How to make wood disk gift tags

Mar 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET

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.

Wood disk gift tag

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.

DIY wood disk gift tags Step 1: Cut branches

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)

wood disk gift tags Step 2: Paint

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.

wood disk gift tags Step 2: Dap on second color

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


Assemble tag

wood disk gift tags Step 2: Glue or Sew on button

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.

wood disk gift tags Step 2: I sewed mine on

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

wood disk gift tags Step 2: Use matching embroidery thread

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



wood disk gift tags Step 2: Done

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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