This DIY dog tag craft for kids will show your playful pooch that they are definitely part of the family! Kids will love creating their own dog tags and then seeing those tags worn proudly by the family dog. This family craft is fun for kids of all ages with supervision. We are playfully renaming this website, Dogs Activities Blog for the next few minutes…

text: Personalized Shrinky Dink Dog Tags - finished dog tag craft shown on dog's collar - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make a dog tag for our pet!

DIY Dog Tag Craft for the Entire family

Today our family includes Petra and Kaylee and they are modeling our finished dog tags kids can make! We are taking a traditional shrinky dinks activity and customizing it for the function of a homemade dog tag.

These personalized dog tags are a fun way to give your dog’s collar a little pizzazz. Even the youngest family members can get involved with decorating the dog tag craft.

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Supplies Needed to Make a Dog Tag

Instructions for DIY Dog Tag Craft

Step 1 – Print Dog Tag Template

Dog tag template printed pdf shows 3 dog tag bone outlines - Kids Activities Blog
Print our free dog tag template!

Print our Dog Tag Template on plain paper.

Step 2 – Transfer Template to Plastic Sheet

Step 2 - DIY dog tag craft - transfer the printed dog tag template to plastic sheet
  1. Tape the printed dog tag template onto the plastic sheet.
  2. Use permanent markers to trace the outline of the dog tags.
  3. Color and decorate the tags.
  4. Be sure to add your pet’s name!

Step 3 – Cut Out Dog Tags

Cut around each dog tag and use the hole punch to add a hole to the top middle of the tags.

Step 4 – Bake in Oven

Follow the package directions for baking the Shrinky Dinks so that they will come to size.

Allow to cool completely and attach to your dog’s collar. 

Finished Dog Tag Craft

Finished dog tag craft in pink on dog's collar with name "Petra"
Petra loves her new dog tag!

Your dog tag will make a nice clickity-clickity sound.

Time for School Game as Told By Kaylee the Dog

Dog wearing a personalized DIY dog tag next to a dog toy and a copy of the movie, A Dog's Way Home - Dogs Activities Blog (Kids Activities Blog)
Let’s have some fun making a custom DIY dog tag for the family pet!

I just know that they make a nice clickity-clickity sound by my ears.

Since this is now “Dogs Activities Blog”, I think it is time to share my very, very, very favorite game of all time.  

Dog in car in carline
There is so much to see from the car!

I am lucky because it happens all the time.

I can always tell when it is about to happen because my mom and brother kid are rushing around the kitchen and getting things pushed and picked up and set down.  Their feet move very quickly.

And then I hear “time for school” and all three of us go out to the car

I sit in the front seat and look out the window just in case they need me for anything.  Andrew sits behind me and I will look back to make him giggle.

Dog falling asleep in car
It is exhausting riding in the car!

Then we get in a line of other cars.  I am sure every single car has a dog just like me.

At the front of the line, brother kid gets out with his backpack. 

I used to be sad when this happened, but now I know it is just part of this game because I go home and take a nap.

Dog taking nap at home
Home, sweet nap!

But when I wake up…

Mom and I pick up Andrew!

And I dance in the front seat and Andrew hugs me before he sits down and on the way home I think about all the games we will play…

DIY Dog Tag

DIY Dog Tag

You can make your very own dog tag. This DIY dog tag is easy to make and a great way to ensure your beloved furry pal will always be able to identified and brought home! Plus, these DIY dog tags are pretty cute!


  • Dog Tag Template
  • Printer paper
  • Tape
  • Alcohol-based permanent markers
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Shrinky Dink plastic sheets
  • Oven


  1. Print our dog tag template.
  2. Transfer the template to a plastic sheet.
  3. Cut out the dog tags.
  4. Bake in the oven.
  5. Allow to cool and attach to your dog's collar.

More Dog Fun from Dogs Activities Blog {giggle}

What names did you put on your homemade dog tags?

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  1. I love this and no hate intended…. But I noticed how long your doggos nails are…. That isn’t healthy for them…. Why do you keep your dogs nails that long? ??

  2. Oh, these are great dog DIY activities! I especially like the dog tags. I never thought about doing a shrinky dink dog tag. That could be done for special occasions, such as birthdays or holidays even. I LOVE IT!!! ??

    I’m sharing these great ideas with my dog friends. ???