Free Dog Tags

Follow our free dog tags instructions 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 blankmetalorplasticdisc or tag or reuse an old one and add particulars.

Below is another another ideasent in byEmma from Englandwho says, All my dogs have this ID tag and itsso simple!

Get the scissors and cut the edges off the lid so its just a plastic circle.

Write anything you wish to write on it using the permanent marker.

1. Computer and Printer or Paper and pen

2. Laminator (go to local bookshop)*

1. Choose your design of the tag (bone)

3. Write inside of it your dogs 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 dogs harness/collar

* You can use clear packing tape to enclose the tag instead of laminating it…

Thanks Emma, Kenzie and K! To provide more detailed information about your dog, make your free dog tagsdouble-sidedas described below.

Each side takes about 30 minutes to complete, butdrying timecan be severalhoursto severaldaysunless you use a blow dryer.

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

Any shape piece of blank metal or plastic with rounded edges between 1×1 inches (25x25mm) and 2×1 1/2 inches (38mm)

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 theres enough time to work with it before it sets. Its 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)



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 dont bite and I am a cat chaser

You may use more than one font/lettering size. Comets 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 youre writing by hand, put the dog tag underneath your paper and rub lightly along the edges to outline the area to write in

Cut around the area with scissors. (Its 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


Note: Please remember to follow the manufacturer recommendations to use the epoxy in a

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: Dont 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 its cold out, try to dry near a warm indoor source

Protect from dust, etc. while its drying.

When dry,repeat instructions for adding information to the

Once that is dry and you have poked any epoxy out of the hole, slip the ring through the tag and

Thats all there is to making your own free dog tags!Check the tagfrom 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. Comets free dog tag remained readable for several years before we had to redo it.

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