Monday, July 2, 2012

DIY Name Tags

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This Name Tag craftivity is a great way to get to know your students during the first week of school, as well as have a lasting, unique nameplate for the rest of the year.

Items to Gather:

  • plain white paper
  • magazines
  • glue
  • scissors
  • laminator


Step 1:  Cut a piece of plain white paper to 3 inches by 8.5 inches.

Step 2:  Pass out one white paper strip to each student.  They also will need the glue, scissors, and one magazine.

Step 3:  Instruct students to cut out words from the magazine(s) that represent themselves or things that they like.  The students should ONLY cut out words.

Step 4: Arrange the words collage style on the strip of paper.

Step 5:  When the strips are complete, place a small piece of paper with the name of the student in the center of the strip (over top of the words they cut out). 

Step 6: Laminate and cut out.  Then place on the student's box or desk.

Other Tips/Suggestions:

I like to use the hard lamination. This ensures that the name tags last all year.  These do take a while to complete.  I usually set aside about an hour for two days to get these done.  I really like the students to be reflective about these and giving them time allows for that.


  1. Love this activity, Stephanie!
    Thanks for posting it.
    Ann Marie Smith @ Innovative Connections

  2. What a great activity for the beginning of the year! I will definitely be doing this activity! I am in love with your blog and all the fabulous ideas. I am your newest follower. I just started my own blog. Please visit when you get a chance, and follow if you like.

  3. I love this idea. I used to do something similar with a T-shirt pattern as a background, but the students had to write the words on them (a Positive Discipline activity). The students had to share the information in our Class Meeting time but if they used the words from the magazines and took time to complete them, it would be more meaningful.


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