A pet identification (ID) tag prevents your favorite animal from being lost forever if it wanders away from home. The person who finds the animal will see your contact information on the ID tag and use it to get in touch with you. If you are the creative type or wish to save money, make pet ID tags rather than ordering them or printing them at a store. Attach a tag to the collar of each household pet and rest assured that the animal will be returned to you if it becomes lost.
You will need:
• Shrinkable plastic for an ink jet printer
• Color ink jet printer
• Paint software program (Ex: Paintbrush for Mac, Microsoft Paint for PC)
• Clear glaze
• Standard sized hole punch
• Metal ring
• Aluminum foil
• Conventional or toaster oven
Step 1: Use the paint software to design the pet ID tag. Get creative, selecting a fish shape for a cat or a bone shape for a dog. Add color to fill in the shape but use a light color because the color will darken when heated. Make the design larger than the desired tag size because the plastic will shrink when heated.
Step 2: Add text to the design including the pet’s name and your telephone number. Include a phone number on which you can be reached anytime such as a cell phone number.
Step 3: Use the ink jet printer to print the design onto a printable plastic sheet.
Step 4: Cut out the tag with the scissors.
Step 5: Use the hole punch to create two to three connected holes at the top of the tag. This will form one large hole once the tag is heated.
Step 6: Place the ID tag on a sheet of aluminum foil and put it into the oven. Follow the heating instructions on the package of shrinkable plastic because heating times and temperatures vary. The tag will curl and shrink during heating but pay attention to ensure that it does not overheat and become ruined.
Step 7: Remove the tag from the oven and let it cool. Use the paintbrush to cover the front and back of the tag with clear glaze as a preservative. Follow the drying instructions on the glaze container.
Step 8: Thread the metal ring through the hole in the ID tag and secure the tag to the collar of the pet.