Making Christmas Gift Tags

A pretty gift tag transforms a present. Handmade tags are unique, inexpensive, and easy to make. And they're a fun way to add a personal touch to your gift. Use the suggestions below to get started:
  • Make color photocopies of elegant fabric and cut into small rectangles for tags. Punch a hole in the corner and add a pretty ribbon to finish.

  • Copy photographs onto sticker paper and cut out, leaving white space at the bottom of the photo to write "To" and "From."

  • Purchase small round Christmas balls, and write the recipient's name on the ball with a metallic pen. Secure to the present with ribbon.

  • Tie two candy canes together with green ribbon. Secure a small green card to the middle of the canes before attaching to the top of the present.

  • Print tags on heavy paper in a fancy font, then cut them out with decorative-cut scissors.

  • Recycle gorgeous gift wrap by cutting it into larger-than-usual gift tags. If the paper is too thin to use alone, glue it to the front of card stock, or cut around motifs and glue them to the cards.

  • Mount a gift card on the top of a box using photo corners. These not only look elegant, but they make the card the focal point of the present.
Now you're ready to move on to some handmade crafts.

Copper Accented Gift Tags

Creating your own copper accents is fun and easy, and what a great addition they will be to your presents. You can also use them as ornaments! Here's what you'll need to get started:

Here are some completed Copper Accented Tags.
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Here are some completed
Copper Accented Tags.

  • Kitchen scouring pad
  • 7x7-inch piece medium-weight copper sheeting
  • Paper towels
  • Craft foam sheet
  • Fine and medium ball-tip metal stylus
  • Scissors
  • Wood stylus or craft stick
  • Metal baking sheet
  • Embossing heat gun
  • Cardstock: medium blue, light blue, dark green, light green
  • Single-face corrugated paper: burnt umber
  • Craft glue
  • Hole punches: 3/16 inch, 1/16 inch
  • Scrapbooking chalk: black,
  • dark green, dark blue
  • Light green textured paper
  • Gold fine-tip marker
  • Ruler
  • 10 silver mini brads
  • Assorted alphabet tiles, beads, and charms
  • Assorted old buttons
  • 18-gauge black jewelry wire
  • Round-nose jewelry pliers
  • Assorted ribbons
To construct a Copper Accented Gift Tag:
  1. Use kitchen scouring pad to lightly scour both sides of copper sheet; scuff surface to age and remove coating. Wipe off.

  2. Lay copper facedown on craft foam. Leaving enough space to cut out later, trace a pattern of your desired Christmas shape -- a star, a tree, a gingerbread man, etc...
  3. Go back over traced lines using medium tip of metal stylus, pressing lines deeper into copper. Leaving a narrow metal border around all edges, cut out shapes.

    Go back over the traced lines with a medium-tipped stylus.
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    Go back over the traced lines
    with a medium-tipped stylus.

  4. Emboss lines and shapes on copper. Use wood and metal styluses for different effects and line thicknesses. Turn copper pieces over, and run tip of wood stylus along sides of embossed lines to define lines and smooth copper.

    Emboss the copper using wood and metal styluses.
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    Emboss the copper using
    wood and metal styluses.

  5. Place copper shapes on baking sheet, and heat with embossing gun to give shapes a more antique look.

    Use an embossing gun to give the copper a more antique look.
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    Use an embossing gun to give the
    copper a more antique look.

  6. Cut tags from colored cardstock and corrugated paper. Trim 1/8 inch from edges of medium blue and dark green tags, and glue to center of light blue and light green tags. Punch a 3/16-inch hole at top-center of each tag.

  7. Color edges of each tag with coordinating color chalks (use black for burnt umber tag). Tear a piece of light green cardstock to place behind tree; piece should be about 2x2 inches. Dust edges of torn cardstock with dark green chalk. Tear 2 pieces of green textured paper; 1 piece will be placed behind star and other piece behind gingerbread boy. Use gold marker to make stitch lines around edges of dark green tag.

