Personalized dog tags are a great way to show
There are a few ingredients you will need for this project. The first is a plastic shrinkable tag. You will also need various colored pencils, permanent pens or colored markers and something you can use to make a hole in the tag, such as a pin or needle.
First, lay your plastic shrinkable tag down on a flat, clean surface. Next take one of your writing utensils and write the information for your pet on the tag. You might consider writing the pet's name and a way to contact you in case the pet gets lost to facilitate your furry friend's return.
Next comes the fun part! Use the colored pencils or pens to draw and color the name tag. Let your imagination run free, and create something that is personal and unique for your dog. This is a great time to call in the rest of the family and give each person a turn at making designs or drawing pictures on the tab. Fine tip pens and pencils work better than thicker tipped pens, so put those jumbo markers away. When making your design, it is important to remember that the tag is going to shrink, so consider making the design a little larger than you think it should be. Be careful not to obscure the important identification information you wrote on the tag with any of your artwork.
Now you want to add a hole to the dog tag so that you will be able to hang the dog tag on the pup's collar. Use the pin or needle to poke a hole in the tag. Remember to make the hole about 3 times larger than you need to compensate for shrinkage of the tag itself.
For the next part, you will use your oven. Read the directions on the shrinkable plastic carefully, as it will tell you what temperature to set the oven on and how long the tags need to 'bake.' Set the oven and put the tag on a cookie sheet, then the cookie sheet into the oven and let it cook for the appropriate amount of time.
Once the baking is over, remove the cookie sheet and let the plastic tag cool, usually a minute or two will suffice. Once the tag has cooled and you can safely attach the completed tag to the collar, you're done and have one dapper pooch!
There are several advantages of these homemade tags aside from just the aesthetic satisfaction of designing them yourself. They are inexpensive so if the tag gets lost or destroyed, you can just make another one. Consider making several of them, and switching the tags out during different times of the year. For example, you could make a tag for the pup to wear during the summer months, another that would be worn during Halloween and yet another for Christmas time.
The real key here is to be creative and make the tags a unique expression of your, and your dog's, personality. Make your canine the envy of the whole neighborhood.