Monday, August 8, 2011

Backpack ID Tags Round Three

Every year I make new backpack ID tags for the girlies, and every year I try to come up with a way to make them more durable. I sure hope I have it this time.

Two years ago I used ID badges, but they got pretty beat up by the end of the year.

Last year I created them myself digitally, then laminated them with my laminator. They still got pretty beat up.

This year, I bought some little rectangular wood pieces at Michael's and turned them into the new and improved backpack ID tags for 2011-12.

First I painted the wood, then I Mod Podged my pictures right onto the wood. I added some ABC stickers for the names, and then Mod Podged the whole thing quite a few more times.

More Mod Podge means more strength, right? That's my theory.

Although I didn't take a picture of the backs, I put my contact information there in case the backpacks are lost.

Finally I used my trusty Crop-A-Dile to punch holes along the top for cute-ifying with ribbon. I put a 1-1/4" split key ring through the hole in the middle for attaching the tags onto the backpacks.

I'm really hoping that the third time's the charm, and that the Mod Podge did the trick.


  1. Great idea, Jill! I love these pictures of your girls, too. If they make it through the school year without falling off or apart, I think you've mastered the backpack ID tag!

  2. Those are awesome! My girls would love them. I think those were made to last.

  3. I was just thinking about this! I was pondering using juice can lids and a photo and wondering how much of that glaze stuff it would use to seal it well and if the cropodile would punch the it all (I know it *will* but would it crack it?) to make xmas gift luggage tag gifts.

    Wood & modge podge looks easier/cheaper.

  4. This may be my first post-6th child craft!!! Considering how slightly somewhat overwhelming 6 kids can occasionally be, you deserve kudos for inspiring me to the point of thinking I can accomplish something other than meals, diapers, and showering :)

  5. *adding crop-a-dile to list of things I MUST buy soon*

  6. i LOVE this idea - i too am on the hunt every year for the bag tag that will last. such a good idea. and yes, a crop-a-dile is on my list of things to buy myself!!

  7. I love this idea. I will need to get busy making some for my kids. Thanks for the idea.

  8. These are so cute - I love them! Never thought about it with the kids' pictures. That is great!

  9. Thank you so much! for sharing ideas on how to make organizing easier and pretty too. I'm not a artsy crafty mom and your instructions on how to make crafts like this one makes my life easier. Linking your blog from my site.