Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: name tags
Re: name tags
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 15:45:24 EST
On 2/11 Terence Lynch posed a question about name tags.
Our Webelos Woodsman lead trainer makes nametags for all of his staff. I used
his process to make name tags for all of our scouts.
1. Make a paper strip with the name and any desired graphics. This can be
done easily with your computer and printer. Strip size will be governed by
the size of your backing strip. The rough cut paper should be larger than the
2. The backing strip is a 3" to 4" long piece of min-blind slat. You can get
these from a custom blind store, or watch for one that someone is throwing
out. One blind has enough material for hundreds of nametags. I like to clip
the corners back about 1/16" to 1/8" to eliminate the pointy corners.
3. Mark the back of the paper strip very lightly where the edge of the blank
will go, to assure proper centering. Place the paper face down.
4. Place a piece of double-stick tape (the kind that is thin like Magic tape)
on the convex side of the blind strip.
5. Line up the edge of the blind strip with the mark on the paper strip, and
press the blind onto the paper.
6. Use a razor blade or xacto knife to trim the paper flush with the edge of
the blind strip.
7. Cover the front of the strip with a clear packing tape. I prefer the 3-M
because it really is clear, and it's a little heavier than the no-name brands.
This is probably the trickiest step, because the tape tends to not want to lay
flat, and gets bubbles if you aren't careful. Practice a little first. trim
the tape so its about 1/8" bigger all around than the blind strip, and fold
over onto the back. This seals the edges. You have to make some cuts at the
corners so it will stick down flat on the back.
8. Hot-glue on a pin back. The originals used a clasp-type pin. I think
these are somewhat unstable - the finished tag tends to not hang straight. I
use 2-ribbon military clutch back bars that I get at the local Army-Navy store
for about 50 cents.
I did a dozen about a half hour. There are lots of ways to fancy them up.
Add glitter paint after the paper is attached, before putting the packing tape
on. The originals for Webelos Woodsman staff have the first layer a swatch of
webelos neckerchief, then the paper is just large enough for the name and
small graphic so the plaid shows all around the name.
Our district has used the same general technique for specialty pins for
Roundtable attendance, Klondike Derby Staff, etc.
There's already enough stuff to sew on the uniform - you don't need to sew
nametags. My son still wears his troop nametag which is now 5 years old.
FWIW, I also used the military ribbon bars for my lodge flaps - sew the top
edge of the flap to a 3-ribbon bar, and one flap works for all your uniforms.
Easy on, easy off. The flap doesn't go through the laundry every time, and it
doesn't bunch up the pocket flap after multiple washings when the flap would
shrink. One flap on one bar for the last 8 years.
My son still wears his troop nametag which is now 5 years old.