It’s the September edition of Christmas Once a Month and today I’ll be sharing some wonderful ideas to make your own gift tags and a gift card holder. If you want to read more about Christmas Once a Month, you can start here.
Every year I tell myself that I’m going to make my gift wrapping special by adding just a little touch of something handmade. And every year I’m frantically trying to wrap everything in time and you’re lucky if it has a bow!
These little gift tags are a beautiful addition to any present and they are so easy to make! This is a perfect month to get started on making your own.
- For the base of the gift tags you will need some heavy weight paper such as card stock, a file folder or lightweight cardboard. You can also purchase pre-cut tags.
- Scissors or craft punches to make the shapes for your tags
- Clear or wooden stamps and ink pads
You will need to cut out some tag shapes either with scissors or craft punches. Many of my gift tags were made from a basic rectangle shape that I added some corners to. The size I used was 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. I cut one corner first and then used that cut off piece as a guide to cut the other corner.
If you’re new to paper crafting, you’ll find the variety and types of stamps astonishing. Wooden stamps are common, but the clear stamps are becoming my favorite. They take up less space, they are easy to clean and you can see exactly where to position them. First, you need an acrylic block to adhere the clear stamp to. It sticks on very easily and it comes off just as easy. In the example below, I’m using “To” and “From” stamps. Then you add ink by tapping them on an ink pad.
This next one has a snowflake on one side,
But you don’t need stamps to make most of these gift tags. Look in your sewing kit! Most of these are self-explanatory. If you have buttons, you can make a snowman:
And I love ribbon and ric rak; it’s perfect for making Christmas trees!
This next one is just a triangle of fabric and I used a marker to color in the trunk and I added faux stitching lines to outline the circle. The star on top is made from an eyelet and it also doubles as the hole for tying.
If you like to give gift cards, I have a really cute and easy way to package them. You’ll need extra wide ribbon from the craft store. Cut a length of about 12 inches. Fold it in half and stitch along both sides starting at the bottom and continue up for about 4″.
It’s so fun to play and create beautiful things with a practical purpose! If you want more gift tag inspiration, check out these ideas I found from previous years:
Maybe you just want to print out your own and be done? Here’s a few links for the quick and easy route:
Don’t procrastinate! Make a crafty date with a few friends or your kids and make some gift tags! It’s one more thing to cross off your list, and I know you’ll have a good time!