Handmade Tags Using a Woodworker’s Branding Iron

DIY Wood Tags Using a Woodworker's Branding Tool by Sweet Pea

Have you heard of a woodworker’s branding iron?  Mr. SP surprised me with a Sweet Pea version for my birthday in May.  My present remained in its wrapper until the other day when I was inspired to use my branding iron to make customized tags with wood edging tape.

If you aren’t familiar with a branding iron, there is a metal plate on one end that heats up and then burns an image into wood.  It comes with a stand that must be used when it is heating or the plate will burn your work surface.

Woodworker's Branding Iron  for Sweet Pea

 

This is a unique gift that I’ll have fun using on woodworking projects.

Wood Burner Detail for Sweet Pea

Mr. SP ordered my branding iron from BrandNew Industries.  An Internet search will yield many results if you are interested in your own version of this tool.

Mr. SP’s buddy at work passed along a roll of wood edge banding tape for us to use for future projects.  I’m sure we’ll eventually use this for a piece of furniture, but after eyeing it for a few months, it finally dawned on me that it would make great tags for things I hope to sell in December at the Vintage Lynchburg Market.

Birch Wood Edge Banding Tape 13/16” 250′ Roll

Wood Veneer Trim

 

The branding iron heats for 15 to 20 minutes. It gets very hot and if you have children or pets, my advice is to use the branding iron when they are not around.

Heating Woodworker's Branding Iron

 

Using the branding iron takes a bit of practice.  The sheet that came with mine advises to not press hard, let the iron do the work.  You can see that using it takes some practice.

Woodburner First Tries

 

The more I practiced, the better my end result.

Wood Burner with Practice

 

After I made a few tags that looked nice, I punched a hole in each one.

Tags with Holes Punched

 

Small burnt spots can be removed with sand paper.

Sweet Pea Tag using Woodworker's Branding Iron

 

I was thrilled with the end result of my tag experiment.  These will be perfect for my future booth and they are quick and easy to make.

Sweet Pea Tag using Woodworker's Branding IronSweet Pea Tag using Woodworker's Branding Iron

 

Just for fun, I pulled out some things I intend to sell to see what they’d look like with my tags attached.

Tray with Tags

 

I didn’t add tags to the vintage wooden spools or the eyeglass lens pins and think that the display would look better with the addition of tags.

Tray with Tags2

 

The back of the tag offers space for a product description and price.

Tag Back Detail

 

Mama has had this vintage sewing machine drawer for years and years and never could figure out exactly where to use it, so she passed it along to me to sell.  I painted it with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and followed the paint with a coat of clear wax.  The sewing machine drawer is perfect for displaying vintage patterns.

Sewing Machine Drawer

 

I love the pictures on these patterns.  A vintage lover or crafter will hopefully fall in love with them.

Vintage Sewing PatternVintage Sewing Pattern for Child Dresses

 

This skirt looks quite stylish to me.  If you ever want to feel really bad about yourself, look at an old pattern and figure out your size.

Vintage Skirt Sewing Pattern

 

This birthday gift is one that I’ll use for many years to come.  I love that I can use it for crafting and not just for woodworking projects.  I’m thinking about trying to make book marks to hand out at Haven along with my business cards.

Mama and I are planning to do a both together at Vintage Lynchburg Market and if we don’t get in, we aren’t sure what we’ll do with all of the things that we’ve collected and made to sell!

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Comments

  1. Love these tags, Paula! What a COOL idea!
    Are you going to Haven??

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Richella! I really am happy with the way they turned out.

      I am going to Haven! I am both excited and nervous about it.

  2. Soooo love these tags! Great idea, look forward to meeting you at Haven! xo

  3. Fantastic! My grandfather had a wood burning kit and when I read this post I actually smelt the scent just like when I watched him do it as a kid! I love your brand and they look amazing tied on your pieces… super idea!

  4. This is so dang cool. Jon has been wanting something like this for a while now to make as a his business cards! Must go buy him one now!!!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      I think Jon will like this! The head part can be removed, so you could get him one that would work for a business card and then get a second one that says something like, “From the Workshop of…”.

  5. Oh now that is too cool! Have never seen one of those!!! So glad you shared it on Project Inspire{d}.. Pinned!
    Nancy

  6. I have always been interested in this! Your tags look great! So does your yard sale for that matter.

  7. Would a hardware store carry these items and how do you get the correct wording made for your branding attachment. I’ve never seen or heard of this. I make items for selling too and have been looking for a unique way to make tags. Do you know if this is expensive? Thank you for sharing this idea.

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