Nautical Number Tags

How to create the look of aged nautical tags...

Create weathered hang tags for nautical decor

These adorable nautical tags are made from the slats of a not-so-old crate that had been painted light blue.

Create a weathered look with repurposed hang tags from an old crate

Using the shop saw, I cut the slats into tag shapes, then sanded off some of the blue paint.

I dipped each tag into a vinegar/steel wool solution to get that old weathered, aged look.

Holes were drilled for jute to hang the tags.

Create a weathered look with repurposed hang tags

Each tag got a stenciled number.

Create a weathered look with repurposed hang tags

DIY stenciled weathered hang tags

Then using a paint stickI painted in the numbers.

stenciled weathered DIY hang tags

To distress the new paint look of the numbers, I gave them a good sanding then added the jute.

weathered nautical hang tags

DIY weathered hang tags

Perfect little tags that look like they've spent time 

out on the open sea!

Visit the custom order for wedding tags that were inspired by this project. 

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .