Sweet Tags & Card using our Cupcake Topper Kit

Do you purchase kits and then end up using them for projects other than the intended use of the kit? Or, do you have kits you’ve purchased and never created the project? We can answer YES to both of those questions. Our challenge to you today is MAKE! Get those kits out and create something, anything!

We decided to create a couple alternate projects using the supplies in our Cupcake Topper kit. You can purchase our beautiful Cupcake topper kit here.


We used the Cherry Wood Sweet embellishment from the Cupcake Topper kit to create this handmade card. We also embellished this card with our Cherry Wood Tape.


We also used the Sweet and Yum embellishments from the kit to dress up our Cherry and Birch Wood tags.

Wood Tags – Cherry (10/pk)


Real wood tags measuring 3.5×2. Put your own flair on it by stamping, painting, embossing, etc. Great for gifts or giveaways

Wood Tags – Birch (10/pk)


Real wood tags measuring 3.5×2. Put your own flair on it by stamping, painting, embossing, etc. Great for gifts or giveaways

Cupcake Topper Kit


Spruce up your cupcakes with our fun cupcake toppers in real wood! 6 ‘Sweet’ and 6 ‘Yum’ Cherry wood toppers. Kit includes toppers, food safe tooth picks & instruction sheet.


Add a little Real Wood to your Holiday Cards

We are always so inspired when we see projects made from our Real Wood paper. It makes us so happy! Often we pin these creations to our Pinterest boards. You can see many fun projects here. Have you made something from our Real Wood Paper? Be sure to tag us on Instagram (@etc.papers) or Facebook so we can see and share.

This week we are sharing a round of Holiday cards using our new Real Wood Tags. All cards use one similar template for slightly different looks. Season’s Greetings!

Tag It! – Tag those gifts

Tagging those holiday gifts has never been easier. Make a statement with our beautiful Real Wood tags. Or create a design of your own using our Real Wood paper. Real Wood paper is easy to cut, punch and print on. We create the above Merry Christmas Tag design and printed multiples on Real Cherry Wood paper. After printing a full sheet of 12 we punched out each tag with a shape punch, added a red berry and a little hemp twine. These tags will really help us dress up our gifts. Happy wrapping.

Wood Tags – Cherry or Birch
Pack of 10

Real wood tags measuring 3.5×2. Put your own flair on it by stamping, painting, embossing, etc. Great for gifts or giveaways

Introducing Real Wood Paper Tags!

Introducing Real Wood Paper Tags!

Tags can add a finishing touch to any craft project, wedding decoration or special gift. Put your own flair on it by stamping, painting, embossing, etc. Our tags are 100% real wood that have a natural uncoated finish with adhesive backing. Since these tags are paper, they are perfect for paper craft projects, such as card making or scrapbooking. You can add the look of wood without adding the weight or physical dimension.

Real Wood Paper Tags

Our Real wood tags come in a pack of 10 in Birch wood or Cherry wood finish. Tags measure 3.5×2.

Tag your Treat

Make that treat or gift a little more memorable with a personal touch by adding a handmade tag. We added some autumn color to our tags with stamping, a few embellishments and ribbon. Tie to a caramel apple, and you are ready for gifting. This is a treat most would love to receive.  We’d love to see how you use our tags!

Celebrate Mom with a Birch Wood Mother’s Day Card

A handmade, handcrafted card can pull at the heartstrings. We think DIY gifts are the best. Classy DIY gifts for Mom are even better! We created this Mother’s Day card and printed it on Birch wood paper. We gathered and planted a few succulents in a cute pot and hung a matching tag from Birch wood paper. We are so pleased with our gifts and are excited to share them with you. Together, these gifts will help us recognize Mom this year. Happy Mother’s day.

Supplies for card & tags: Birch Wood Paper, card & tag design, Darice Curved Rectangle dies, Big Shot die cut machine, hole punch, ink jet printer, linen thread and plant in pot.


