DIY Lanyards and Nametags

The best (and most personal) way to kick off an event…

Regular Gift About Town readers know that I’m a sorority girl.  I’m also proud to be a little crafty.  So when my chapter president wanted to kick off our retreat with a fun get-to-know you game I volunteered to help.  

The concept: Flavor-flav style medallion lanyards cut out in one of our symbols (a rose).  

Materials needed:

  • Card stock (8 1/2 x 11 is best)
  • Ribbon (your color choice – one 15 foot roll makes about five lanyards)
  • A Decent Printer
  • A Hole Puncher
  • Colored Sharpie pens (my preference).

Here’s how you do it:


STEP 1: Choose your image and insert it into a blank document or presentation.  I chose a rose because it offered more writing space and is one of our sorority’s symbols.  After you insert the image use your “Format Picture” option to lighten the photo or wash it out.


IMG_0435STEP 2: Print copies of your image on card stock (available at any office supply store) then use scissors to cut it out (or if you’re a scrapbooker and have a  Cricut feel free to use it).  You may have to test out a few sizes before you settle on the perfect one.


STEP 3: Use your hole puncher to create a hole for your ribbon/lanyard and cut enough ribbon to comfortably allow the lanyard to fit over a person’s head.  After you’ve inserted your ribbon tie a knot and you’re done!


TEAM-BUILDING EXERCISE: Since we used the name tags for a team-building exercise, we also created a key so that sorors would be able to fill out their name tags when they arrived at the retreat.  That’s where the colored sharpies come in.


Be Inspired.


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Because sometimes you just want a cool Christian tee…

My life is divided into four pretty equal quadrants: 1) God  2) Family & Friends 3) Sorority Life 4) Teen Ministry (with other ministries coming a close second to them).

When it comes to giving gifts, I’ve got it down to a science but teens are much harder.  The older I get the younger they get and to add insult to injury I’m not as app-savvy or snapchat-worthy as I would like to be.  Suffice it to say that finding the perfect gift of a teen growing in God is a challenge.

So I hit a gold mine when I discovered Beacon Threads.  Beacon Threads is a Christian-based brand on a mission to give the world a makeover by sharing light and love. Through clothing, Beacon Threads offers a trendy way believers can share God’s love or us and their faith with others.

I happen to go to church with the owners (and I still actually work with one of them).  They’re just as cool as their shirts and their boys, who are often featured on their Facebook page, are totes adorbs.


I recently gifted their Child of God shirt to one of my teens for her birthday and she was wearing it the next time that I saw her.  


Search over, perfect gift for teens found.

Be Inspired and Check out Beacon Threads.

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