Sunday, 1 December 2013

Quick easy christmas tags!

This year I am making some Christmas biscuits to give to workmates and various friends as Christmas Gifts. I have found clear bags to put them into and then decided that I needed a small gift tag to go with it.

Its probably quicker to buy 40 gift tags for $2 from a cheapy shop but it seems silly to me to give a handmade gift and then to attach a shop bought tag to go with it.

So after a quick look in the craft room - I decided that I was good to go and had enough bits and bobs to make a few super easy Christmas-y gift tags for my homemade hand made presents!

Here's what I did...

(Please excuse the bad photos. My phone does not take good photos and the camera battery goes flat 1/2 an hour after it is charged up...)

 

 
I found 4 pieces of red and green A4 card and chopped them in to 12 pieces to give me a tag base to work from.


Using a piece of last years wrapping paper that went with the tag colours, I cut some 2cm wide strips from the wrapping paper.

 
And stuck them to each tag. I decided to go for an offset strip but there is no reason why you couldn't put them in the middle, across the middle, at the bottom or anything that looks good to you!


Then I trimmed up the edges
 
 
And cut them into tag shapes by cutting the corners off one end.
 

 
Then I put holes in the small end with a hole punch...
 
 
 And gilded the edges with a gold stamp pad.
 
 
 I found some wrapped candy canes at the Cheapy shop (15 for $2)
 

And they threaded perfectly through the holes giving the tag some weight, texture and another yummy to eat all at the same time! The string will tie onto the sealed biscuit bags and I can write a message on the back of the tag, as in this case, the back of the card is white.
 
You could print a message out on your computer and stick it to the back of the tag if you wanted to as well.

Nice and easy! Cheap if you have the bits already. Quite quick and can be adapted to any colour scheme that you desire. You could write the persons name on a bauble in glitter pen, thread that through the hole instead of the candy cane and then they could put it in their own tree for a calorie reduced version!

Silver tags with a patterned silver paper with a silver bauble would be very classy (as would gold) or you could use your wrapping paper to make matching tags. There are lots of Christmas decorations that you could use instead of a candy cane like snowflakes or hanging Santa's, it depends what you are in the mood to create!

Have fun!

Score card:
Green-ness: 5/5 for using left overs from another project and not buying a commercial product! 
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for not spending more than $2!
Time cost: Maybe about 20 minutes to make 30 of these...
Skill level: Cutting and pasting - oh and threading this time!
Fun-ness: Great fun - and people love home made stuff so much!

3 comments:

living-simply-free.com said...

Kara those are really cute. I let my granddaughter help me make tags last year which I will reuse this year. She used cereal boxes and candy wrappers, they turned out adorable.

simply bev said...

So cute!

Practical Frog said...

Thanks Ladies - they were fun to make! - K x

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