  8. Place textured paper, gingerbread boy, and star on blue tag. Place textured paper and star on green tag. Place green cardstock and tree on corrugated tag. Punch 1/16-inch holes going through all layers, and insert brads. Open brad wings on back of tags to hold pieces together.

    Place the copper on the cardstock gift tags.
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    Place the copper on
    the cardstock gift tags.

  9. Glue on letters and buttons. Use jewelry pliers to bend a loop at ends of 5-inch length of black wire. Shape wire, then attach to gingerbread tag and copper star with brads. Glue button on top of black wire.

  10. Create a hanger for each using decorative ribbons or black jewelry wire.

    Here are some completed Good News Giftwrap Angels.
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    Here are some completed
    Good News Giftwrap Angels.

Good News Giftwrap Angel

No household should be without an angel this holiday season. You can use pieces of wrapping paper and curling ribbon to make it easy to coordinate with your gifts. Here are the materials you will need:
  • Giftwrap: 12x30 inches main design, 8x30 inches coordinating design
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Old newspaper
  • Dish towel
  • Curling ribbon
  • Glue
To construct a Good News Giftwrap Angel:
  1. From main design, cut 12x6-inch piece (body) and 7x5-inch piece (arms). Cut 6x6-inch square for head out of coordinating design. Crumple about 3/4 of newspaper page into ball.

  2. Immerse cutouts in water, then lay flat wrong side up on towel. Dry off excess water. Paper should be damp and pliable, not soggy. Fold body in half, short sides together, and cut 2-inch slits at fold toward center. Fold corners at slits toward middle of paper as shown.

    Fold the corners of the paper toward the slits at the center.
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    Fold the corners of the paper
    toward the slits at the center.

  3. Roll arms into tube lengthwise. Fold body in half over arms. Bend arms down at "shoulders," gather waist together, and tie with ribbon. Fold bottom edge of skirt inside. Cut small X in center of shoulders; set aside.

  4. Wrap head cutout around newspaper, and twist bottom to secure. To make headband, cut ribbon to fit around angel's head. Cut and curl short pieces for hair, and glue on each side of headband. Glue headband to head. Insert head through X, and glue in place. Cut 2 wing shapes from giftwrap; glue in place.
Holly and the Ivy

'Tis the season for holly and ivy. This package topper is Christmas at its best! Here's what you will need:
  • 7x7x7-inch gift box
  • Copper moire; medium-weight wrapping paper, cut into a 30x16-inch sheet
  • Double-sided tape
  • 3 yards of 11/2-inch-wide teal wired silk ribbon, moire; ribbon, or satin ribbon, divided into 21/3-yard and 2/3-yard lengths
  • 13/4-inch plastic foam flower arranger
  • All-purpose craft glue
  • Silk variegated ivy sprigs or fresh variegated ivy sprigs
  • Artificial red berries and pinecone boughs or individual holly boughs and small pinecones
To construct a Holly and the Ivy tag:
  1. Wrap the box using the wrapping paper and double-sided tape. Turn the package upside-down. Place the 21/3-yard ribbon length under the box with equal lengths extending. Bring the ends together at the center and cross them, pulling them tightly in opposite directions. Bring the ends toward the top of the package, holding them securely in place. Turn the package right-side up. Center the flower arranger on top of the package, and secure using craft glue. Allow to dry. Tie the ends into a bow, securing the flower arranger. Crinkle ribbon ends.

    Center the flower arranger on top of the package and secure with glue.
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    Center the flower arranger on top of the
    package and secure with glue.

  2. Press the ends of the ivy, red berries, and pinecones into the plastic foam arranger as desired.

  3. Tie the remaining 2/3-yard of ribbon into a loose single knot over the first knot. Trim the ends as desired.

    Tie the remaining ribbon loosely around the first knot.
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    Tie the remaining ribbon loosely
    around the first knot.

For those of you who like a more traditional Christmas wrapping, we have plenty of crafts for you. On the next page, you will learn how to make Christmas gift-wrappings.