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These are really simple and quick to make and are a nice alternative to shop bought tags, they can also be used for labeling homemade wine, jam and other produce.
You can use most woods for these as long as the wood is seasoned, otherwise the tags may split as they dry.

Step 1: You will need...

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Some suitable branchwood around 40 - 50mm (1.5" - 2") thick, Sycamore, Ash, Maple are all good but try to
avoid branches with a central pith or soft center as it could prove difficult to write on.
A saw - the finer the teeth the better = less sanding.
A drill.
A 4-5mm drill bit (dependent on the thickness of the twine/string).
Some suitable string/twine, I use Jute for a rustic, earthy look.
Appropriate safety requirements.
I am in the shed! (author) 1 year ago

Good job! the speed of the blade makes a difference I found, also how quickly you pull the saw down. - I bet Grandpa was pleased too.

I was surprised that a mitre saw (chop saw) gave a pretty smooth finish which required only a little hand sanding, even though the saw teeth were huge. I chose to write names directly with the burning tool.

Thank you so much for the idea.

gift tag small.jpg
I am in the shed! (author) 2 years ago
The bandsaw blade I use is quite fine so leaves an almost smooth finish anyway, but because I usually make these in batches of 20-30 at a time I go for the speedy option, and when time isn't a factor I always prefer hand tools
Cool idea.

A bandsaw would work really well for this.
You're right! that's why I used one :)
Oh you....

The picture showed the pull saw, that's what I thought you used. Would have given a nice cut.
q3qyuu2 years ago
Nice and simple I'ble. I love it!
I am in the shed! (author)  q3qyuu2 years ago
Thank you.
imbigman2 years ago
This is beautiful and simple. Love it. We had a branch fall from a recient snow storm, I'm going out to grab it and start doing simple stuff like this with it. After it dries of course.
I am in the shed! (author)  imbigman2 years ago
Thanks, sometimes the simplest things have the best effect. There are some interesting things we can make from branches - besides firewood.
SIRJAMES092 years ago
Now why didn't I think of that? DUH!

thank you for sharing, good Ible.