How to Make Backpack Charms with Rigid Wrap


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The kids will be back to school soon, so help them deck out their backpacks with cute and totally customizable DIY Backpack Charms made with Rigid Wrap! It's easy to make them in any shape. DIY Backpack Charms are such a fun project for kids to make! Get the full project tutorial in this post.

Supplies Needed for DIY Backpack Charms

  • Rigid Wrap plaster cloth
  • Small bowl of water
  • Cardboard (we used an empty cereal box)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Jump rings
  • Key ring hooks
  • Acrylic paints in colors of your choice
  • Paint brush
  • Pliers
  • Optional: Mod Podge
  • Optional: Drill

It's easy to make DIY Backpack Charms with a few simple supplies, including Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth!

How to Make DIY Backpack Charms

Begin by drawing or tracing a desired shape onto a piece of cardboard. We freehand drew our shapes, but you could download clip art online, print, and trace, if you prefer.

It's easy to make DIY Backpack Charms in any shape!

Cut out the shapes.

It's easy to make DIY Backpack Charms in any shape you like!

Cut several small strips of Rigid Wrap.

It's easy to make DIY Backpack Charms with Rigid Wrap from ACTÍVA Products.

Dip a piece of Rigid Wrap in the water and run your fingers down it to remove the excess water. Place the wet Rigid Wrap strip onto a cardboard shape, wrapping the Rigid Wrap around the edge of the cardboard and smoothing it down.

It's easy to make DIY Backpack Charms with Rigid Wrap!

Layer Rigid Wrap in all different directions onto the cardboard until the cardboard shape is completely covered in Rigid Wrap. If desired, add additional Rigid Wrap for dimension and detail. Set aside to dry thoroughly, or dry in the microwave according to the directions on the package.

It's easy to make DIY Backpack Charms with Rigid Wrap!

Once dry, drill a hole near the top of the charm. NOTE: If you prefer not to drill a hole, you could make a hole with scissors in the cardboard before it is covered with Rigid Wrap, taking care not to cover the hole while applying the Rigid Wrap to the cardboard.

Drill a hole in the unfinished backpack charms.

Paint the backpack charms however you like and set aside to dry!

Paint the backpack charms in acrylic paint colors of your choice.

Once dry, put a jump ring through the hole in the backpack charm, and then attach the key ring hook to the jump ring.

Attach a jump ring and key ring hook to the backpack charm to create the hanger for the charm.

Let your children hang their DIY Backpack Charms on their backpacks and head off to school in style!

It's easy to make DIY Backpack Charms! Learn how to use Rigid Wrap plaster cloth to create this fun project.

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Learn how to make backpack charms from an empty cereal box! This project can be customized in any shape or color. What a great back to school project idea!