1. Design a Mother’s day card and tag in your favorite design software.

2. Print the card and tag onto a sheet of Birch wood paper using an ink jet printer. You can get one card and six tags from one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of Birch wood paper.

3. Cut out the card. Our flat card measures 11″ x 4.25″  and 5.5″ x 4.25″ when folded. Tip: when printing your card be aware of the grain direction of the wood paper. Always fold WITH the grain to avoid cracking.

4. Die cut the hang tags using the smallest shape from the Darice Curved Rectangle dies and a Big Shot die cut machine.

5. Punch a hole and tie a piece of linen thread onto the tag. Hang the tag from planted pot or gift.

Organize using Wood Labels!

The start of a new year always makes me feel like organizing, labeling and basically cleaning things up. As a crafter, my messiest room is always my creative studio. My craft room is a working room and while the room is fairly organized it is not clearly labeled. I wanted to design and print my own labels but desired to use something different than a white Avery® label or a Brother® label maker. Enter Birch Wood mailing labels! These mailing labels work with a traditional Avery template and run through a standard printer so I could easily type out and print my labels. Now that I have the labeling bug I’m off to label my pantry (another messy space)!

Wood labels can be used for so much more than labeling and mailing. Check out these party gift bags we created simply by sealing a cute paper bag with a mailing label and adhering a button to dress it up! Cute and functional.

Supplies for Party Favor bags: Birch Wood mailing labels, printed paper bags, buttons and adhesive.

Instructions for Party Favor bags:

  1. Gather supplies. Determine how many Party Favor bags you need.
  2. Fill bags with party favors or treats.
  3. Fold bag over and close and seal with Birch Wood mailing label.
  4. Adhere pink button to Birch Wood mailing label.

Have a great week and check back next Monday for more creative inspiration.

Dress up this Halloween with Real Wood

Happy Halloween! Trick or Treating is right around the corner. We like to have extra special treats on hand for those costumes that really wow us. This year we filled a bunch of mini paint cans full of chocolate. We found these mini clear paint cans at The Container Store and instantly knew they’d look great with a little BARC Wood. We dressed these darling cans up with Birch Wood Design Labels and a few Halloween stickers. So easy and cute. Enjoy your Halloween and be safe!


Supplies for the Trick or Treat mini paint cans: Birch Wood ARC Design Labels, Halloween stickers, alphabet stickers, mini clear paint cans and candy.

Instructions for the Trick or Treat mini paint cans:

1. Fill mini clear paint can with candy.

2. Place the paint can lid onto the can and seal. Dress up the lid with a Birch Wood ARC Circle Design Label. Add a few Halloween stickers.

3. Dress up the outside of the paint can with a Birch Wood ARC Design Label. See photo for placement suggestion. Add a few more Halloween stickers. Spell out the message ‘trick or treat’ with the alphabet stickers.

Real Wood Boo Banner

Gather up all your random Halloween and paper ephemera to create a spooky mixed media banner. We used Rustic Birch Wood paper as our banner base and went a little crazy adding bits and pieces of old games, craft goodies and Halloween items. Anything goes!


Supplies for Real Wood Boo Banner: Rustic Birch Wood paper, Birch Wood paper, Birch Wood ARC Labels, triangle chipboard banner shapes (5), random Halloween ephemera, random old game pieces, tags, twine, Halloween pattern paper, black card stock, black and orange brads, clips, buttons, washi tape, hole punch, scissors, electronic cutter, BOO cut file, hot glue and adhesive.

Instructions for the Real Wood Boo Banner:

Use supplies and items you have on hand to recreate a similar BOO Banner. Nothing is off limits. Have fun and experiment. Start with Rustic Birch Wood paper as your banner base and add items until you like your results.

