How I Make Rustic Wooden Gift Tags...

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Intro: How I Make Rustic Wooden Gift Tags...

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...

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).
Sandpaper.
Some suitable string/twine, I use Jute for a rustic, earthy look.
Appropriate safety requirements.

Step 2: First...

Cut slices from the branch at an angle of roughly 35 degrees (anyone know how to get a degree symbol on a PC keyboard?)
I use a bandsaw with a simple jig to keep a consistant angle, as I usually make around 20-30 at a time, but for just a few, any fine tooth saw will do - if using a handsaw, it is easier to clamp the wood in a vice or to a bench/table.

Step 3: Next...

Drill a hole at the end of the slice, but not too close to the edge where it could break.

Step 4: Now...

Now sand the slices, they don't have to be too smooth but maybe take off any sharp edges - I leave them unfinished but you could give them a coat of varnish if you want to, some finishes, such as wax could make them difficult to write on.

Step 5: And Then...

I use a pyrography tool to write 'To' and 'From' and then the recipient and sender can be filled in as needed, (A nail or something similar heated by a flame or gas ring would also do, an old screwdriver ground to a point is a good alternative).

Step 6: And Finally...

Then thread the twine through the hole and knot it and your done... a unique and different gift tag.

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    11 Discussions

    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.

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    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

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    imbigman

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Thanks, sometimes the simplest things have the best effect. There are some interesting things we can make from branches - besides firewood.

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    SIRJAMES09

    5 years ago on Introduction

    AWESOME!
    Now why didn't I think of that? DUH!

    thank you for sharing, good Ible.