Lowe's Home Improvement

Wooden Gift Tags

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Put your DIY skills to work this holiday season with easy-to-make gift tags fashioned out of wood veneer. You can make 12 tags with one roll of veneer and a spray can of Polycrylic finish.

Wooden tag tied to gift

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Household shears
  • Drill and 1/4" bit
  • 220-grit sanding sponge
  • Sanding block
  • Sharpie
  • Ribbon
  • Tack cloth
  • Iron
  • Scrap wood


  • Band-It 2"x8" red oak iron-on edge banding (#16547)
  • Minwax 11-ounce satin clear polyurethane (#164683)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources


Step 1

Cut 2"-wide veneer banding into 4"-long pieces using household shears. (You'll need two pieces per tag.)

Step 2

Stack two pieces and laminate them together with a household iron on the cotton setting. Heat the pieces for about 15 seconds to bond them together.

Step 3

Download the Gift Tag Pattern. Using shears, clip a 3/4" diagonal from two corners according to the pattern.

Step 4

Drill a hole between the diagonal edges with a 1/4" bit. 

Good to Know

It's a good idea to place a piece of scrap wood beneath the tag before drilling the hole to prevent tearing.

Step 5

Use a sanding block to even all the edges and to knock off the sharp corners; wipe with a cloth.

Step 6

To seal the wood, apply a coat of polycrylic spray and sand the finish smooth with a fine-grit sanding sponge; let dry.

Step 7

Write a message with a Sharpie and tie a ribbon through the 1/4" hole. Repeat to make additional tags.