gilded wood tag ornament 2
It is no secret that I love handmade and anything custom and personal.  Monica and Jess are back sharing a simple way to embellish some wood tags to give for Christmas.  You can dress up a package or wrap them in a set for an ornament exchange.  Simple, quick and under $10.
Hey everyone, it’s Jess and Monica from East Coast Creative again. We’re happy to be back sharing a quick and easy gift that is super cool (and super cheap)! When Beckie asked us to share a gift under $10, we immediately thought of this:
starbucks gift card
But then it dawned on us….oh, she wants a handmade gift for under $10! Silly us. (Now you know what WE want for Christmas!) Anyway, last year we tried our hand at lots of different DIY ornaments and thought it would be fun to try something new this year. You can easily make a set of six or eight of these wood tag ornaments for well under $10. Customize them with monograms, favorite phrases or fun Christmas images, and you’ll have a unique, one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your list (ok, not your dad. He probably won’t appreciate these.)
wood tag ornaments

What is liquid gilding, you ask? Well, according to Martha, Liquid Gilding is a one-step leafing paint that gives a rich, metallic luster to projects. We don’t really care what is is, we just love the look of it! Gilding gives your projects a high-end look and will make your friends think you spent tons of money on them (shhhh- we won’t tell)!  Here’s what you need to do to make your own:
mini alphabet stamps
holiday stencils
metallic silver cording
silver liquid gilding
wood tags
spray paint / acrylic paint
handmade ornament supplies
You can find the wood tags at Michaels in the wood supplies section, as well as the liquid gilding which can be found with the Martha Stewart supplies. The alphabet stamps came from the Target dollar bins (LOVE those things!).
gilding paint
Step 1: Paint (or gild) the surfaces of your wood tags.
Some of ours were spray painted (the red and green) and others were painted with acrylic paint, and the rest were gilded.
painting wood tags
Isn’t the gilding awesome?
liquid gilding
Step 2: Create your designs!
We had fun coming up with lots of different tags that complemented each other. Be creative!
Christmas gift tag
When working on a small surface, make sure you use painters tape to prevent paint from your stencil brush getting where you don’t want it. Also, good stencil brushes make a HUGE difference, especially when stenciling with liquid gilding. It’s very runny, and you’ll need a brush with stiff bristles to distribute it without it bleeding.
stenciled ornaments
Step 3: Attach your cording or ribbon.
Some of our wood tags already had holes at the top. We wanted our ornaments to look uniform, so we hot glued the cording to the backs of the tags without holes, and threaded the cording through the holes on the others and hot glued it in place.
cording on ornaments
You’ll be left with lots of ridiculously cute ornaments and money in your pocket!
handmade Christmas tags
Hoard a few for your own tree Package them as a set and you have a gift that will wow the receiver!
Christmas gift tag set
Christmas tag ornaments
We LOVE decorating for the holidays and have loads of DIY project tutorials we’d love to share with you from our Christmas episode on the Nate Berkus Show last year. Come on over and be inspired to get going on your holiday decor!
Merry {Early} Christmas!


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  1. Great idea! I believe you’ve just saved me a ton of money on buying new ornaments for a small tree I want to put in our master bedroom. I want to decorate it in a way that, of course, I don’t have the colors and things I want already.

  2. My son and I just made some Washi Tape Ornaments out of wooden tags : ) He had so much fun, these really are great ornaments. I’m trying to make my whole tree handmade… we’ll see how that goes, lol!

  3. I absolutely love this idea! Something came up this year that will make Christmas small.. I have been looking for things that I can do homemade and this is just the cutest!

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