You saw how to decorate your child’s plain jane pencil box. The project is simple enough to totally rock it out in 10 minutes so no worries if you found yourself down to the last minute to complete it. Another accessory that grade school children often get are those large plastic tags to wear around their necks. These contain information for the children (and the adults at the school) to know what bus they are on and who their teacher is. Let’s face it: these tags break long before their usefulness has run out. That is why I’m going to show you how to make this easy Duck Tape backpack tag. Clip it on your child’s bag to help them out all year.
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Backpack Tag Materials
First, pull a length of tape from the roll and place on a flat surface sticky-side up. Do not cut the tape yet.
Place the tag on the tape so that half of it is hanging off and there is extra tape at the top and bottom. (See picture above for reference.)
Now trim the tape and ensure that there is still extra at the top.
Cut a second piece of tape roughly the size of the piece attached to your tag. (This doesn’t have to be exact.)
Place your tag on the second piece of tape so that the remaining half of the back of the tag is covered.
- Make sure that the 2nd piece of tape is facing in the same direction as the first before attaching it to your tag.
- You do not need to match up the designs on this project.
Next, trim the tape around the tag leaving ¼ inch extra on all sides.
- Make the extra tape around the tag larger if using an especially big tag. The one pictured above is 2 inches wide.
Fold up the bottom edge of your tape onto the front of your tag.
Next, fold down the angled top edges of your tape.
Fold over the side edges of the tape.
Lastly, fold down the top remaining edge of tape.
Cut a small piece of tape from the roll that is slightly larger than the width of your tag. Place it over the top of your tag on the front.
Trim the tape using your tag as a guide. This time do not leave any extra tape around the edges. Smooth the cut edges by pressing them firmly to the tag.
Next, punch a hole in the top of your tag. Try to line it up with the original hole. (This will help keep the tag strong.)
Place an eyelet through the hole you’ve created.
Secure the eyelet using your setter then set the tag off to the side.
Cut a piece of plastic cording 24 inches long.
Fold your piece of cording in half twice.
Thread the side of the cording with loose ends through the clip.
Next, pull that same end through the loops at the opposite end of the cording. Pull tight to secure.
Thread that same end through the eyelet in the tag. Do this front to back.
Knot the end of your thread twice and pull tight. (I recommend twice because otherwise the knot may be too small to hold to the back of the tag.) Trim the excess cording at the end.
Fill out the tag with relevant information such as Name, Grade, Teacher’s Name, and Bus Number.
This is such an easy and useful back to school project! Don’t limit yourself to making them just for school, either. These are great for luggage tags for vacation. (You can even make a fun glittery one for your suitcase.) Make sure you’ve entered our Duck Tape giveaway for your chance to score some free tape!