I will not buy gift tags because I can make them myself. I don’t make them because I’m always so late when wrapping gifts! I don’t have the time for that last thing that makes each gift perfect… Catch-22, right? Nope, not this year!
Look! I decided to make gift tags prior to wrapping the Christmas gifts and be a bit pro-active for once! In this way I won’t have to write my “to” and “from” on the wrapping paper this year! And once I had started, I could hardly stop myself.
Paper craft is so much fun, and add some glitter and I’m sparkling with joy! I’ve made a tutorial so that you too can give with glitterlicious style this year!
Tutorial: How to make Glittery Gift Tags
You’ll need cardstock, a thrifted book to tear pages from, glue, glitter and some tools.
Now, get out your papers! I used green cardstock and a thin text page from a vintage word book.
1. Glue the text page to the cardstock using gel medium (it’s like paper glue). Let it dry.
Look through a few drawers for more tools that you can use on your handmade gift tags. I took out a cutting mat assigned for paper projects, my x-acto knife, a quilting ruler and the corner punches I’ve been talking about (whose packing I made the Christmas Tree from last week).
Then make up your mind on what kind of size you like. I made a few different sizes of tags, coz I’m thinking I need different tags for small and large presents. Though most of mine ended up being 6×9 centimeters (2.3×3.5 inches), which is quite large.
3. Cut a strip lengthwise then make the individual tags by cutting them down to tag size.
If you don’t have one you don’t need to run out and look for it, you can round your corners with a scissor or leave them as they are… BUT if you do own a corner punch you know how fun they are to use. Punch, punch, punch, punch and all corners have an equal and perfect roundness to them! To me this is “that little extra” that made the Christmas Tags look professional enough, but still has that mixed media homemade feeling I wanted to share.
5. Glue on any kind of image you like. I’ve made my own stickers on the computer that say “Merry Christmas and a Happy New 09 from Hanna” on each one in Swedish. God jul och gott nytt 2009 önskar Hanna! You can cut out an image from a magazine, use stickers or draw something. Have fun with it, and make it your own.
Another handy tool is this one, looking like the statue of liberty:
Oh, how I love to combine glitter and creativity!
kind regards from your sparkling creative guide