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How to make wood disk gift tags

Mariko has been married for 28 years to master carpenter "Bob the Builder", who she brags "really can fix anything". She home-schooled three kids K-12 and is now mother-in-law to two more, with one incredibly adorable grandson. They all ...

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Wood disks are the latest obsession in the craft world. Free, simple and unique, these disks can be used for various projects. Learn to make your very own gift tags with this easy and fun tutorial.

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They are free. They come in any size; just hunt for the perfect tree branch. They are adorable — not just ordinary adorable, but that kind of adorable that every time you catch a glimpse you get that flippity-flop feeling in your stomach. I know it's a little weird to get excited about a wood chip, but just look at this little thing! Does it not just give you a little thrill? And you have to admit it… free is always good.

And just imagine receiving a gift with one of these attached. Fun!


  • Slice of wood branch, about 1/4-inch thick and 1-1/2 inch in diameter
  • Acrylic craft paint in colors of your choice
  • Button or charm
  • Small drill
  • Needle and thread (optional — you can substitute glue)
  • Small piece of ribbon or cord to attach tag



Cut your branch into slices

I used my hubby's chop saw. It was so simple he let me do it myself and didn't worry (too much) that I'd lose a finger. If this scares you, ask a dad, brother, uncle or guy friend with tools to cut you a few slices.

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I used a slice of tree branch from the wood pile, a button from the button bin, a charm from the jewelry supply box, craft paint in two colors and some scraps of embroidery thread. If you don't have all these things lying around, you can purchase them very inexpensively.


Paint it (or don't)

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These look great just as they are, but if you want to paint yours, here's how I did mine.

Start with one color and paint it on fairly thick. I used Kelly green.

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Dab on a second color while it's still wet and swirl it around, but don't blend it completely.


Assemble tag

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You can glue on your button or sew it, like I did. For a smaller disk charm, there's no need to add a button. I marked the placement of my button with a toothpick and used a tiny drill to drill buttonholes and a top hole.

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I sewed my button on with thread. I like the dimensional look it gave me.

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I used matching embroidery thread to attach the tags to my bottles.



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Use the tag as your something green to wear for St. Patrick's Day. String it around your wrist or put it on a chain to make a necklace. You could glue a pin to the back and wear it on your collar, or attach it to a little clip or bobby pin and wear it in your hair. A gift tag becomes its own little gift!

Now that you know how to make these, you can change the colors, buttons and charms to create something for any holiday.

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