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Rustic Painted Metal Tags

Hi and welcome back to the blog. I found some really cool farmhouse section at Hobby Lobby and created some rustic painted metal tags to include on packages OR to use as place cards. Wait til you see how cute they are.

Yes, you can paint metal and it is a lot of fun and depending on how you paint them can look very rustic with a distinct farmhouse look. I know I love the farmhouse look. Do you?

These galvanized metal tags would look good painted in any color or decorated with any theme. How cute would they be with a Grinch face on a Christmas package? I think I will make some of those. I have extra tags left over from this project.

If you love painting metal be sure to check out these DIY metal projects for your home.

Two painted metal tags with a farmhouse rustic look.

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If you would rather read the instructions the steps are all written out below.

Step 1: Paint the tags

These tags start out as a plain galvanized metal tag.

The tags from Hobby Lobby before they are painted.

I used Rustoleum chalked paint in linen white for the tags. This paint is great and it happened to be what I had on hand.

Painting the entire tag was not what I wanted. A “smattering” of paint to make it feel rustic was just the right look.

Painting the first of two coats of paint onto the metal tag

Let this coat dry completely before going over the paint with a second coat.

Step 2: Add the Mod Podge

Apply one coat of Mod Podge (I don’t have Mod Podge but this is the same thing.) over the paint when it has dried. This helps to seal the paint.

We don’t want the paint to peel up when we add the vinyl.

Add a layer of Mod Podge to protect and seal the paint

Add a coat of the mod podge over the paint on the metal tag

Step 3: Cut out your designs

I created these designs and they are super fun. You can find them in my Etsy shop, Michelle James Digital.

Download, cut them out and weed them to be added to your tag.

You can design your own using Design Space and your favorite fonts.

Adjust the size to fit your tag. I wanted mine to be as big as possible. LOL

The rustic metal vinyl designs

Step 4: Apply the designs to the tags

Place the transfer tape over the cut design and remove the backing. Then place it onto the tag and remove the transfer tape.

You are good to go!

They look so good and are perfect for so many things.

Finished tags shown for different uses.

Materials Needed

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Rustic Painted Metal Tags

Finished rustic painted metal tags.

I used chalk paint and vinyl to create these rustic painted metal tags for gifts, ornaments or even place cards.

Active Time 2 hours
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10



  1. Use the Linen White chalked paint to add two coats to the metal tags. I didn't paint the entire tag. I wanted it to look slapped on. I wanted a rustic, almost sloppy look.
  2. When they are completely dry, add a coat of Mod Podge over the paint and let it dry.
  3. Use the Circut Maker to cut out your designs. Weed the designs.
  4. Place the paper transfer tape over the designs and remove the backing.
  5. Place the design over the paint and the Mod Podge
  6. Remove the transfer tape
  7. Repeat for all 6 designs.

My first idea was the place cards at our Thanksgiving meal but then the ornaments came to mind as well. These words are usually mainly during Thanksgiving but some of them work well for Christmas too. Don’t you think?

They would also be really cute on cloth napkins using the iron on vinyl.

Close up metal tags with vinyl text.
Finished tags on a wine bottle.

I hope this post has inspired you to create your own metal tags. The chalk paint is perfect and for this project….no sanding was required. That is always a plus in my book.

Thanks again for stopping by!


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