Dog Tag Crafts

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Dog Tag Crafts
Use dog tags for cool craft projects. (dog tags image by pearlguy from Fotolia.com)

It can be a great feeling to have someone compliment you on a project you've crafted by hand. Some projects can be completed easily with just a few household supplies, for a unique repurposed craft. If you have an old dog tag (or collection of them), put it to new use while honouring its symbolism with a dog tag craft.

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Bookmark

Make a simple but striking bookmark out of a dog tag and a giant paper clip (available online or at office supply stores). Separate the dog tag from the chain, then turn it facedown. Glue the paper clip to the dog tag and let dry. Your dog tag bookmark will keep a strong hold on your book's pages and remind you of the sacrifices our armed servicemen and women.

Photo Frame

Use a patriotic scrapbook paper print such as flags or camouflage to make a photo frame with an old dog tag. Find a frame that has slots for two pictures; dollar stores are a good place to purchase one. Slide the scrapbook paper behind the frame so the print shows in each slot. Glue or tape the dog tag onto one of the picture slots, then add a photo of your favourite soldier or sailor arriving home from a tour of duty, posing in a dress uniform or enjoying time with family in the other slot.

Brooch

If you've collected a number of dog tags over the years, display and wear them with pride by making a unique brooch. Take an old, round button pin (the big round kind that is often used to advertise political elections), then glue the dog tags along the outside rim of the button with their tops pointing in toward the centre of the pin. Continue in a circle, then glue one (or more, depending on the size of the button) to the centre for a dog tag flower pin.

Pendant

Leave the general shape of the dog tag as it is, but personalise it with a few craft supplies. Gather glitter, stickers, paint, a small photo, clear tape and regular white glue. Decorate the dog tag, using glue to secure the glitter and stickers permanently. Create logos of your favourite bands, spell out your name or initials or simply draw graphics such as flowers, smiley faces or lady birds.

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