most time trying to find pictures that were the right size. I adhered the piece of ribbon all around the top with photo tape to secure the opening and keep moisture out.

My ID tags for 2009-10, which I've changed a little, are here.


  1. Hi Jill,
    I love reading your blog!
    I just wanted to know how you did Zoe's name. Is it free-hand, or did you buy letters that looked like that? Also, how do you get the ribbons to stay so straight and "perky" I guess I'd call it. I'm not very crafty, but would like to be!!

    Have you ever considered homeschooling? I really think you'd love it!

    We were so disappointed that you weren't able to visit this summer. We really need to find a halfway point to camp at!! I wish we were neighbors!!
    Thanks for all the great ideas!

    Beth (Nienhaus)

  2. Hi Beth, I sent you an e-mail to answer some of your questions, but for a couple of them I wanted to answer them here in case other people had the same question. The letters for the girls' names are Creative Memories alphabet stickers, but you could use any alphabet stickers, stamps, or even do it freehand.

    The ribbon is "perky" as you call it because it's gross grain ribbon and sheer ribbon, which stands up pretty well. I just double knotted it and cut it short enough so it wouldn't droop.

    Thank you for your comment! Jill :)

  3. These are so cute! What a great idea!

  4. What a cute idea for their backpacks!! I LOVE it!!

  5. What a cool idea - really like this. So useful and nice, too.
    Your blog is a lovely mixed bag of hints & tipps, ideas and musings. Keep it coming ;-)

  6. You did an amazing job with your kids Backpack ID Card especially it matched with their bags very well. I have also done the same this year to my kids bags buy instead of book rings, I used beaded ID holder. It is really fun the make such stuff sometimes especially if the kids like it so much.

  7. This is such a cute idea! I've been aware of your blog for about a week, and I finally made a blog (: Love your ideas! You're amazing!