Although my son is super-social and outgoing, I wanted to help him to reach out and make some new friends this year. I decided to make some quick backpack charms that he could give out to new friends.
1.5 inch wooden discs
Ball link keychains
Mod Podge or other adhesive
Crop-a-dile II Big Bite (optional)
1.5 inch circle punch (optional)
I had some 1.5 inch wooden discs left over from another project. I bought them online at Amazon but you can find them at craft stores.
First, I painted one side of the discs in one of the school's colors. This will be the back of the disc. While it was drying, I manipulated an image of one of my favorite children's book characters and printed out a sheet of the image repeated several times in the size I needed. I used the circle punch to punch out the images. I ended up adding a little color with markers. The downside of adding color and using a color ink jet printer is that the color ran a little when I mod-podged it on. Once the paint on the wooden discs was dry, I used the Crop-a-dile to gently punch holes in the wooden discs. I then mod-podged the paper circles onto the discs. On the colored side of the disc, I wrote the school name and the school year dates with a Sharpie. I ended up putting the discs back through the Crop-a-dile to punch the hole through the paper. Finally, I added the ball chain keychain. I got a pack of 28 of them at Joann's.
While they aren't the most professional looking items I have ever done, I think they will be fun items for my son to trade at school. Maybe I'll make a new one each year!
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