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I wanted to make tags for the various dispensers we would be using for our wedding reception, and decided to make do with what I already had on hand. Here is a tutorial on how to make chalkboard beverage tags out of wood shims.  Not only are these great for DIY beverage stations, but they are super easy to make!

Such a clever way to create DIY beverage tags using wood shims and chalkboard paint. These would be perfect for any beverage station!

DIY Beverage Tags

I had purchased a couple packs of short wood shims a while back, which I had planned to use to make some more wood shim art. I felt they would be perfect for what I needed and since a pack is less than $2 at the hardware store, I can always pick some more up later. Such a clever way to create DIY beverage tags using wood shims and chalkboard paint. These would be perfect for any beverage station!


Step 1: Glue 2 woods shims together.

I noticed that when I tried to hang just one wood shim from twine around the dispenser, it didn’t hang level since one side was heavier than the other. So I simply used my glue gun to glue 2 wood shims together by matching a fat side with a skinny side. When pressed together they make a perfect rectangle that is level on both sides as you can see in the photos below.

Such a clever way to create DIY beverage tags using wood shims and chalkboard paint. These would be perfect for any beverage station!

Step 2: Spray with Chalkboard Paint and then “season” once dry

I then used some chalkboard spray paint to cover the wood shim on all sides. After it was dry I “seasoned” it with chalk, which essentially prevents your first chalk words from imprinting on the chalkboard. I then wiped it off and wrote “Apple Cider” using a sharpened piece of chalk. I need to get a thin chalk marker but every time I go to a craft store they are all sold out! Guess it’s time to order it online…

Step 3: Add Eye Screws

I used some leftover eye screws that I bought at Target, which I used for our wedding wands. These screwed into the wood fairly easy with just a little bit of elbow grease!

Step 4:  Write on your wood shims

I wrote on my mini wood shim chalkboard before I added the eye screws, but you should probably add the screws and then write with chalk, that way your letters don’t smear.

Such a clever way to create DIY beverage tags using wood shims and chalkboard paint. These would be perfect for any beverage station!

Step 5: Add your Twine

After that, I simply cut roughly 24″ of twine, wrapped it around my dispenser and then tied the ends into each eye screw. You can make the twine as long or as short as you want, depending on how you want it to hang on your dispenser. That’s it!

Such a clever way to create DIY beverage tags using wood shims and chalkboard paint. These would be perfect for any beverage station!

I’m hoping my signs will be a bit prettier once I get a thin chalkboard pencil, and then I will probably spray them with hairspray so they don’t smear during the reception. So what do you think?

Pretty easy, huh? And not bad for stuff I already had lying around the house.

Have you used wood shims in unconventional ways?