Project Overview

Add a personalised touch to your Christmas gifts and make your family and friends feel extra special with these D.I.Y. Balsa Wood Chalkboard Gift Tags.

Be creative with colours and chalk drawings to make each tag unique, as fun and festive as you wish! 

Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark Shapes
2 Cut
3 Tape
4 Paint
5 Tape
6 Spray Paint
7 Make Twine Hole
8 Decorate
  • Step 1. Mark Shapes

    Using a ruler and pen, mark the balsa wood in the shapes and sizes you want your gift tags. 

  • Step 2. Cut

    Using scissors or a Stanley knife, cut the balsa wood to your markings. 
  • Step 3. Tape

    Tape the bottom third of the gift tag with painter’s tape.

  • Step 4. Paint

    Spray the blackboard paint onto the balsa wood. Remember to hold the spray can approx. 15cm from the surface for an even coverage. Leave to dry.

  • Step 5. Tape

    Once the blackboard paint is completely dry, remove the original tape and tape over the blackboard paint. 

  • Step 6. Spray Paint

    Using a bright colour of your choice, spray paint the remaining balsa wood. Once dry, remove all the painters tape.

  • Step 7. Make Twine Hole

    Using a Stanley knife, cut a small square in the balsa wood where you will thread the twine to hang your gift tag. Thread the twine and knot.

  • Step 8. Decorate

    Decorate your gift tags using chalk

Tools and Materials


  • Dust Mask
  • Gloves
  • Pen
  • Protective Goggles
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


  • Balsa Wood
  • Chalk
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Spray Paint
  • Twine

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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