Christmas Gift Tags From Wood

Welcome, today I’m sharing an easy Christmas season craft project. 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 this seasonal craft.

First of all, I like the idea of giving a present with a Christmas gift tag that’s a DIY.  Also, I like the idea the holiday gift tags can be hung on my family’s Christmas tree.

Part of my goal with this project is to make easy tags become keepsakes for family and friends.

This is an easy seasonal craft to make.

These being holiday-themed, I can also use these for our Christmas tree as ornaments because these add an Old World look. 

Additionally, I can use these festive tags for displays around the house in dishes and bowls.

Simply by adding pinecones, nuts, greens, and dried citrus to make a pretty arrangement on any table.

Also, another idea is to use these wooden tags as drink charms for Christmas gatherings.  So there are many reasons to make these Christmas tags from wood as opposed to card stock. These will last a lifetime and bring many people in our lives joy during the Christmas season.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/4 inch poplar wood
  • compound miter/chop saw
  • small metal washers
  • sanding sponge
  • white vinegar
  • peroxide
  • table salt
  • plastic container or solo cup 

Make Christmas Gift Tags From Wood

Step 1: Cutting and Shaping the Wood

Purchase the wood from any home improvement store.  I chose 1/4 inch thick poplar for my holiday gift tags.  Poplar is especially good for this gift tag project because I will be painting them.

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

 Wood used for this project
The wood beginning to get cut into a square
Wood getting cut to shape of a tag

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

Cut The Wood Into Tag Shapes

Step 2: Wood Pieces into Tag Shape

After the tags are cut for the DIY use a light grit sanding sponge and sand the edges to remove any rough spots.

Here, you will want to add a drill hole to the top of the easy craft tags.

Wood cut into the shape of tags

Adding Color to the Christmas Gift Tags

Step 3: Painting the Personal Tags

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

White craft paint will work as well. More coats of paint may be necessary.

Painting begins
Painting the sides of the wood

After painting the holiday 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 tags. Besides, the price can’t be beat!

Stenciling Gift Tags 

Step 4: Stenciling these Holiday Tags

Now, load your stencil brush with the color of your choice. Incidentally, my choice, is Folk Art medium gray and you can purchase this at any craft store for this project.   

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 and truly gives a stenciled look to your gift tags. 

Stenciling of grain sac

Pounce straight up and down when stenciling these tags because if you pounce on an angle you will bleed under your stencil.  So stenciling straight up and down will give your grain sac the best look.

Notice the drill holes are left rough. I didn’t worry about this because the washers would cover them.

Sanding The Tags

Step 5: Sanding the Stencil for a Worn Look

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

Sanding the stencil with a sanding sponge
Gift tags after they are painted and stenciled

Adding More Character

Step 6: Aging Washers to Add Character to the Tags

Here’s the link to the washers. This process uses everyday household items such as white vinegar, table salt and peroxide in a container or cup.  Additionally, doing this step adds even more character and an Old World Look to this easy craft project.

Washers to make rusty

Rusting The Washers

Step 7: Easy Process of Rusting Washers

There is not an exact measurement for this process, unfortunately, I did this to see if it 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 it over the sink.  However, this will work in a strong plastic cup too. After adding your ingredients to the washers stir the washers around a bit to evenly coat with the solution.

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

Let this sit with the lid off overnight and when I woke in the morning my washers were rusty additions for my Christmas gift tags.  The air and the combination of the ingredients cause the reaction.  I bet you didn’t know I am scientific, quite frankly neither did I.  Truly, this was a guess and it works. 

Rusty washers after drying

Gluing The Washers

Step 8: Use E6000 for Adhereing the Washers to the Tag Tops

Now take the rusty washers out of the solution and let dry on a paper towel to add to the gift tags. And glue the washers with a small amount E6000.

 E6000 glue

Adding Charm

Step 9: Adding Even More Charm with Images

Now let’s begin another layer for the Christmas and holiday gift tags.  I want French Christmas images on my 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. However, this shop has a wide variety to choose from for this easy tag craft idea.

This price is reasonable because it comes in an instant download, and the images are perfect and licensed so they are one of a kind. Plus, I can size these images at any size and use them over and over for projects such as these gift tags and much more such as this simple craft idea.

Look on Etsy to get great graphic download images for these Christmas tags.

Next, for the craft project, I print my images in thumbnail size. Also, I did use card stock.

Paper for images to get printed

Mod Podge

Step 10: Mod Podge the Images to this Easy Holiday Project

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

Mod Podge getting added to the back of the image to go on the tags
Adding the images to the top of the Christmas gift tag

Seasonal Gift Tags Character

Step 11: Using Clear and Dark Wax to Make These Look More Worn

For my 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 did find this clear wax and dark wax to use for these seasonal gift tags.

Clear wax added to the images on the  gift tags

Also, adding wax, especially to the image brings out the colors of the image itself.

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

Adding String

Step 12: Adding Your String to the Craft Tags

Lastly, for how to make Christmas gift tags from wood, add a string for hanging the seasonal tags from packages.  Also remember, these holiday gift tags are fun to use on a smaller tree.  Also, how about using these for napkin rings for Christmas gatherings?  Let your family and friends take them 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 enjoyed this post on how to make Christmas gift tags and think of making this simple craft idea for your loved ones or your home.



Making Christmas Tags From Wood
Prep Time1 hour
Active Time1 hour


  • Table/miter saw
  • Stencil Brush
  • 220 grit sanding sponge
  • Chalk Paint/White craft paint
  • Grain sac stencil
  • Gray craft paint/paint of your choice
  • Stainless steel washers
  • Peroxide
  • Table salt
  • White vinegar
  • Wood
  • Plastic cup
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush for Mod podge
  • Small chip brush
  • Drill
  • String


  • 1 piece poplar wood
  • 1 package stainless steel washers
  • 1 220 grit sanding sponge
  • 1 small chip brush
  • 1 sheet card stock


Step 1
Cut wood in the shape of a tag angling the topedges as shown above in my post
Step 2
Drill the hole on top of eacxh tags as shown in my post to slip the string inside
Step 3
Sand Edges of tags
Step 4
Paint the tags white
Step 5
Stencil with color of your choice on the grain sac stencil
Step 6
Lightly sand the stencil with your sanding sponge
Step 7
Add washers to a cup with a bit of table salt, white vinegar and peroxide.  Let soak overnight exposed to the air
Step 8
Print your graphics out on cardstock and Mod Podge to the tags
Step 9
Apply clear and dark wax.  Rub with a lint free cloth
Step 10
Glue the rusted washer over the hole on the tope of each tag with E6000 
Step 10
Add string to the tags for hanging and displaying

32 thoughts on “Christmas Gift Tags From Wood

  1. I have some old wooden blinds that I’ve been saving, I think this would be a fabulous way to use them up! Thanks for the tip!

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