Follow our free dog tags how-tos to make your own dog tag!
Kenzie, pictured with her mom and dog, Kodak, had this to say: “I got a clam shell and traced it on a piece of paper; and then I got a hole puncher and colored the tag the way I wanted to!!!”
You could also just scrounge a blank metal or plastic disc or tag or reuse an old one and add particulars.
Below is another idea sent in by Emma from England who says, “All my dogs have this ID tag and it’s so simple!
Emma’s Dog Tag Instructions
- Suitable size bottle lid for your dog
- Permanent marker
- Very sharp scissors
- Metal ring to attach to collar
- Get the scissors and cut the edges off the lid so it’s just a plastic circle.
- Write anything you wish to write on it using the permanent marker.
- Drill a hole at the top.
- Attach the metal ring to it.
- Put it on your dog’s collar.”
Home Made Dog ID Tag
by K from Hong Kong
First let me go over what you need:
1. Computer and Printer or Paper and pen
2. Laminator (go to local bookshop)*
3. Ribbon or chain
It’s really simple:
1. Choose your design of the tag (bone)
2. Draw it or find a picture of it
3. Write inside of it your dog’s name, your name, and phone numbers
If you are using a computer print it out
5. Create a hole somewhere with a needle
6. Chain or tie the ribbon to your dog’s harness/collar
* You can use clear packing tape to enclose the tag instead of laminating it…
Jo’s Double-Sided Free Dog Tags
Thanks Emma, Kenzie and K! To provide more detailed information about your dog, make your free dog tags double-sided as described below.
Each side takes about 30 minutes to complete, but drying time can be several hours to several days unless you use a blow dryer. Clear quick set epoxy could be used; however you’d have to work fast.
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- A small knife, screwdriver or object for spreading the epoxy
- A pointy object like a toothpick, smaller screwdriver, punch or drill
- A fine point pen or computer and printer
- White or colored paper
- Any shape piece of blank metal or plastic with rounded edges between 1×1 inches (25x25mm) and 2×1 1/2 inches (38mm)
- Or an existing or old dog tag
- A metal ring to attach the tag to the collar
- Some epoxy (preferred) or other good glue
- Note: We used ACE Quick Set Epoxy from ACE Hardware in the U.S. It mixes easily and takes at least 10 minutes to dry so there’s enough time to work with it before it sets. It’s clear and has a high strength factor.
- A clean plastic lid you would be discarding anyway
- A piece of waxed paper (can take the liner from a cereal box)
PREPARING THE DISC TO MAKE YOUR FREE DOG TAGS
- If you have a tag with no hole, drill a hole in it for the ring
- Wash and dry the tag so it will take the glue properly
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRINTING AND CUTTING
- The information you put on the tag is up to you – we added his name, our first and last names, two phone numbers, and our website. We also added “I have a chip” “I growl but don’t bite” and “I am a cat chaser”
- You may use more than one font/lettering size. Comet’s tag was done in Times New Roman, font sizes from 9 to 5
- Experiment with the best fit. To save paper, try several combinations of lettering on the page before printing
- If you’re writing by hand, put the dog tag underneath your paper and rub lightly along the edges to outline the area to write in
- Then write out the information
- Cut around the area with scissors. (It’s better to cut too big than too small)
- Try the piece on your dog tag and do final trimming as needed
- Put the piece of paper aside where it will stay clean and dry
GLUING THE INFO TO THE DOG TAG – FIRST SIDE
- To begin with, mix just a little of the epoxy on the plastic lid.
- Apply epoxy evenly to the back of your piece of paper to soak it in.
- After the paper is a uniform color, carefully place it on the tag.
- With the edge of your knife or mixing tool, tamp the paper flat to avoid bubbles. The top of the paper should start to saturate with epoxy.
- Mix up more epoxy, enough to cover the surface of the tag about 1/10 inch (1 mm) deep.
- Work the excess into any part of the paper not yet soaked.
- Spread the epoxy all the way out to the edge to make a good seal.
Tip: Don’t worry if you get epoxy in the hole of the tag: After the epoxy has set up a bit poke it out with a toothpick, screwdriver, or punch. You can always drill it out later too.
- Set the tag aside to dry on a piece of waxed paper. This may take an hour or two on a warm, breezy day. If it’s cold out, try to dry near a warm indoor source
- Protect from dust, etc. while it’s drying.
- When dry,repeat instructions for adding information to the other side.
- Once that is dry and you have poked any epoxy out of the hole, slip the ring through the tag and attach it to your dog’s collar
That’s all there is to making your own free dog tags!
Check the tag from time to time to make sure the epoxy has not worn off and that the writing is still clear. If need be, scrape off the old epoxy, clean and dry it and make a new tag.
P.S. Comet’s free dog tag remained readable for several years before we had to redo it.