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A double duty DIY project: Wooden gift tags that turn into personalized ornaments
Make a festive wood slice Christmas ornament that will add some simple rustic charm to your tree. Or use them as beautiful handmade tags to top your gifts.
You can hunt around the yard for straight branches in different sizes, or you can use the bottom end of your Christmas tree and ask the guys at the tree lot to cut you a couple of slices.
How to make wood slice ornaments and gift tags
Wood slices in various sizes (cut your own, or purchase ready-made at a craft store)
Drill or eye hook
Twine or embroidery thread for hanging
For the chalkboard version
Acrylic white paint pen (fine tip recommended)
Flat black or chalkboard paint
Small paint brush
For the raw wood version
Sharpie or paint pen in the color of your choice
Carbon paper (optional)
Cut the branches into 1/2-inch slices using a chop saw. If you don’t have one, you can use a hand saw and sand the tops smooth. Or skip this step and purchase wood slices at your local craft store or through an online source.
Use larger slices and put your favorite message on it: “Joy to the World,” “Let it Snow,” family name and date, wedding date... the possibilities are endless.
Skip the drilled holes and use as coasters. Spray with clear coat first.
Attach a magnet to the back for fun refrigerator art. Make alphabet letters for a kids' game.
Make a matching game for kids with symbols or colors on 1 side.
String a set together to form the words JOY, PEACE, NOEL, WELCOME or your family name, then string across the mantel.
Drill 2 holes into a tiny slice and turn it into a really cool rustic button.
Mark 5 of each with x’s and o’s for a rustic tic-tac-toe game.
Make a batch of them and use for wedding escort cards with guest names and tables.
Make a large chalk slice for the kitchen and write out your holiday menus.
Use this idea all year round for gift tags or holiday place settings.