I’ve often described my crafting style as “retro bold”: I like all things vintage and antique, but with bright, bold colors! These custom monogram DIY wood tags are a good example of what I love. I used fun colors and patterns with some of my favorite distressing techniques to create wood tags that are perfect for decor or organization. Keep reading to learn how easy they are to make!
- Darice Unfinished Wooden Tag
- Paint (Various colors as desired.)
- Darice Paint Brush
- Darice Alphabet Stencils
- Patterned Stencils
- Core’dinations Sanding Tool
- Darice Foam Stencil Brush
Step 1. Paint each tag with the base color. I used a new line of milk paint from Plaid Crafts. I painted one tag brown, one a light turquoise color, and the other a pretty yellow color. Let them dry completely.
Step 3. Add a light design to the other tags with stencils. Place the desired stencil over the painted tag and use a foam pouncer to dab color over the stencil. I used a light color of paint so the pattern wouldn’t overpower the design. Let it dry completely.
Step 6. To age the tag and give it an antiqued appearance, use tinted wax to “dirty” the edges and surface of the tag. I add a small amount of the tinted wax to a soft bristled brush, then wipe most of the wax off onto some scrap paper. Take the mostly dry brush and dab it on the edges and the surface of the tag. If you add too much wax simply wipe it off with a soft cloth.