I went to a baby shower recently where a lot of people had tied small items onto their gifts. It's not a new concept, but it got me thinking about doing some DIY gift tags that were reusable and incorporating Mod Podge. I had some new chipboard shapes and some wood ovals, so I decided to throw a silhouette craft together – DIY wood gift tags that could also be used as ornaments for any time of year. I have to categorize this as a definite stashbuster project, as I used paint, fabric scraps and ribbon I already had in addition to the chipboard shapes. Here's how to make these family gift tags.
Family Silhouette DIY Gift Tags
Gather These Supplies
- Unfinished wood ovals
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Asphaltum, Calypso Sky, Citrus Green, Jamaican Sea, Patina, Yellow Citron, Yellow Ochre, Wrought Iron (colors I already had)
- Mod Podge Fabric and Mod Podge Matte
- Fabric scraps
- Maya Road Chipboard Mini Set – Portrait – if you can't find these, I recommend either looking for wood ones or cutting your own with a Cricut or clip art online
- Ribbon – coordinating
- Hot glue gun
Prepare your fabric scraps with Fabric Mod Podge. Paint a medium layer of Mod Podge over the top of the fabric and allow to dry. You do this so that when you cut the fabric to fit the ornament, it won't fray. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.
This is where a steady hand comes in “handy.” Heh heh. I wanted a bit of a smaller oval than what I just traced so that some of the paint could peek around the edges of the finished product. I was really hoping that drawing ovals would be easier than drawing circles for me, but no such luck. Just draw a smaller oval inside the larger oval the best that you can. Cut out those smaller ovals and set aside.
Paint your wooden tags and chipboard shapes. I just set up some color combos to match the fabric AND to use the colors I already had on hand. It was a perfect excuse to use my favorite FolkArt color Patina. If I could have a Patina car, well, I would. Give several coats and allow the paint to dry.
Mod Podge the fabric down onto the tops of the wood ovals. This is a great project if you are a Mod Podge “wrinklephobe.” The fabric pieces are so small that they really don't have the opportunity to wrinkle. Allow everything to dry.
Take your chipboard shapes and either use Mod Podge or craft glue to adhere them to the front. Give the whole tag another coat of Mod Podge (get the back too). Allow to dry.
These wood gift tags are quick and easy – you could make these the day you were giving a gift to someone. I also thought of something after I was finished. You could use chalkboard paint on the back of your DIY gift tags as a writing surface for the recipient's name, then easily wash it off for the next recipient! Don't you always have those great ideas when the project is over?