I hope you had a great weekend, we did. Saturday we spent the afternoon at some friends watching the Danish team win their second game at the World Cup. If you don't care about the World Cup it's OK too, I spent more time admiring our friends' cute baby, and their small, but awesome home (14 foot-high ceiling and beautiful marble floors!) .
I've always liked metal tags, and if I didn't have some other priorities, I'd have a bunch made to label all my stuff. In reality, well, it is just not feasible, and I am not going to buy the materials to make them either, not for now at least.
But if I can't have it, I can fake it.
These metal tags are made of soda cans. I used some kitchen scissors to cut them open (being carefully not to cut myself), and flattened them.
Then I marked the circles using a thread spool and a fine marker. and "engraved" the text by putting the metal sheet on a piece of foam and writing on it with a ballpoint pen, exerting enough pressure to make the engravings. I then wiped off the ink with a piece of napkin (this is optional, it actually looks nice with the ink too). I glued some paper on the side that has the printing and cut the circles.
I made some holes with a leather puncher and passed a ribbon through the hole and tied them around my button jars. Of course glass button jars do not need labels (I can see what's inside), this was just an experiment before I embark on labeling everything around me.
If you are wondering if this is too dangerous to have around, fret not. After I glued the paper on the back I checked, it would have been easier for me to get a paper cut with the paper alone than it would be to cut myself with the tags.
If you want them to be sturdier, use card stock instead of paper, the metal is very thin and can be bent easily, card stock will make it stronger.