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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 5, 2004 - Issue 114


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Backpack Key Chain


Not only is it important to put a nametag on your backpack, it's also a good idea to tag musical instruments, sports equipment carryalls like golf club bags or roller skate bags, purses and luggage when you take trips. Can you think of other good uses for your nametag?

What You Need:

How To Make It

  • Clear Plastic Key Chain (save paper insert for pattern)
  • White Watercolor Paper
  • Paint Jewels (we used): Sapphire, Turquoise, Amethyst, Emerald, Berry Quartz
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Fine-Tip Permanent Maker (your choice of color)

  • Trace the paper insert that came with the key chain onto watercolor paper twice and cut out.

  • Put the two pieces together so that the slanted corners match. Make a light pencil mark on each side so you’ll know which sides to paint.

  • Squeeze the Paint Jewels directly from the bottle to drip, dot or draw your design on both sides of the nametag. Remember that one side of the nametag will have a 2 ¼-inch x 1 ½-inch white nameplate glued to its center., so paint the area around the nameplate. Tip: To get a smeary watercolor effect, drop dots of several paint colors onto the paper (not to thick) and let dry for about two minutes. Use a finger or paper towel to wipe off. Let paint dry completely.

  • Cut a 2 ¼-inch x 1 ½-inch rectangle from white watercolor paper for the nameplate. Use a marker to write your name and phone number on the nameplate and glue it centered to one side of the nametag.

  • When the paint is completely dry, put the front and back pieces of the nametag together, matching slanted corners, and slide into the key chain. Attach to your backpack.

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