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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Plywood Scraps Turned Distressed Number Tags

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Remember the other day when I mentioned how I save on DIY and craft projects and one of those tips was to keep scrap wood?  Well,  I'm back today sharing how I used leftover plywood from my shiplap walls to make distressed number tags.
An easy tutorial for turning thin plywood scraps into the perfect distressed number tags.

I can't even tell you how many times this wood has come in handy.  My husband is always asking when I'm going to get rid of the pallets and wood in the garage and my answer is always, "I'm saving it for a project." Sometimes it takes me longer to actually DO the project, but I eventually get something done.
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- 1/4" plywood scraps (or pre cut tags from a craft store if you want to make this project easier)
- Sandpaper
- 8 #14S flat washers
- Black spray paint 
-Vinyl numbers
- Drill and large drill bit
- Jute


Cut pieces of scrap wood down to the size you want your tags.  I made mine about 2" x 4 3/4".
Once the tags are cut you'll want to lightly sand each one to get rid of any rough edges. Then paint a coat of white chalk paint on the front and back of each tag. 
Sanding cut plywood for distressed number tags.

Painting cut and sanded plywood for distressed number tags.
While your tags are drying spray paint 8 washers with black spray paint. 

After the tags are dry sand and distress your tags then add vinyl numbers. 
Applying vinyl numbers to distressed number tags.
Use a large drill bit to drill holes in the top of each tags.
Drilling holes for distressed number tags.

Drilled hole in top of distressed number tags
Glue on spray painted washers and attach jute for hanging.
Gluing spray painted washers onto distressed number tags.
***Tip*** if you want a more distressed look you can either stain your wood before painting or very lightly dry brush espresso stain around the edges like I did.
Plywood scraps turned distressed number tags

Plywood scraps turned distressed number tags

Plywood scraps turned distressed number tags.

Plywood scraps turned distressed number tags.

Making your own distressed number tags is the perfect way to use up scrap wood AND stay organized.  The best part is my tags ended up costing absolutely nothing thanks to my craft supply hoarding.

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  1. I love this! I'm obsessed with tags, so this is a great idea for someone like me! xo Kathleen

  2. These are SO adorable! Thanks for taking the time to post with all the great photos.

  3. I also make things out of pallets, hardwood, old fencing. They fool hangers, signs, scripture verses. All hand painted. Routed on edges, etc. It's fun, relaxing, and a great outlet for creativity!