Name Tangles

“Name Tangles” are a fun way to create a cool design using your name or another word of your choice. Try adapting this idea for a unique greeting card design!


  • 9×12 white construction paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black markers, fine and broad point

1. Use large stick letters to write your name, beginning with the first letter touching both the bottom and left side of your paper.

2. Draw your next stick letter so that it touches both the first letter and the top edge of your paper.
3. Draw the next letter in the same way, this time touching the 2nd letter and the bottom edge of your paper.
4. Repeat this process, alternating with touching the top and bottom edges, finishing with your last letter also touching the right side of your paper.
5. Now draw an outline around each stick letter and fill it in with black marker, so the letters are nice and thick.
6. Finally, use your fine point marker to fill in the negative spaces inside and around your letters with line patterns or fill with solid colors for a “stained glass” effect.

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8 Responses to Name Tangles

  1. Becca Ruth August 22, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    OMGosh! Thank you again for the name posts!

  2. Mrs. Hahn August 22, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    This is great! Thanks for sharing! I love that you use the students name. Kids love their name! Looks good!

  3. Ash August 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    What a great project! My kids are going to absolutely love this thanks for the directions.

  4. Charlene August 25, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Reminds me of Zentangle.

  5. Sandi a::k::a KnitMyRhino August 25, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    This is so fun! I blogged about it!


  6. Hallie August 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    I love this design project…great first week back idea! :) happy school year!!

  7. Lori August 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    My kids had so much fun doing the tangle drawings you posted before, we'll *have* to do this!!

  8. Just Jenn September 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    We did it with just initials on square paper, sort of a funky monogram in monochromatic appeal. using favorite colors in tints and shades to add more depth. Love the tangle letters though, can't wait to try it.

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