How to make easy wood gift tags

Have I ever told you that one of my favourite craft materials is balsa wood? I don’t think so. The reason I love it is because it has the beautiful look of wood, but is incredibly easy to cut through and turn into something else.

The other day I was wrapping up a present for a friend and decided to make use of a scrap piece of balsa for my gift tag. If you’ve never used balsa before this wood gift tag is a great beginner project. I’ll add more projects in the coming weeks.


how to make lovely wood gift tags

* 6 cm x 6 cm piece of balsa wood
* 6 cm x 6 cm piece of scrap paper
* Pencil
* Scissors
* Craft knife or Stanley knife.
* Small/ medium letter stamps
* Ink pad in your chosen colour (I used StazOn Hydrangea Blue)
* Metal skewer or similar sharp item


how to make easy wood gift tags

1. Fold your piece of paper in half. Starting at the fold, draw up, around and down diagonally towards the fold as if writing the number 2.

how to make easy wood gift tags

2. Hold securely and cut along the line through both pieces of the paper. Unfold. You now have a heart template.

how to make easy wood gift tags

3. Put the template on top of the balsa wood. Draw along the outline.

how to make easy wood gift tags

4. Gently score the outline of the heart with your craft knife. It is better to score it several times than forcing it right through on the first time. It gives a cleaner line so there’s no need to sand.

how to make easy wood gift tags

5. Turn your stamps upside down and pat the ink pad on top of them until they’ve soaked up some ink. Stamp an initial or a message in the centre of your wood heart. Ink the sides or leave bare. Leave for a couple of minutes until the ink is dry.

how to make easy wood gift tags

6. Take the skewer and gently force it through the top of the heart, then twist it around a little to make the hole larger.

how to make easy wood gift tags

7. Wrap your present, and use your new tag with matching ribbon and perhaps a book page tassel. That’s it! Easy peasy.

So are you going to try it? If you like it, please pin it for later and to help others find it. Thanks!

how to make easy wood gift tags


  1. This is so cute. I’ve used balsa wood embellishments in my scrapbooking before but never made my own.
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  2. FABulous idea!!! LOVE it and balsa wood – but never thought to use them as a tag. Another great idea from your creative mind!! xoxo
    Kristin recently posted…Yes, I’m Still Alive (& Other Such Ambitions)My Profile

  3. Those do look cute, I never thought to make tags out of wood….hmmm you might have sparked a little creative fire in me.


  4. That is super cute!

  5. Charming project, Carin…nice tutorial, too! Hopped over from the Over 40 FB group!.
    Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces recently posted…Do You Know What This Is?My Profile

  6. Jag trodde faktiskt inte att det var så lätt att dela. Presenten blev extra fin!
    Catharina Engberg recently posted…An old painting done after……three years (!)My Profile

  7. These are lovely. I’ve never used balsa wood – great idea, and could do in any shape. Im pinning to my “gift wrap” board on pinterest.
    Its a shared board, let me know if you want to join.
    Diana from recently posted…Ombre gift tagsMy Profile


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