How to make DIY Scrap Wood Tags

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Next time you think about tossing scrap wood pieces into the fireplace, stop and try this instead. How to make DIY scrap wood tags.

cream painted wood tag with image of thread on spool applied with transfer.

It takes a tiny piece of the wood for me to give up and toss it in the trash. I have been known to pick small bits of trim from the dustpan. 

If you save up the small pieces of wood, you’ll end up with an enough to make a mantel! 🙂

I’ve made wood tags before. Check out the thin pieces of wood made into hanging tags. 

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Here’s how I made this collection 

My scrap pile this time had 1/8 inch and 3/4 inch thick wood. Some are 3 inches wide, and others are 3 1/2 inches wide. 

I used a miter saw to cut the wood. Tags are between 4 and 6 inches long. 

Next, I made 45-degree cuts along the two top corners for the label shape. 

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Then, I use a 1/8 inch drill bit to make a hole for the twine. 

wood tags painted and waiting to dry

After two coats of chalk-based paint in favorite colors, the wood tags are ready to decorate. 

Close up of several wood hanging labels.

Make hangtags that are as great as the gift.

Now the real fun starts, decorating the tags.

I used Chalk Couture to add elements to the tags. My hanging labels will end up in the craft room.

The transfers I used


Ideas to use hanging tags in decorating

  1. Hang from a lamp
  2. Lay on the edge of a stack of books
  3. Hang from a dresser knob
  4. Wrap around a mason jar
  5. Add to wood beads
  6. Use to label sweet and unsweet tea
  7. Assign coat rack hooks
  8. Label contents of crates
  9. Tie into a wreath
black wood tag with paintbrush transfered on front.
My Favorite Wood Tag

You can watch the live video where I shared the tags here on Facebook.

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Now it’s time for me to get busy tossing craft supplies in crates and tie on a hanging label.

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  1. Love your Website Wanted to ask what your photo-sharing policy is. Is it okay to use a photo from one of your Ideas in a roundup post and link back to the original Idea on your site?

    1. Hey, Maria, yes, you may sure a photo with a link back to the original post. No problem. Thank you for the compliment and for asking. Hugs ~Jeanette

  2. Thanks for this idea. For this things my living room is looking attractive. I have made two Scrap wood tags. Your post is very helpful I read your blog daily.It helps me a lot to renovate my house with DIY crafts

    1. Hi, Stella! Thank you for reading along with me. Your sweet comment made my day! I love sharing simple and quick items that might help others. ~Jeanette

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