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These Halloween Gift Tags Look Like Coffins

Use these unique Halloween gift tags to add to favor bags, candy, or even use as place cards for a holiday party! You can write on them, too.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll be doing a little of bit of cutting popsicle sticks, painting, and some Mod Podge. It’s pretty easy for a newbie crafter.

Chalkboard Coffin Lid Halloween Gift Tags

Hey guys – it’s Aki here from Minted Strawberry with another project to share with you: Halloween gift tags. It’s been feeling more and more like fall lately, so I’m starting to feel in the mood for spooky!

While I’m still wearing shorts (before I’m restricted to just pants and leggings again), I’m crafting up fall and Halloween-themed things already.

Chalkboard Halloween Gift Tags

The idea for these awesome Halloween gift tags came to me while crafting up dollhouse furniture for my little sister using popsicle sticks, and I just couldn’t resist making them – here’s how!

Gather These Supplies

Jumbo popsicle sticks

Step 1. Take three popsicle sticks and line them up – if they line up perfectly, glue the edges together as in the photo. If not, keep trying until you find a trio that lines up perfectly (since some come bent).

Trace a coffin shape on popsicle sticks

Step 2. Draw a basic coffin shape with a pencil and a ruler.

Cut popsicle sticks with scissors

Step 3. Cut the horizontal lines with a pair of scissors like in the photo above.

TIP: Lines perpendicular to the wood grain are easier to cut with scissors, and lines parallel to the wood grain or even in a diagonal position are easier to cut with a box cutter or craft knife.

Cut the coffin shape with a box cutter

Step 4. Cut the diagonal lines with a box cutter or craft knife to prevent splits (if you use scissors, you would more likely get splits on the popsicle sticks).

Add plank details to the coffin

Step 5. Add details – using a popsicle stick cut in half vertically, add plank details to the coffin. Cut off the excess with a pair of scissors.

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Step 6. Sand down the Halloween gift tag, making sure to sand the excess glue from when you stuck the three main popsicle sticks together.

Paint the Halloween gift tags with watered down brown paint

Step 7. Paint the coffin lids with partially watered-down brown paint. Use as many coats as you deem necessary. You want a ‘stained wood’ look in the end.

Don’t worry about the areas that don’t get covered by the paint (seams and areas that the glue touched) – this will give your tags a rustic, aged finish.

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Step 8. Drill a hole for the string. Ideally you should do this before painting the piece, but it’s easy to just color it in again.

Make sure to carefully drill the hole to reduce popsicle stick splitting. Also, be careful and drill at least a few millimeters away from the edge.

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Step 9. Print and cut the labels, or make your own. Download the ones I used here. You can cut them out by hand or use a 1.5″ circle punch.

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Step 10. Mod Podge the label onto the front of the tag.

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Step 11. Use the Mod Podge Chalkboard Finish as a topcoat and wait to dry. String them up with your preferred gift tag string and you are done!

Use these unique coffin Halloween gift tags to add to favor bags, candy, or even use as place cards for a holiday party!

These are perfect for candy gift bags – way more fun than ordinary gift tags, don’t you think? You can also use them as place setting cards!

Use these unique coffin Halloween gift tags to add to favor bags, candy, or even use as place cards for a holiday party!
Use these unique coffin Halloween gift tags to add to favor bags, candy, or even use as place cards for a holiday party!

Halloween Gift Tags

Yield: 3 tags
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to make these coffin gift tags for Halloween! The chalkboard label allows them to be reused.

Materials

  • Mod Podge
  • Chalkboard topcoat
  • Jumbo popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Brown paint
  • Gift tag labels

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Steel ruler
  • Drill
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Take three popsicle sticks and line them up; glue the edges together.
  2. Draw a basic coffin shape with a pencil and a ruler.
  3. Cut the horizontal lines with a pair of scissors.
  4. Cut the diagonal lines with a box cutter or craft knife to prevent splits.
  5. Using a popsicle stick cut in half vertically, add plank details to your coffin. Cut off the excess with a pair of scissors.
  6. Sand down the tag, making sure to sand the excess glue.
  7. Paint the coffin lids with partially watered-down brown paint until they look stained. Let dry.
  8. Drill a hole for the string..
  9. Print and cut the labels. Cut them out with scissors or use a 1.5" circle punch.
  10. Mod Podge the label onto the front of the tag. Let dry.
  11. Paint the chalkboard topcoat on the tag and wait to dry. String them up with your preferred ribbon or twine.

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Paige

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

These are so adorably cute! You did an awesome job!

Paige http://thehappyflammily.com