Are you having a handmade Christmas season? It seems this year that lots of people feel pressure at this point in the season to achieve Christmas decor and gift ideals. It can be an enormous amount of pressure, and it really doesn’t have to be that way. Simple DIY details like handmade Christmas gift tags can create a warm Christmas feeling without more than an hour of work.
DIY gift tags are simple to make. Just start with some colorful cardstock, a sheet of nice paper, and some glue, ribbon and craft paint.
- Colorful cardstock
- Nice paper (resume paper works well)
- Craft Paint
- Paper Cutter
- Glue (glue stick for joining paper, & white craft glue for decorative pieces)
- Paint brush
- Hole Punch
- Mini Punch
1) To start with I cut out some 3” x 1.5” rectangular pieces from the card stock, and some smaller 1” x 1.25” rectangular pieces from the sheet of nice paper. Then I glued the two pieces together using the glue stick, centering the smaller piece on the cardstock. To make it look more “tag-like,” I cut the corners at an angle about 1/4” from the corners of one narrow end.
2) You can use a decorative mini punch to create small details, and then glue them onto your tag, too. I used a snowflake punch I’d gotten for $1 from a bargain bin at JoAnn Fabrics. Use a hole punch to create the hole at the notched end.
3) To create a Christmas wonderland scene, I used white, green and red acrylic craft paint. White dots make the ‘snow’. When you get to the scenic decorations (like buildings, trees, snowmen, etc.) keep in mind this is a small gift tag and don’t go into a lot of detail.
4) These handmade Christmas gift tags look great with a bit of festive ribbon attached. Don’t stress about finding the perfect color though, and bits of scrap ribbon from your sewing projects will pass for festive in the heat of a gift unwrapping session.