Friday, March 16, 2012

Hello, my name is...?

It's been a few months now since my MOPS group threw together their 2011/2012 nametags.  So it's high time we shared a few of 'em with you.  TADA! 

MOPS is an organization of moms who help other moms weather the craziness of, you guessed it, motherhood.  And since my transition into good old fashioned motherhood has sometimes felt kind of awkward, I am truly full of gratitude for the varsity moms at my local MOPS group.

In my local branch we toss the kiddos over to child care professionals in order to get some uninterrupted mommy time.  It's totally fabulous, like going to the salon without the kids.  I mean, I love spending time with my babies, but sometimes I'm a better mom when I get a break from them. And in MOPS we like to make the meetings a special occasion. So, for this year's round of nametags, I was aiming for something that would feel like a little step up from this:

Somewhere in the great Pinterest abyss I ran across a groovy necklace idea.  Behold...

We tweaked it here and there, so here's some step-by-step action.

Step 1: We started off with a 2-inch washer that has a 1/4 inch hole in the middle.  This little demo was done using one of our newest members, Darci.  She shuffled through a stack of printed scrapbook paper and found one that was just her style.  Then she traced the shape of the washer onto the paper.

Step 2:  Cut out the outer and inner circles.

Step 3: Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the washer.

Step 4: Place the paper over the Mod Podge, pretty printed side up.  Darci used her fingers to smoth the paper and the edges down evenly, leaving no lumps or bubbles.

Step 5:  Paint another thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper.

Step 6:   Darci sifted through a large container of alphabet beads and found her name.  She glued them in place with Tacky glue (the Mod Podge does not have to be dry for this step).  Then she added some sequens around the edges for a touch of bling.

Step 7:  Loop a piece of suede cording through the inner hole.  Our group decided to decorate the strips with a few colorful beads, and alphabet beads showing the letters of each of our kiddos.  Darci's little one's name starts with a C, and she put a heart bead for her number 2 kiddo because she doesn't know the name yet (it's due in just a few more months.)

Step 8:  Put a little knot over the beads on each strand, and, of course, around the end of them where they meet.  Here's Darci modeling her new nametag, along with her lovely baby bump.

Hope it helps for anyone on the look out for some creative name tag ideas.



  1. these are so cute! seriously considering using this idea for our mops group in a few weeks. did you have any trouble with the letter beads falling off after a few wearings?

    1. Thanks Brooke! No, no falling letters or beads at all. Tacky glue really is the best. These necklaces took a beading for a whole MOPS season, and I don't recall anyone needing any repairs. Hope it helps! CM

  2. Hi! I would love to do this for Mops name tags this year. Where did you find the 2" washers? Thanks! Meghan

    1. I had to do a little searching around for them. Home Depot's hardware aisle had a good selection, but not quite the size I was after. Then someone at Harbor Freight told me about a specialty hardware store where I live. I stopped by and found an abundance of washer sizes. They were super cheap, like, 10 cents each maybe. And the owner donated them when I told her how they would be used. So check around for specialty hardware stores in your area. All the best!

  3. This is actually my project! I am happy to share. :)