Have you seen the wooden beverage tags online? I saw where Morgan made some out of paint sticks. I pinned them on my to do board. Hers were inspired by Ballard Designs. While talking to Rose on the phone, she mentioned that Pottery Barn had some chalkboard tags.
I decided to do several different versions. While looking in my stash to see what I could use, I found some shutter (bi-fold door) slats that I save when I make my magazine racks. PERFECT. They were just the right width, all I had to do was cut them to length.
Have you seen my shutter magazine rack? To make it I removed every other slat.
Shutter Slats to Make Wooden Beverage Tags
I didn't throw the slats away because I use them for paint sticks. BUT, I have found a much better purpose for them.
I cut the wooden beverage tags on my compound miter saw. (do you see that pencil line? that allowed me to get them uniform in size)
Stack Wooden Tags for Drilling
I angled the left, then I angled the right, and this is the shape I got. Then, I put 6 together and put them in my gynormous vice.
I drilled a 3/16 inch hole.
How to Sand Small Items
HINT: to sand something like this, I find it easy to leave the sandpaper (in this case a sponge) stationary while moving the slat back and forth to get a smooth edge.
Add Jute to Wooden Beverage Tags
I painted the front and the back of these wooden beverage tags with chalkboard paint.
After that, I attached jute to the tags so they can hang onto pitchers of drinks.
I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut stencils for another set.
You know how much I love these Martha Stewart Pouncers. I use them exclusively for stenciling.
There was a little bleed, but I still love them.
I used the letters that were left over from the stencils to apply to another set of wooden beverage tags. Because the letters were small, I decided to try to use Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape to transfer them.
I stuck the tape down over the word lemonade.
Then I peeled back the tape.
I applied the tape and the word to a tag.
voila! I stained these tags. I should have let them cure before putting the letters on. (sometimes I can be so impatient)
Do you like the look of the dark wood better than the natural color?
This is the last set of wooden beverage tags. Although none of the tags take an enormous time to make, they are time consuming. On this set I decided not to miter the corners, and to only paint one side with chalkboard paint. They went much faster.
I suppose they all are nice, even though each set is different. If you lost track, there were 4 variations of beverage tags. The sad part? I NEVER have a party, so I do not need these. They will be available in my booth.
What would you be serving? Tell me what would be on YOUR beverage tags.
I also used spare shutter slats to cover the top of this repurposed t.v. cabinet.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.