We just love this idea from the Weber family who made these clever bag tags using Shrink Art! With many kids having similar back packs, this helps distinguish your child’s. They drew the child’s initial, coloured it in , punched a hole (with a large hole punch), “cooked” their letters and then inserted a key ring when cool. (We took some photos of us trying it out to make a gift tag with the same process below!) Personally we were quite impressed! Did you try an idea on our site or do you have one of your own? We would love to see it! BIG thanks and lots of love to the Webers! Materials Shrink Art (You can buy this at craft stores) Scissors Hole Punch (use a bigger than standard one if you are doing a key ring!) Scissors Pencil/eraser Cookie sheet Oven mitt Pencil crayons Directions Cut your shrink art piece into a manageable size, bigger than your intended letter. Scuff it with sandpaper. Draw out your letter in pencil or as our son did, sketch it on another piece of paper and then overlay the shrink art piece and trace it. He decided to use a permanent marker for a more defined line, but a black pencil crayon works great too! You could make your bag tag into any symbol you like- perhaps something for your swim bag, library book bag or sports equipment bag. Colour in your letter. Cut out your letter. Punch a hole in one end. “Cook” your letter, according to the package directions using a cookie sheet, with the direction and supervision of an adult and with an oven mitt to help with the removal process! Let your letter cool and have an adult lace the key ring through the hole on your letter and the the zipper pull on your back pack or lace a bit of twine and attach it to a gift! Purpose Developing one’s find motor skills (cutting, lacing, colouring etc.) Make an identifying symbol for one’s belongings. Safety Notes Use scissors with care and adult supervision. Twine, cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose. Small items such as key rings can be a choking hazard therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. An oven should be used with an adult and be sure to follow the product directions. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.