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!
14 thoughts on “Crafty Christmas Tags”
These are lovely and look like a kid-friendly project.
This is great for kids! How cool for them to make tags for the family gifts. 🙂
Very cool. It’s pouring rain today – think I’ll go make some gift tags!
Ooo, a rainy day is always a great craft day. 🙂
What a wonderful idea to give an even more personal touch to the gifts!
Its fun, too! The holiday should have something fun to do that isn’t stressful. I made these while baking cookies and cooling fudge. 🙂
Thanks for reading! 🙂
Beautiful work, C.B.
My daughter often makes tags and it makes a gift feel extra special. I love them!
My aunt often makes her tags and I always save them. They are always so beautiful!
Cut-outs from the previous year’s cards work too. 🙂
One year, I made my Christmas cards using the previous year’s cards. It was loads of fun and really tested my creativity. 🙂 Perhaps this year, I’ll save all the tags I can, so I can play with them next year.
so fun – for some reason, I’m always drawn to gift tags, even moreso than pretty wrapping paper. This looks like a creative project to undertake – maybe with my niece and nephew.
I’m sure you niece and nephew will love this! 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Love the personal touches you bring to the season! Merry Christmas to you and your family!