Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Lanyards & More
The earliest references to lanyards dates from 15th century France, during which the word “Lanière” was used to describe a thong or strap apparatus. Later, in the French military, lanyards were used to connect a pistol, sword or whistle (for signalling) to a uniform on a semi-permanent basis. Today, lanyards are used mostly for badge/identification holders or to hold electronics (i.e. cameras, MP3 players or USB drives).
Lanyards come in many different sizes, shapes as well as multiple ways to decorate. The first and least expensive are the blank round lanyards. Slightly more expensive are the 3/8″ flat, blank options, which come in kelly, navy, red, black, royal, red, white and maroon. Each color has different attachment options available.
When it comes to the custom lanyards, aside from color, your next decision is to choose the thickness (3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″ & 1″). Thickness is completely a personal preference and also depends upon the logo/design you plan to add.
In terms of printing, there are basically two main techniques we like to use. The first is screen printing, which is the least expensive of the two and is normally used for designs with only 1-2 colors. The other option is to use a process called dye sublimation. This technique allows for vivid, multicolored designs with huge impact (it’s by far our favorite).
The last step is the clip. Standard attachments (included in cost) are the j-hook, bulldog clip and split ring. Break-a-way clips and other premium attachments are also available for an additional cost.