Giving gifts? It’s the very best, right? Not cheap plastic things, and definitely not present cards. Thoughtful custom – and most of the time handmade gifts – that I understand somebody will delight in for years to come.
Of course, the present needs to be covered in something unique too. Why would I want to utilize lame paper present tags from the discount rate shop after all that work? Here is a basic job to make some name tags that are as thoughtful as the gift.
Look around for some thin table-saw cut-offs, or make some yourself on the bandsaw. Using this small scrap wood offers me hope that there are plenty of other uses for those small project cutoffs I simply can’t bring myself to toss out.
Once I had my stock, I traced out the shape I required on a piece of store paper as a template.
With the template, I was able to find the finest way to cut the tags to optimize the products. I traced first with a pencil, then darkened the lines with a felt pen. I eliminated the pieces on my scroll saw, but a band saw, jig saw, or coping saw would work just fine.
After cutting, I stacked them up and went over to my 1″ belt sander to real them all up together. A few seconds is all it took to make 4 identical (mostly) tags.
A fast coat of surface wax made them look great and brought out the grain.
Finally, drill a center hole large enough for a string and you’re all set to tie them on. Compose a name on it with a permanent marker or white pen for an included flair.
I ended up about 4 of these tags in less than fifteen minutes utilizing the scrap in my store, so now there’s no reason to top that thoughtful present with anything less than a custom-made tag!