While shopping one day at a home decor store, I came across some cool wooden tags. It was one of those, “I can make those” moments. Usually, I say that, but don’t follow through and return later to purchase and find they have all been sold out. Not this time!
Well, it’s not the usual gift a woman gets every day, but my man knows what I like. Anything out of the ordinary that I can repurpose with is a major score. When I asked him for washers, I thought he would be bringing me the small ones. Instead, I get these Macho Randy Savage looking washers. Sa…weet! I know just what to do with these bad boys.
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These Wooden Tags Are So Easy!
First off, the washers were way too pretty for me. Let’s get some rust going on these bad boys.
Step #1 Rusty Washers
Here’s what you will need.
- Red Solo Cup (or any plastic container)
- distilled white vinegar
- hydrogen peroxide
- table salt
- weathered board (fence pickets)
I read a tutorial a while back how to do this, but I have never tried it. Let’s see if I can wing it since I don’t remember the recipe. I added my washers to the cup and then added equal parts of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Just enough to cover the washers. (if you’re sensitive to smells, you might want to do this outdoors or in the garage) Then I just dumped in some salt. Sorry, I don’t measure when I cook either. That’s Grandma’s fault, but it always comes out perfect. Well, most of the time.
I let the washers set in the solution overnight. The next morning, I took them out and laid them on a paper towel to dry. All nice and rusty! The rusty washers will look great on wooden tags.
Disclaimer * You really shouldn’t use your Fiestaware for projects. Ha!
Step #2 Sealing Your Rusty Goodness
After the metal washers had dried, I added a coat of Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat Spray to preserve the rust. Without it, the rust will rub off. Don’t miss this step.
Step #3 Cut Your Boards For The Wooden Tags
With my washers complete, it was time to cut some wood to the shape of a tag. These can be made any size and it really depends on the size of the washers. I had some old weathered fence leftovers that worked perfectly for this project. I simply cut a 45-degree angle that matched on both sides. The length of the board is a preference. The one I used here is 8 inches. The washer was 2 inches.
Step #4 Sanding The Boards
Next, I sanded down the board to smooth out the rough edges. I used a 120 grit sandpaper and my Makita Orbital Sander. It’s quick and easy, but you can sand by hand if you chose.
Step #5 Drilling The Holes
I needed to drill a large hole in my board where the washer would be placed. Since the hole was so large in the washer, I opted to use my Hole Saw Kit. It comes with different sizes for larger holes. I use it often when doing wood projects. For this project, I used a 1 inch which was a tad bit larger than the washer hole, but it didn’t matter. The hole will be covered by most of the washer.
The Hole Saw comes with an attachment that fits on the end of your drill. The end of the drill bit is still exposed so you can be sure of the placement of your hole. The drill bit will go into the wood first and then the hole saw will follow behind it. This was perfect for my wooden tags.
Step #6 Glueing The Washer To The Wooden Tag
Glue your washer to the wooden tags with E6000. Add your personalization and that’s is it, my friends. A unique way to tag a gift, project or just add a bit of cuteness to anything.
I also created an INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO for visual learners. I’m a hands-on kinda gal myself. ENJOY!
Thanks for joining me and my DIY Wooden Tags project. If you liked this fun project, check out how I made a wreath out of okra! DIY Okra Farmhouse Wreath. I used these wooden tags on that project too! I’d love to hear what you think about these projects and more. Drop me a comment below… my readers are the best!
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Until the next project… xo, Do