Friday, November 16, 2012

"W" is for Wood Tags #2 (Christmas version)

Paint: giant wood tags

A fun alternative to the standard wreath, wood tags handpainted with Merry Christmas for your front door:

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Last week I posted my Thanksgiving version:

And my friend Terry so cleverly thought of this Christmas version:

This time around I used a 1x8 pine board, it has a nice grain to it (better than plywood) and a chunky feel at 3/4" thick.

A special thanks to Terry for letting me borrow her shed to take pictures!

Here's how I made the giant wood tags:

1. Using a 1x8 board cut 2 pieces at 18".
Then mark off the corner cuts and drill a 1" hole:

2. Print lettering (I used Ecolier font at 600 point).
Place print out on top of wood and trace letters with ballpoint pen:

3. The pen leaves an indent in the soft pine:

4. Paint on and inside the indent:

5. Seal with Minwax Helmsman exterior grade clear semi-gloss:

6. To keep 'hanging position' so tags don't cross over each other predrill, glue and countersink two 1 1/4" wood screws at overlap:

7. String 3/8" manila rope through holes.
Then secure ropes together with clear monofilament which you can also use to hang tags.

I'm linking up to:

Christmas Crafts @ Shanty 2 Chic
Christmas Craft Party @ Nesting Place
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now


Amy said...

Amazing , love this going to ahve to amke this one. This would be a great gift for my sister for christmas too.

Jeannie-JB said...

You are sooo talented! Love all your projects, but this one is so amazing. I pinned it to two of my boards {you get credited as the source of course}. Just wanted you to know!

creativedominican said...

This is awesome! I love it, your so talented. I had just gotten a Merry Christmas vinyl from a craft show at church and I'm going to try and make something like this. I love it. I love your technique on tracing it, but I'm not sure I could paint it and have it come out this perfect.

Mel said...

Such a great idea. They are fantastic!

Rita May said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I've pinned these and want to make them soon. I like your tips on the screws to hold them in position and your choice of font and size. looks like you've given me all I need to know.

Lisa B. said...

Absolutely love these. I made two sets. Thank you so very much for sharing this with us. Merry Christmas.

Ashley C. said...

These are super cute! Super versatile for year-round decor too!

Pam Jackson said...

That is just too cute. Thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

Just wanted to let you know this craft was highlighted on the at play blog yesterday.