Last week we bought a Clementine box. I couldn't throw the box away, I knew I had to do something with it. So I decided to make name tag necklaces for my children and at the same time I get to practice working on my Dremel.
Here is what I used to do the necklaces:
- Thin wood, three pieces about 1X2 inches each
- A rotary tool and an engraving bit
- Wood stain
- Nail polish (3 colors)
- Wood protector clear color
- Paint brushes
- Felt cords and beads
- Safety glasses
- 3 children (this is optional)
Step 1: How to Make the Tag
I started by writing the names in MS Word and spent a long time deciding which Font to use. Finally each kid selected the font that they like.
I printed the names using different sizes to select the that fits the best.
I traced the names on the wood blank and engraved the names using the Dremel. I had to scrap few blanks until I got the engraving right.
By the way all this time choosing the font was for nothing, they all turned out like my hand writing LOL
Once I was satisfied with the names, I took the Dremel and the electric sander and shaped the tag and rounded the corners then drilled holes for the cord on the top corners.
Next, I applied wood stain, one coat only and I was very careful not to stain the engraved name. Wait about 30 minutes before the next step to give the stain time to dry.
Then using a very thin brush, I colored the names using nail polish. This took a while because I didn't want to paint outside the lines and ruin the tag. I did not think to close the nail polish container so the fumes made me a very happy man after 20 minutes.
Then I connected the felt cord and the beads. I applied crazy glue on the knots so they don't come undone.
The last thing was the clear coat.
Let it dry overnight.
This was a fun a project to do and it didn't take a long time.
Hope you enjoyed it, until next time.