It’s hard to say goodbye to the long, lazy days of summer. Vacations, endless play dates, afternoons at the pool, playing outside well past dark, late bedtimes — it’s pretty much the stuff of a kid’s dreams.

Though going back to school means the end all those things, there’s also something exciting about the start of a new school year. As a kid, I always loved the ritual of back to school: reconnecting with friends, shopping for school supplies and showing off my snazzy new wardrobe.

Back to School Crafts: DIY Chalkboard Dog Tag  Necklaces

Here’s a fun little back to school craft, sponsored by DecoArt (where I’m a member of the core blogger team), to help send your little ones back to class in style.

These chalkboard necklaces were my inspiration:



My chalkboard dog tag necklaces are so easy to make using chalkboard paint and craft paint, and I love that you can personalize them with whatever message you like.

Items needed:

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Back to School Crafts: DIY Chalkboard Dog Tag  Necklaces

Instructions:

Back to School Crafts: DIY Chalkboard Dog Tag  Necklaces

  • Begin by painting the wooden tags with chalkboard paint. Apply two coats, allowing to dry about an hour between coats. Paint both sides of your wooden tags.
  • Apply two coats of neon paint to the wooden sunglasses die. Turn and paint the other side.
  • Once chalkboard paint has dried, rub the entire surface with the side of a piece of chalk to condition it, then erase.
  • Use a chalkboard marker to decorate and personalize your dog tags on both sides
  • Embellish the wooden sunglasses with self-adhesive rhinestones or jewels. You may want to use craft glue for extra durability.
  • Assemble the necklace by sliding dog tags, sunglasses and charm onto the ball chain, cording or thin ribbon. You may need to use jump rings or split rings for your charms.

Back to School Crafts: DIY Chalkboard Dog Tag  Necklaces

You have so many options when making these dog tag necklaces. I love combining the chalkboard tags with the neon sunglasses.

But I’m guessing NO kid in school these days will get my Timbuk3 song lyric reference. Sigh! Were the 80s really that long ago?

Back to School Crafts: DIY Chalkboard Dog Tag  Necklaces

I love the idea of layering several dog tags onto one necklace.

Back to School Crafts: DIY Chalkboard Dog Tag  Necklaces

Kinda like an add-a-bead necklace. (There I go with another 80s reference!)

If blingy shades aren’t your kid’s style, you can always just make a chalkboard dog tag necklace without any extras.

Back to School Crafts: DIY Chalkboard Dog Tag  Necklaces

Boys can wear dog tags, too, or use them as zipper pulls on their backpack.

If you like this project, don’t forget to pin it.

 



Back to School Crafts: DIY Chalkboard Dog Tag  Necklaces

Disclosure: I received compensation for sharing a back-to-school craft idea using DecoArt products. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.



Comments

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  2. creative . Thanks for joining the Small victories Sunday linkup. Please join again. Pinned to the group board.
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