How to Make Christmas Gift Tags From Wood

Welcome, today I’m sharing how to make Christmas gift tags from wood. It’s also day four of Christmas in July & GIVEAWAY!!

Christmas gifts tags Target gift card for giveaway

If you would like to catch up with Christmas in July and the GIVEAWAY it’s easy to do.  Here you go, see how I dried orange slices.  Next, click to visit and see how I made a dried orange wreath                   .

Also, if you missed yesterday you will want to this post for a Christmas wreath.

Now let me share how to make Christmas gift tags from wood.  You may be asking yourself why wood tags?  So, I will tell you why wood is used for making these Christmas gift tags from wood.

First of all, I like the idea of giving a gift with a Christmas gift tags that’s a DIY for the holiday season.  Also, I like the idea the holiday gift tags which can hang on their tree next Christmas.

As a result of these being holiday gift tags, I can also use them for our Christmas tree if I choose because they will hang nicely.   

Additionally, I can use these Christmas gift tags for displays around the house.

Also, another idea, is to use these as drink charms for Christmas gatherings.  So there are many reasons to make these Christmas gift tags from wood.

Items Need for How To Make Your Christmas Gift Tags

  • 1/4 inch poplar wood
  • compound miter/chop saw – you can use this if you don’t have these pieces
  • small metal washers
  • sanding sponge
  • white vinegar
  • peroxide
  • table salt
  • plastic container or solo cup 

How To Make Christmas Gift Tags From Wood

First of all, we have to buy the wood from a home improvement store.  I chose 1/4 inch thick poplar for my holiday gift tags.  Poplar is especially good for this these gift tags because I will be painting these Christmas gift tags.

Here’s a picture of a similar piece of wood that I am using for these holiday gift tags.

 Wood used to cut the tags
Christmas gifts tags beginning to get cut
Christmas gift tags getting cut to shape

Next, I decide on the size and my handyman, a.k.a. my husband cut the gift tags.

After the holiday gift tags is cut use a light grit sanding sponge sand the edges to remove any rough spots.

You will want add drill hole to the top of the gift tags.

Christmas gift tags cut into shape

Painting the Christmas Gift Tags

Now the fun part, designing and painting the holiday gift tags.  I enjoy using chalk paint for the most part, because I can paint with no priming!   Also, I enjoy adding character to chalk paint with wax.  For the most part I use this product for painting.  I have been using this paint for many years now and am never let down.

Christmas gift tags getting painted
Christmas gift tags getting painted on the edges

After painting the Christmas gift tags two coats and drying in between each coat add the grain sac design.  Here’s information for the grain sac to use for these seasonal gift tags. 

Stenciling The Holiday Gift Tags 

The key to adding the grain sac is to load your stencil brush with the color or your choice.  Incidentally my choice is Folk Art medium gray paint and you can purchase this at any craft store to add to my Christmas gift tags.  

Christmas gift tags getting ready for stenciling of the grain sac

After loading your brush, using a good quality paper towel, pounce to remove most of your paint.  By the way, doing this takes extra paint off your stencil brush.  Doing this gives a truly stenciled look to your gift tags. 

Christmas gift tags getting stenciling of grain sac

I say to pounce straight up and down when stenciling these Christmas gift tags because if you pounce on an angle you will bleed under your stencil.  Doing this will give your grain sac the best look.

Incidentally, notice the drill holes are left rough. I did this because the washer will cover this for the holiday gift tags.

After the stencil is dry, using a light grade sanding sponge, lightly sand the stencil on your holiday gift tags.  I namely say to lightly sand the seasonal gift tags to add more character to the stencil.

Christmas gift tags getting sanded after stenciling to add character to the paint
Christmas gift tags after they are painted and stenciled

Aging The Washers to the Christmas Gift Tags

Here’s when you want to get your stainless steel washerswhite vinegar, table salt and peroxide also container or cup.  I did this for my Christmas gift tags because I want my washers to look old.

Washers to make rusty

There is not an exact measurement for this process unfortunately, I did this to see if would work for my gift tags.  Inside the container or a cup add a nice amount of  table salt.  Next add peroxide and the white vinegar.

I did use a plastic container with a lid so after adding this mixture I put the lid on and shook over the sink.  However, this will work in a strong plastic cup too for the washer for the seasonal gift tags. After adding your ingredients to the washers use as wooden craft stick to stir it around a bit.

Washers soaking in table salt, peroxide and white vinegar to get rusty

By the way, I let this sit with the lid off overnight and when I woke in the morning my stainless steel washers are rusty additions for my Christmas gift tags.  Incidentally, this is what I wanted to achieve.  The air and the combination of the ingredients causes the reaction.  I bet you didn’t know I am scientific, quite frankly neither did I.  Truly, this is a guess and it works. 

Rusty washers after drying

Now take these out of the solution and let dry on a paper towel to add to the Christmas gift tags. By the way, I glued my washers with E6000.

Washer are glued with E6000 to the wood

Adding Graphic Images

Now let’s begin another layer for the Christmas and holiday gift tags.  I want French Christmas images on my gift tags.  So, after doing some searching I found images on this Etsy shop to be the best.  Now these are French Country Christmas image downloads for $3.00 each for my holiday gift tags.

This price is reasonable because it comes in an instant download, the images are perfection and licensed, and they are sent in reverse and the regular direction.  Not only that, you can size these images to any size and use them over and over for projects such as these holiday gift tags.

So, look on Etsy to get great graphic download images for these Christmas gift tags.

Next, for these holiday gift tags, I print my images in thumbnail size. Also, I did use card stock for these images for my gift tags.

Paper for images for getting images printed on the paper

After I print them, I use Mod Podge and add them to the gift tags DIY.

Christmas gift tags, Mod Podge getting added to the back of the image to go on the tags
Christmas gift tags adding the image added to the top

Adding Clear And Dark Wax To Seasonal Gift Tags

For my Christmas gift tags I add a combination of clear wax and dark wax.  I always have these brands in my craft room.  By the way, if you want to spend less money I found this clear wax and dark wax to use for these seasonal gift tags.

Christmas gift tags getting clear wax to the images

Also, adding wax especially to the image brings out the colors and the image itself more on these gift tags.

After adding the wax rub generously with a lint free rag.

Lastly, for how to make Christmas gift tags from wood, add string for hanging the seasonal gift tags from packages.  Also remember, these holiday gift tags are fun to use on a smaller tree.  Also, use them for napkin ties for Christmas gatherings.  Let your family and friends take the seasonal gift tags home after dinner as a reminder of your holiday season.

Christmas gift tags finished and displayed with gold and natural walnuts in the shells
Christmas gift tags finished with walnuts
Christmas gift tags with candles lit and bottle brush trees in the evening

I hope you enjoy this post for How to make Christmas gift tags and don’t forget to check to see what I am sharing tomorrow.


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Christmas gift tags main Pinterest showing the process of Christmas gift tags

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

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