Backpack Tags…

Ok, I got this idea from the fabulous Jen (genie1314).  She has been making them as luggage tags and diaper bag tags.  Well, after picking Jen’s brain and learning where she got her supplies, I made a few this weekend!  Now Mamak’s girls and my SIL Tiff’s daughter have little tags for their backpacks!  They are really easy to make and they look so cute!  I left the back blank so that they could put an address label or something on it for identification purposes.  I told them they just had to pass along my information if anyone else liked them. 


Here are the badge holders that I got at Walmart.  They make a vertical one and a horizontal one.  Make sure you measure the opening before you make the inside stuff.  The vertical one is slightly smaller than the horizontal one.  I got them in packs of 12 for $1.67 in the office supply aisle at Walmart.


Here is Brooklyn’s tag.  I am sure I’ll make her a new one soon – I never like my first try at anything!  Tiff says it is great (she wanted pink and black), but I am just picky that way!  I just did a Monogram because her name is a little long!


These are for Mamak’s girls.  Katie likes purple and Libby likes pink.  I used my cuttlebug flowers die to punch the little accent flowers.  I also punched more holes along the top plastic to give me more room for ribbon.  Can a girly tag every have enough ribbon??

Now, for my new stamps to arrive because I think I have a way to do a more ‘manly’ version for the boys!


Oh, and I didn’t want to tie mine on with ribbon (Jen said this is how she did it).  So I went to Michael’s and looked around.  I found two options.  One was the little silver ball chain with connector that you see on some key chains.  These were pretty inexpensive.  Then other was to get a pack of lobster claw clasps and put those and the tag on a key ring thingie.  I tried to take pics of LIbby and Katies’s so you could see that a bit.  Hope that helps!  And Jen was right – they are addictive!

22 comments to Backpack Tags…


    Very cute. My little one would love this so I am going to CASE it. She is such a girly-girl that she would love all the ribbon! TFS

  • jenn

    If you want more durable plastic, try trading card protectors! They’re open at the top, super, super hard, and are the perfect size, too! I punch and then add a big eyelet and either the lobster clasp or a ball chain. SWEET projects!

  • Becky Oehlers

    Nice project Emily! How big are they? I was wondering if it would be too big to hold business cards. I wanted to make the DVD tin, with the notebook on one side and the pen and possibly something like this on the other side to hold business cards for my mom becasue she is a real estate agent. Do you think it would work?

  • Diane

    Very cute idea.

  • Hi Emily

    Oh these are just great, were the lobster clasps expensive? I think these are just gorgeous and might have to get my friend to go have a little lookey, blimey you lot are such enablers!!!!

  • the fabulous jen????? hahaha!!! i’m flattered!
    i love your bag tags!!! i just made another tonight, but if i post it on my blog i am sure that i will have to change my site name to iheartbagtags. lol.
    i am going to have to check out the attachment options.

  • Oh Emily! Love these!!!! I made these almost 10 years ago(yes, that would make me 16 then…lol) using the old self laminating luggage tags. It was great that you didn’t have to use a machine, but you didn’t get the depth or thickness like you have:) You couldn’t get them too thick, otherwise they would not seal correctly. I can’t wait to make some more of these after seeing what a great job you did! Love em’!

  • those are so cute Emily!

  • Liann M.


  • Kathy W

    What a clever and fun project! Older kids could design their own. You’re right about girls and ribbon: they can’t have enough. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  • super cute Emily! love them and may need to go in search of these supplies now as well!! 🙂

  • Very cute tags. I had seen Jen’s and really liked them, and yours are just as cute!! Gotta head over to Walmart I guess.

  • I have done the same thing with baseball card protectors…the kind with stiff plastic. The are really cheap! All you need to do is punch a hole in them!

  • These are absolutely adorable, Emily!

  • I have one word for you “Enabler” LOL……..I went to Wal-Mart today and hunted these down so I could make some for myself! Cute cute cute

  • Wow! How cool is that? I HAVE to make a trip to Walmart today!!!

    Thanks for the totally cute idea!!!


  • Tana Croteau

    I saw these at the last scrapbook/stamp convention I went to and was really impressed. I want to make these for my luggage tags to get rid of the airline ones I currently have on them.

  • Jodi Boatright

    Love these! We are going to take our boys (7 & 9) to Hawaii for the first time in April. I think I’ll have to make them some of these for our luggage. I’ll need to borrow my friend’s tropical theme stamps.

  • Lovely! I need to jump on this bandwagon. Thanks for listing all the info… I’ll be on the lookout for these next time I run to the store. 🙂

  • Erica Slathar

    These are super cute! TFS! I have a girl’s b-day party to do on Friday–I think we’re going to need to do these!

  • Becky Oehlers

    Hello all,
    I just got these tags and ran them through the cuttlebug embossing folder (the one with the little flowers and circles), and they came out amazing! Just a little extra to pass along.

  • […] (Oh, and I make these using luggage/badge id holders from Walmart – they are found on the office supply aisle and are about $1.50 for 10 of them. I use the ball-and-chain keychain type thingies to hang them on their backpacks.)  You can see more info on my original post about there <here>. […]

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