Keeping Track of Children’s Backpacks with Backpack Tags

It was back to school again for my three older children today. I decided this year to create some backpack tags for ALL my children, to attach to their backpacks.   Last year I created some for the youngest children, and found it was wonderful for helping them find their backpacks in the huge pile that would inevitably get dumped in the school yard at the beginning and ending of the day while the children would play on the playground.  Several times last year my older son ended up with the wrong back pack because someone else accidentally grabbed his.  That’s why this year I made them for all of them.

With 5 children, and a multitude of other Back to School projects I was making, I wanted something quick and easy, yet durable.  I opted to use a patterned paper by Creative Imaginations and some stickers for the actual embellishing.  Now I have to say, I’m not typically a sticker user, but recently I have been falling in love with them because they are so quick and easy to use, and they come in so many gorgeous designs. 

I used trading card sleeves to protect them (which you can buy at pretty much any place that sells any kind of trading cards), and then I bought split rings and key chain clips to turn them into tags.  You can see a full supply list below.  Paper Crafter’s Library members can view the video and download the handout in our Altered Art & Mixed Media Category.  If you are not a member, you can read about the full benefits HERE.


Paper: Studio Basics 101 (Creative Imaginations)
Accessories: Alphadots Black with Silver stickers (Stampendous), School stickers (Mary Engelbreit #8420), Trading Card Sleeves, acrylic graph ruler, tweezers, pencil, Crop-a-dile, split rings (dollar store), key chain clip (dollar store)

3 replies on “Keeping Track of Children’s Backpacks with Backpack Tags”

  1. I like these very much. I have always considered doing backpack tags for my kids (and my students, as I teach grade 3), but have never done so because I couldn’t think of how to protect them. I never thought to use the individual trading card pouches! Thanks so much for the inspiration 🙂

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