Hey Creative Home readers!

We’re excited to share a back-to-school project with you that’s cute AND practical, our DIY backpack tag:


You see, it’s my oldest child’s first year of school, and since I’m new to how this all works, I wanted to be sure that my 3-year old (entering preschool) will be prepared to find his backpack if it’s ever lost.

I’ve seen some cute backpack tags made from luggage tags, but a lot of them have too much personal information on them (like an address or phone number) and since he’s not taking any major classes with expensive equipment, I just want to make sure his beloved Buzz Lightyear backpack makes it back to his classroom –so I whipped up a backpack tag that you can easily make yourself with just a few supplies!


You’ll need a 2×5″ x 3.5″ self-seal laminating pouch, 2 circle reinforcement labels, a business card size printable (courtesy of us and coming to you in multiple options next week on the blog!) a pair of scissors and hole punch. Easy so far, right? (;


It was a snap to put together, promise!

  1. Cut out printable.
  2. Press a round reinforcement label on the less clear side of the laminating pouch (don’t worry if it’s crooked the first time as the pouches are repositionable… okay as I’m typing this up I realize you can just stick that sucker in the center of the each of the prints, which is way easier! Ha!)
  3. Press front (the side with the letter) on the less clear side of the laminating pouch.
  4. Place back (the side with your students info) on top of the back (you can dab a smidgen of glue between the tags to keep them from shuffling while putting the tag together) and simply close the pouch.
  5. Remove the yellow pouch strip, punch the hole and tie your ribbon through.
  6. That’s it, a personalized backpack tag that’s not too personal:


My little guy doesn’t start school for another 2 weeks but is darn excited to wear his backpack with “special thing” already! I snapped a quick shot of him practicing tracing letters in a preschool coloring book sportin’ his new backpack tag.


What I like about these tags is the direct information; besides the student’s name and school information, it reminds the teacher (or other school staff if he wanders) how he comes home. We live close to his school so he will ride his strider bike home (with me) each day.

I created a handful of other printables for you to choose, depending on if your child(ren) are walkers, carpoolers, bus riders, daycare riders or, like mine, a bike rider. (Note: The full set of free printables is coming to our blog next week -and in a pink color option- so be sure to check back for those!)

In the meantime, you can catch up with us on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest for other fun back-to-school treats and projects. Enjoy the rest of your summer!