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


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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Such a great idea. They are fantastic!

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. That is just too cute. Thanks for sharing.

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