While its easy enough to buy gift tags at just about any store, I enjoy making them by hand for a more personal touch on the presents I give. After making Christmas cards, (see Christmas Cards Already!), I always have extra paper left over, so I put those scraps to good use by making gift tags. They are a snap to create and super cute!
- Tag template
- circle punch
- standard hole puncher
- Christmas paper scraps
- scissors/paper slicer
- double-stick tape
I use a basic tag template to keep things nice and easy. A triangle top is a quick cut and almost impossible to screw up, which is especially handy when making a large number. Simply trace the pattern on any piece paper where it’ll fit and then cut them all out. From there it’s all about decorating with remaining scraps. My stack of Christmas paper had sheets that were divided into smaller designs, so I cut them out and stuck them on my tags with a little double-stick tape.
A quick hole punch at the top, clears the way for a ribbon tie. Again, I usually use left-over ribbon from card-making or last year’s gifts (yes, I’m one of those people that saves ribbon, usable wrapping paper, and bags). Before tying the ribbon, use a large circle punch to create a little “ornament” out of scrap paper. Punch a little hole near the edge of the circle and thread it onto the ribbon. Last, but not least, tie a knot to secure the ends.
This is a great project for when cookies are baking and there’s nothing to do but wait!