ID Badge Lanyard!

1/07/2013 / 14 comments
I'm linking up with Tara's Monday Made It, a first for me and one that I have always wanted to do!

We have always had photo ID's at my school but we have never really been required to wear them. For safety reasons we are attempting to make it a habit this year. I have a lanyard from school but I really wanted to make my own. You see I have a bit of a jewelry problem...much like nails and clothes and shoes I am obsessed!! The traditional lanyard was cramping my style!

I have oodles of beads in my room - seriously, tons! I have all mine, plus the ones I inherited from my dear sis Kristen when she stopped beading a few years back. So yesterday I dragged out all my bead boxes and drawers and scrounged until I found the perfect colors!

Here is a close-up of the bottom part:
And here is the whole lanyard:
I decided to keep the fancy part down at the bottom, so it won't be distracting with whatever necklace I am wearing that day. I adore butterflies, so those were a must! I added a few gray beads, a few clear ones, and of course some pearl beads. (One must always have their pearls!) I added a lobster claw hook to hang my ID from and I was done!
I tried it out today and it worked great! Well, let me rephrase that, first I got it stuck to the desk and my ID went flying off. Then my first graders grabbed at it and it fell off again. After all that I desperately jammed my badge back through the opening and squeezed the top and bottom of the claw tightly together. (It had gotten separated from all that snagging and tugging.) After that all was well. It managed to survive Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop and 4 Intervention blocks. I think it will be successful after all!

Do you have ID badges at your school? How do you display yours?

14 comments:

  1. Welcome Melissa!!!!! So glad you linked up and JOY, your the sis of one of my bloggy buds?! Yeah!!! I'm clicking to follow you as soon as I finish this comment! LOVE your lanyard!!!! Seriously love it! You should sell them..hint, hint:) Thanks for linking up:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

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    1. Thanks Tara! I have heard Kris talk about them for ages and I vowed I would join once I finally started blogging! They always look like so much fun!My coworkers were asking me the same thing...hmmm maybe I will!

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  2. Love your lanyard! I have a fab purple and gold (Geaux Tigers!) blingy one that I wear. Does NOT coordinate with all my outfits, but it's fun! Yours looks great.

    Megan
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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    1. Thanks Megan! Ooh yours sounds pretty! (Of course anything with bling in it sounds good to me!)

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  3. Very cute! You are so fashionably crafty!!! ;O)

    Our name badges are silver plates that have magnets so we can't really use pretty lanyards because they don't stay on right. (booooooooooooooooooo!) We get to stick them on our clothes (when we remember, but I hardly every do.) It is NOT a fashion statement (or maybe it is, but not a good one!)!

    Hope you had a good day back!!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. Aw thanks Amanda! No lanyards, that is not fun! At least silver is a chic color! ;)

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  4. We are required to wear ID badges now, for the same reasons. I have a bright purple and white lanyard since those are our school colors. I love how your lanyard is stylish AND matches everything. Well done!!

    Young Daze in 5th Grade

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    1. Ooh purple is a great color! Thanks Mrs. Young, I think my coworkers think I am nuts, but I am happy with it!

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  5. Lol, it looks fantastic and I am glad you got it to work. I used to ALWAYS use a lanyard but I got some nice fun necklace this year and I got tired of getting it snagged on everything and I switched to the belt hook thing. I like it so far.

    If I switch back I'll keep this idea in mind.
    Melissa

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I truly thought it would not survive the morning so I am glad it worked out. I have a clip too, but it is hard to find some place to clip it when you wear a skirt!

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  6. Wow! You are so fashionably crafty! I love it. I agree with everyone above- sell them :)

    Elizabeth

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