Name tag is attached to the backpack.

Head to School with a DIY Backpack Name Tag

Learn how to make your own name tag.

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Melissa Caughey

Introduction

Growing up I had such fond memories of creating and designing things for my room with shrinking plastic. I was thrilled to discover it again a few years ago while exploring my local craft store. My kids and I have had so much fun creating back-to-school name tags for the kids' backpacks, and I got to relive a bit of my childhood.

Step 1

Pencil line on shrink film

Make the Name Tag Shape

With a pencil, trace out the shape of your name tags.

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Make the Shape

Begin by tracing the name tag shape with a pencil on the shrink film.

Pro Tip

Remember once baked, the final product will be half of the original size.

Step 2

Scissors cut out the shape.

Cut Out the Backpack Name Tag

With scissors, cut on the shape of the tag.

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Cut it Out

Cut out the shape of the name tag with the scissors of your choice.

Step 3

A hole is punched in the name tag.

Punch a Hole in the Backpack Name Tag

With a hole punch make a hole in the backpack name tag.

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Punch a Hole

Use your hole punch to create one hole. Then extend the hole with the hole punch to double the size of the hole in order to accommodate the smaller size once baked.

Step 4

Markers are used to write the name and decorate the tag.

Decorate the Backpack Name Tag

Decorate the name tag with permanent markers.

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Decorate

Decorate your name tag with permanent markers.

Step 5

Reading for baking on a cookie sheet.

Time to Bake the Backpack Name Tags

Following the package directions, bake the name tags and set them aside to cool.

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Bake the Tags

Once decorated, place the name tags on a baking sheet and bake the name tags per the directions on the shrink film packaging.

Step 6

A leather cord is added to the tag.

Add A Tie to the Backpack Name Tag

Thread a tie through the hole at the top of the name tag.

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Add Cordage

Once cooled, cut a piece of leather cordage about 8 inches long. Fold it in half. Push the loop through the hole in the top of the name tag.

Step 7

Name tags are ready for use.

Backpack Name Tags Ready for Use

The backpack name tags are ready to be attached.

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Tie the Knot

Push the cordage tails through the loop and pull tightly. The name tags are ready for use.

Step 8

Tags hang on backpacks.

Ready for School with DIY Backpack Name Tags

Learn how to make these kid friendly backpack name tags.

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Melissa Caughey

Add to Backpack

Attach the name tag to the backpack, and you're all set!