(These holiday gift tags were originally featured in Paper Holiday 2014-2015.)
Holiday Gift Tags Materials
- paper and scraps for the basic tags and collage (cardstock, magazine cutouts, old children’s book illustrations, collage sheets, pictures, etc.)
- rubber stamps
- ink pads in various colors
- adhesive of choice
- pens and crayons (I used Sakura Glaze™ and Souffle™ pens, a black Copic® marker, Sharpie® poster paint, and DecoColor™ acrylic paint markers.)
- sewing machine and thread
- Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels
- eyelets and eyelet-setting tool
- Glossy Accents™ INKssentials™
- Stickles™ by Ranger
How Make Holiday Gift Tags
- Select the papers for the background of the basic tags, and decide on the size and shape of your tags. Don’t fret too much; most of the base will be covered up in the process of completing your tags.
- Cut out your tags. The tags can be any size and shape you want. Design your own shapes or buy pre-made tags to use as templates, and simply trace them onto your paper and cut them out. (Get our free gift tag downloads!)
- Ink all of the edges of the paper tags with an ink pad. I enjoy using colors that you would not normally put together; I like the colors to clash.
Note: I wanted to keep the shape of my holiday gift tags interesting, so I chose two different shaped tags that fit well together color-wise and played with putting them together as one tag.
- Start layering paper onto the tag with your adhesive. The more layers you add, the more depth your tag design will have. At this point, I really have no idea what I want my tags to look like. I simply go through my box of paper scraps, magazine clippings, etc., and start adding some interesting pieces to the tags. The key is not to think about it too much.
- Choose and add your focal point (or main image) to the tag. I chose to use animals.
Ideas for Fabulous Images
- Look in thrift stores and antique markets for old royalty-free images.
- Use the backs of old playing cards.
- Look online. There are great sources for collage images.
- Search out vintage books.
- Add more papers to make the piece cohesive. Play with the paper scraps until you feel there is enough layering. Consider adding borders or text over the focal image. I found some great holiday sentiments and text in old song books.
Tip: Add a little bit of fun. I added some festive holiday hats to my woodland friends.
- Play with the different pens and markers in lots of different colors. Add some doodling, some dots; have fun with it. On some of my images I used a white paint marker and faded out the background images and/or colors.
- Using a minimal amount of glue, adhere the tags to a large sheet of decorative paper, and then sew all around the edges of each tag. I picked some simple, brightly colored solid cardstock. After you sew around the tags, cut out each individual tag shape.
Finishing the Holiday Gift Tags
- Decorate the back of the tag. I rubbed the back of the tag with a variety of colored ink pads. I also randomly sprayed the tags with Glimmer Mist, did some stamping, and then drew some lines and added “To” and “From” to each tag.
- Add an eyelet to each tag, and insert a ribbon, string, or some thread through the eyelet.
- Add a little glitz. I used Glossy Accents and Stickles to highlight my focal point. Sparkles and glitter say holiday to me. Allow the tags to dry overnight.
More Ideas for Gift Tags
- Use up those spools of thread that don’t have enough thread left to do a large project, but have too much thread to just toss out. Decorate with the thread or gather some strands together to use as the tie string.
- Personalize your tags by stamping the name of the recipient right on the tag.
- Add a touch of fabric with rickrack or some remnant ribbon.
- Use leftover yarn as the tie for your tag.
Holiday Gift Tags as Gifts
These gift tags are a great little project to use up a lot of the odds and ends that have a way of accumulating in your studio, and they make a nice gift in themselves. Make a set, six, or a dozen. Wrap them in a pretty basket and give them to your party host, or tie one to a bottle of wine. I am sure whoever ends up with one of your holiday gift tags will cherish your miniature work of art.
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Karin Winter moved to the United States from the Netherlands when she married. She has always had a love of arts, sewing, and creating with papers and fabrics. Karin lives in Peyton, Colorado, with her husband Josh, four young sons, and a beautiful little daughter.