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!


  • 9x12 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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