10 DIY Easy Dog Tags You Can Make at Home

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There’s nothing more frightening than having a pet get lost — especially if they’re out in the world with nothing linking them back to you. While we’re big fans of microchipping for just this sort of occurrence, having a physical dog tag is a smart idea, too.

Unfortunately, buying an ID tag can be expensive. That’s not going to be a problem for you, though, because with the ideas below, you’re sure to find the perfect DIY dog tag for you and your pooch.

1. Martha Stewart Dog Tag

You had to know that do-it-all queen Martha Stewart would have the perfect idea for homemade dog tags, right?

These are remarkably easy to create, too, as they involve downloading a template to your computer, then simply cutting along the dotted line.

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Computer, printer, scissors, hole punch, clear-coat spray

2. Instructables Dog Tag

These tags from Instructables are as low-tech as it gets. Luckily, they’re as adorable as it gets, too.

They really add a touch of home to your dog’s collar, so if your pup gets lost, anyone who finds him will know that someone who truly loves him is waiting at home for him.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Polystyrene plastic, metal hoop, hole punch, parchment paper, scissors, fine-tip markers, scissors, toaster oven

3. Lia Griffith’s Dog Tag Idea

Lia Griffith’s DIY method is remarkably similar to Martha Stewart’s — and that can only be a compliment.

These offer you a few more style and font options, though, so you can find one that truly matches your mutt’s personality.

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Scissors, white shrink film, hole punch, oven, computer, printer

4. SheKnows DIY Easy Dog Tag

For something a little more durable than laminated paper, there’s these metal-stamped tags from SheKnows.

They take a little more work, but the result is a beautiful, resilient tag that will last a lifetime.

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Skills Needed: Metal stamping, basic crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Metal and rubber stamping block, metal hole punch, brass discs, letter stamps, steel wool, permanent marker, hammer

5. Dog Idea by Creative Green Living

If you have existing dog tags that need updating or just a little sprucing up, consider this method from Creative Green Living.

When finished, they look like professionally-done enamel tags — and they’re even water-resistant to boot.

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Skills Needed: Advanced crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Dog tag, ink pad, nail file, foam brush, craft knife, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge finish, Dimensional Magic epoxy, alphabet stamps

6. Thirtysomethingsupermom’s Dog Tag Idea

This method from Thirtysomethingsupermom has a ton of personality and it’s eco-friendly, as it uses upcycled items to make creative tags.

Seriously, your options are only as limited as your imagination, so go crazy and create something wild!

Difficulty Level: Varies

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Varies

7. Modern Dog Magazine Easy Dog Tag

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These cool tags from Modern Dog Magazine make a great temporary solution if you’re on vacation or planning to move around a bit in the upcoming months.

They can be made in just minutes, too, so there’s no excuse for letting Fido wander around without his ID.

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Computer, printer, card stock, scissors, hole punch, tape

8. uPet Dog Tag 

These metal tags from uPet are as durable as they are snazzy, and they’re sure to attract attention to your dog’s collar — which is exactly what you want if he gets lost.

They require a little more elbow grease than some other options, but the end result is worth every drop of sweat.

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Skills Needed: Metal punching, basic crafts

Tools Necessary: Metal punch set, metal blanks, steel bench block, hammer, charms, industrial glue, sharpie

9. An Easy Dog Tag by Design Sponge

This rustic, no-nonsense model from Design Sponge is perfect for dogs that would never dream of putting on airs.

The final product is elegant and durable while immediately making a statement — and that statement is likely, “Please help me, I’m lost but friendly.”

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Skills Needed: Basic leatherworking, basic crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Leather, leather press, pencil, damp cloth, key ring, leather hole punch, drafting tape, matte finish spray paint, scissors, paper, stencil template, hammer

10. Fizzy Pops’ Easy-to-Make Dog Tag

These bottle cap-style tags from Fizzy Pops are sure to draw attention, while also suggesting that your dog got lost because he had too much to drink.

The biggest issue we can find with these is that your friends will all want you to make some for their dogs.

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Skills Needed: Intermediate crafts skills

Tools Necessary: Swivel clasps, flat bottle cap pendants, epoxy stickers, E6000 glue, hole punch, computer, printer

Most Stylish IDs Ever

If you make any of the tags on this list, you’ll guarantee that your dog has a one-of-a-kind accessory around his neck, while also increasing the likelihood that he’ll return to you if he gets lost.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to us — but will your dog thank you? No, he will not (unless you consider unconditional love thanks enough, we guess…).

Featured Image Credit: Stacie, Flickr