I'm on a roll making gift tags for Christmas this year, experimenting with different methods and styles. Believe it or not, this is my first year making my own and I honestly don't think I'll ever go back to store bought. Today's tags are made with fabric scraps and cardboard from packaging.
Just like my gift tags made from paper shopping bags and my sewn paper gift tags, today's ones are super quick and easy to make, and they won't cost you a cent.
The fourth challenge in the 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges, was to make a Christmas card using an old cereal box (or another box), plus some supplies found in the home. Not having met this challenge yet, I went rummaging through drawers to see if I could find some suitable cardboard.
Bingo - cardboard packages, containing adhesive labels, in my stationery drawer.
- Cut out the desired shaped. (I traced around an existing tag, but you could make them any shape you wish).
Being green and with no advertising or text, the coloured side of the cardboard is perfect as is. The other side is the bit that needs jazzing up.
- Find some Christmassy fabric
- Draw, and cut out, the same gift tag shape.
- Glue the fabric onto the advertising / text side of the cardboard.
- Wait for it to dry.
- Punch a hole and add ribbon.
For the first time ever, I used Mod Podge. It seemed to be all the rage on craft blogs a while ago - an almost magical crafting supply which could do nearly anything. At the time I bought a bottle, but until today, had never used it.
Applying the white liquid to the cardboard, it seemed liked watered down PVA glue, so I did a bit of a search, and seems, it is just that - according to the numerous sites I checked out. When my bottle of Mod Podge runs out, I'll experiment with making my own.
And here's two of my gift tags - fabric on the front and the original two toned green on the back. The back could just as easily be plain brown cardboard - as long as it can be written on.
I normally avoid any type of glue at all costs, as I usually make a mess, but this project was a total success, and one I'll be doing again.
What do you do for Christmas gift tags?
I'll be adding my Christmas gift tags to the following link parties...
- Gift Wrapping - ongoing linky here at Threading My Way
- 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges Cards from Boxes
- Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew - opens on 18th of each month
- Wrapping Up the Holidays