1. Adhere Rustic Birch Wood paper to the five chipboard banner pieces. Trim Rustic Birch Wood paper as needed.

2. Punch a hole in the top left and right corners of each banner.

3. Typeset a BOO file import into your e-cutter software.

4. Cut out the word BOO onto a sheet of black card stock using an electronic cutter. Cut out the word BOO onto a sheet of Birch Wood paper using an electronic cutter. Adhere the Birch Wood paper BOO to the top of the black card stock BOO.

5. Decorate each banner piece with random Birch Wood ARC Labels, Halloween ephemera, pattern paper, brads, buttons and game pieces. Arrange pieces and adhere in place.

6. Add random tags to separate each banner piece.

7. Attach banner together using twine, brads and hot glue.

Party Favors with Real Wood Labels

Have a fun party or event coming up? Create darling party favors with small inexpensive jars from your local craft store. Dress up and label these jars with our Birch ETC Labels and a few simple embellishments. Fill with your favorite treat or small item and you’ll be ready for the perfect party.

Real Wood Labels are great for mailing labels, labeling and packaging. Can be stamped, folded, painted, scored, written on and more! Can be used on a standard address label template through an inkjet printer. Sticks to clean, smooth and flat surfaces. Easy to peel. Permanent adhesive. 30 labels per sheet. Label size 1″x6.225″. Our labels can be folded and are available in all Wood finishes (Cherry, Birch, Rustic Cherry, Rustic Birch) and also ChalkTalk.

Supplies for Label party favors: Birch ARC Labels, Cherry Wood sheet, tiny jars (we purchased ours at World Market), Hello, Happy Day and small flower stamps, red, pink and green stamp ink, small wood pearl embellishment, vanilla cardstock, electronic cutter, leaf cut file, mini stripe washi tape, glue dots and scissors.

Instructions for Label ‘Happy Day’ party favor:

1. Stamp ‘Happy Day’ in red stamp ink onto a Birch ARC Label.

2. Apply Birch ARC Label to front of jar. See photo for approximate placement.

3. With an electronic cutter and leaf cut file, cut a leaf onto a sheet of Cherry Wood.

4. Adhere Cherry Wood leaf onto top left corner of  Birch Label. See photo for approximate placement.

5. Stamp small flower in red and green ink onto a piece of vanilla cardstock and cut out.

6. Adhere flower to top of Cherry Wood leaf with a glue dot. Add wood pearl to center of flower.


Instructions for  Label ‘Hello’ party favor:

1. Apply Birch Label to front of jar. See photo for approximate placement.

2. Wrap and adhere a small piece of striped washi tape around jar and over the top of the Birch Label.

3. Stamp ‘Hello’ in pink stamp ink onto a piece of vanilla card stock and cut out.

4. Adhere stamped ‘Hello’ onto center of  Birch Label. See photo for approximate placement.

Real Cherry Wood Home banner

Want the look of wood without the weight of wood? Wood paper is thin, lightweight and mounts perfectly to other lightweight surfaces. We created this Home banner using Cherry Wood paper and adhered it to a piece of recycled cardboard. Attach the banner to a wreath and you’ll have a welcoming home decor piece.

Supplies for the ‘Home Banner’: Cherry Adhesive Wood Sheet, Home decor vinyl, scrap cardboard, pencil, hobby blade and ruler.

Instruction for the ‘Home Banner’:

1. Cut a piece of scrap cardboard to 8.5″ x 11″.

2. Remove the adhesive liner and mount the sheet of Cherry Wood onto the piece of cardboard.

3. Transfer the vinyl home decor piece directly to the Cherry Wood.

4. With a pencil and ruler lightly draw a banner shape around the Cherry wood and Home sentiment. See project photo for suggested placement.

5. With a hobby blade and ruler cut out the banner shape. Tip: thick cardboard can be tricky to cut. Be sure to start with a sharp hobby blade. Cut lightly and slowly with the hobby blade using the ruler as your guide. Repeat the cut deeper and deeper with each pass until you have a clean cut through the cardboard.