6.14.2011

Tutorial: How to Make Mod Podge Tags

 Remember this post here where I made this?


Well, I finally got around to making my name tags to hang on the knobs! Here's how they turned out!


I love the bright colors. I love the twine {rustic look}. I love how easy peasy they were to make!!! Want to see how I did it?!

I started with a piece of moulding that I had left over from a project a l-o-n-g time ago. It is about 1.5" wide and 1/2" thick. I decided I wanted each of my name tags to be about 3" long. Since my molding was really thin, I used a pair of heavy duty clippers to cut through it - rather than dig out my miter box and saw!


Then I took some sand paper and sanded the rough, cut ends. I rounded the corners a bit too. They are not all exactly the same... but that's totally okay by me! If you want yours the same... measure and use a saw!

Next I grabbed my drop cloth {ie. paper plates}, some white craft paint, a sponge brush, and painted the back and edges of each piece. Let it dry completely!


While it was drying, I picked out some scrapbook papers that I wanted to use for the front of each tag. I chose patterns that weren't too intricate or colorful - well, they are colorful, but they are also monotone! Once my pieces were dry, I traced each one on a paper. Then cut just inside my trace line.

*Important: If your tags are not exactly the same... keep your piece of paper with the tag that it belongs to! This will save you extra trimming... and a BIG headache!


I used my *new* Silhouette to create my vinyl lettering for the tags. Don't have one? You can use a Cricut. You can use a stencil. You can use your computer! Your options are endless!


Then I set out to distress my tag paper a little. I use Versa Magic chalk pads in all of my scrap booking and crafting distressing. They are awesome! I get them at Joann's. Because they are chalk you can play around with it a little bit. BUT, if you haven't used it before... PRACTICE!

I use the lighter shade {wheat} to add a border around the paper. Then with the darker one {gingerbread} I do the very edge of the paper adding a little more in the corners. The chalk pad is spongy like an ink pad. I just hold it on one hand, my paper in the other and gently rub the pad against the paper.

{if you click on the picture you can see a better view of the before and after}
 Then it's time to Mod Podge the paper on your tag. Grab a sponge brush and paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the front {unpainted side} of your tag. Lay your paper on top and gently push it into place. Allow it to dry for a couple minutes.

Then it's time to add the lettering. I used sticky back vinyl {from Joann's}. Once you have your lettering on all of your tags, grab your sponge brush and Mod Podge again. I start by putting a think layer of Mod Podge on top of the entire tag first - just to kind of keep everything in place. Then I went back and added a thicker layer.


Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely. Then find your power drill and drill a small hole - large enough for your ribbon or twine - in each tag.


Add your twine and your tags are done!


Ta da! Now I just need two more kids to fill in the remaining knobs!


Not totally interested in making name tags? Well, this same technique can be applied to all sorts of crafts!
•Make some custom photo blocks using the same process. Just use photos instead of scrapbook paper. 
•Make nursery decor using scrapbook paper and wood crafting letters or cutouts. Add vinyl lettering, craft letters, stickers, paper cutouts, or anything else you can think of!

Use your imagination and creativity to create your own wonderful crafts!! Happy crafting!!


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