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Monday, April 2, 2018

Easy and Versatile Dollar Tree Distressed Number Tags

Get organized and add a bit of style to your baskets, crates, and bins with simple DIY distressed wood number tags. 

With spring break, Easter, thrifting adventures and furniture makeovers I almost forgot to share a project for this months Dollar Store DIY.  If you are new to the blog, I post a Dollar Tree makeover on the first Monday of every month.   It's a fun challenge and a great way of sharing how inexpensive items can be turned into beautiful home decor. 

Last month, I transformed Dollar Tree jump rope carrots into spring decor and this month I'm turning a tumbling tower game into numbered wood tags. 

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- Mini "Jenga" game from Dollar Tree (I bought this during Christmastime when they had extra toys out for stocking stuffers)
- Chalk paint (I used the color Plaster)
- Everbilt small gold washers
- Sandpaper
- Drill and drill bit
- Paintbrush
- Black adhesive numbers

Back in December, I came across a Tumbling Tower Game at Dollar Tree and knew right away the wood pieces would make perfect tags.   I had most of the items needed for this project in my craft stash but did have to run to Home Depot and get small brass washers. 
Dollar Tree supplies for DIY vintage inspired tags
I started by rubbing antique wax over all four sides of the natural wood pieces.
Adding wax to DIY Dollar Tree wood tags
After the wax was dry I added chalk paint (Plaster is the color I used) over the front of the tags.  You want a distressed look, so just slap on some paint and don't worry about being neat.
Adding paint to DIY Dollar Tree wood tags
I let the paint dry then used a drill bit and drill to drill holes in the top of each tag.
Drilling holes in DIY Dollar Tree wood tags
Once I had all the holes drilled I sanded all four sides of the tags with fine grit sandpaper.
Sanding DIY Dollar Tree wood tags
For a more finished look, I like to add washers over the holes when I make tags.  I wasn't digging the brass look for these tags, so I added a bit of metallic pewter craft paint to the washers.
Adding washers to DIY Dollar Tree wood tags

Adding washers to DIY Dollar Tree wood tags
I could have just added jute to hang the tags, but then I remembered I had a pack of brass binding rings that I bought from Michaels months ago.   They matched the washers almost exactly and were a nice change to using basic string or jute. 
I added adhesive number stickers to a few of the tags and left the rest blank for later use.  You could always number them all or if you want to get really organized, grab a black marker and label your tags. 

Aren't these Dollar Tree game pieces turned number tags perfect for labeling baskets, crates, and bins?

What would you use them for?

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  1. I love your projects! You have such creative ideas!

  2. Katie those tags are cuter than cute! I've turned Jenga blocks into a dozen different things but not these (yet). They are amazing!

  3. I have some Jenga blocks, but they have Jenga embossed on them. What do you think, should I fill them in before painting or just turn that side to the back?

  4. LOVE your Dollar Tree projects!!!! Thanks for sharing another great idea!!

  5. These tags are so CUTE and CLEVER ... love the detail with the washers. So many uses ... thank you for sharing!