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July 19-21, 2017, NECC (Shanghai), China

How to Make Kids' Necklaces--Military Dog Tags

2016-08-04

These dog tags aren't for dogs! They're ID tags like the metal ones American soldiers wear. In this craft activity, you can make your own military dog tags just like the real ones. Cool!

What You'll Need:

  • Pencil or pen
  • Aluminum pie pan
  • Ruler
  • Work gloves
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Paper clip
  • Hole punch
  • 18 inches of ball chain

You must have an adult help you with this project. Use a pencil or pen point to mark two 1-1/2x2-1/4-inch rectangles on the flat portion of the pie tin.

Wearing work gloves, cut out the tags with scissors. Trim the corners of the tags diagonally to make a pair of octagons.

Have an adult use the pliers to bend back the edges of the tags about 1/8 inch. Fold corners first, then tops and bottoms, and then the sides.

Again wearing your work gloves, place each tag right-side up on a hard surface and use the ruler to gently smooth the edges of the tags by rubbing the ruler along all the folded-down edges. (Have the adult check to make sure there are no sharp edges remaining.)

Now it's time to emboss your initials on the tags with the end of a paper clip. Place the tags on a soft surface, such as a stack of newspaper, and use just enough pressure to raise the letters without poking through the aluminum. Punch a hole in each tag 1/4 inch from the top.

String your tags, back sides together, onto the ball chain. Wear your tags with pride!

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