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Whether is for birthdays, Christmas or just because, putting a tag on gifts you give is important. They don't have to come from the store though. Add a little of your own personality to your gifts by making your own tags. This is a guide about making your own gift tags.

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Tip: Reuse Christmas Cards as Gift Tags

Turning christmas cards into gift tags.Save your used gift cards. Cut the fronts of the cards to make lovely gift tags using fancy edged scissors if desired. Punch a hole in the top of the tag, then thread a colored string (crochet cotton works) through. Package them 20 tags to a cellophane bag, tie with a ribbon, and give out to friends as little 'friendship gifts' before Christmas. You can reuse all occasion cards too by making gift tags and bookmarks! Gift tags made out of gift cards.

Source: This recycling idea passed to me by my mother.

By linn.2009 from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Tip: Make Gift Tags from Wallpaper

We bought a house that needed to be decorated, so we bought a ton of wallpaper. When we were finished we had 20 rolls left. My daughter and I decided to make gift cards out of the leftovers for every holiday and birthdays. We used the following materials: a paper cutter, a one hole punch, and stamps with sayings on them.

What beautiful cards they turned out to be and we are making some extra cash on the side. This has turned out to be a full time business as well. Who would have thought? Now we have the whole family buying wallpaper for us and crafting as well, so many ideas to use the leftovers from our house.

By Lori from Middlefield, OH

Tip: Photo Christmas Package Tags

My 4 year old granddaughter will be Santa's helper this year. She will wear a Santa hat and distribute all the gifts from under the tree. Last year was hard for her because she couldn't read the names. This year she can hand out gifts with ease. Each gift has a photo on it so she will know immediately and will be less frustrated.

Wrapped package with photo id tag for child to use.

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Tip: Use Photos as Gift Tags

Since many of us have so many photos laying around, I decided to use them as name tags for gifts. I have 5 children, so instead of writing their names on each present, I tape a photo of them on their packages. A creative way to lighten the photo load. They all love this.

By Gwen L. from Palm Harbor, FL

Tip: Use Photos as Gift Tags at Christmas

I have a Christmas package tip to share: My niece, just turned 5, loves to pass out the gifts on Christmas morning at my house. Since she hasn't learned to read yet, I decided I would make it easier for her.

Instead of putting names on the packages, I put a picture of the recipient. She picks up a package and sees her pictures, she knows that one is hers. She gets a package with granddaddy's picture on it, she takes it to granddaddy. She loves it. I like to use funny pictures that I have taken through out the year and everyone gets a laugh from their picture.

It puts a few more laughs in the passing out and Rebekah feels like she is the master of ceremonies. It's fun. I printed as many pictures as I needed from the computer, this way it doesn't cost anything.

Source: Just an idea that popped in my head.

By Connie H. from Smithville

Pocket Gift Tags

Add a pretty pocket gift tag to your gift to make it even more special and unique.

Time: 30 mins.

Supplies:

  • white and blue cardstocks
  • scrap glittered papers
  • red ribbon
  • red rhinestones
  • buttons
  • circle punch
  • corner rounder punch
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • bone folder
  • paper trimmer or craft knife and ruler
  • double-sided and foam dot adhesives

Instructions

Pocket:

  1. Cut out template and trace onto blue cardstock.
  2. Make folds and score with a bone folder.
  3. To assemble, fold short flap, then the long flap. Apply tape or glue to secure.
  4. Using circle punch, punch the opening of the pocket.
  5. Print "Season's Greetings" label, cut out, adhere to the center of pocket. Embellish with rhinestone.
Pocket. Gift Tag:

  1. Cut 2 1/2 x 4 inch of white cardstock. Using corner rounder punch, punch the top left and top right of tag. Punch a hole in the center.

  2. Thread the tag with a length of red ribbon, then finish the ends with a bow. Use foam adhesive to adhere button.

  3. Trim a strip of decorative paper. Adhere to bottom of tag.
Gift tag outside of pocket.

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

Tip: Make Gift Tags Out of Junk Mail

Make gift tags out of junk mail! What a good way to save $ and have an afternoon of fun with the kids. First save some colorful junk mail mailings and envelopes with plastic windows on the back. You will need quite a bit of envelopes (double the amount of gift tags you want to make), glue stick, scissors, paper punch/glitter, some pretty paper, sayings etc,markers or other paint you can really make this your own unique craft.

  1. Take the backs off the envelopes and stack to one side, fronts to the other (you can use fronts to write names or messages on for step 4 below)

  2. Take 2 backs and put back to back, making sure the windows line up with each other and glue paper together around windows on three sides -leave open at top.

  3. Cut out glued windows leaving 1/4 inch border

  4. Put small strip of paper with message, name, etc. inside the see through gift tag. I like using fortune cookie paper saved form frequent trips to the Chinese restaurant :)

  5. Put confetti (made out of colorful junk mailing with paper punch) or glitter inside.

  6. Seal top

Optional: I like putting a message inside (#4 above) and writing the name with permanent marker on the outside.

Here you have it: a gift tag made entirely out of junk mail!

By Caeridwen

Tip: Reusable Christmas Gift Tags

When I was a child, my mother would make special Christmas present name tags for me and my sisters. Using Christmas cards, we had received she would cut them out and decorate them using yarn, ribbon, lace, etc. Using a big needle, she would sew around the edges of each one, put a string on it and they were done!

Each year when we would unwrap the presents, we would give her the name tags and they would be used again the next year, sometimes needing yarn replacement as us kids were so excited to get into our presents. It was great because we came to just know automatically which ones were ours because some of the tags never changed, she still uses the one from my first Christmas to this day when I go to her house for the holidays.

It was a great and cheap way to label our gifts and it's something I will always remember as a special part of our families traditions. I have even started doing this with my daughter.

Cookie Cutter Gift Tags

Add a little sparkle to your holidays with gift tags you can make in a jiffy. They can also be used as package tie-ons, or you can get your kids involved, let them make their own, and glue a craft stick to the back of each to make holiday puppets. Gift tag made with cookie cutters.

Crafting Time:

About 5 (or less) minutes to make one, not including glue drying time.

What You Need:

  • construction paper or card stock
  • holiday cookie cutters
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • fine tip markers
  • craft glue and glitter or glitter glue, in several colors
  • paper punch
  • yarn or ribbon

Directions:

  1. Trace a cookie cutter of choice on paper. Cut out the shape.
  2. Decorate the shape with marker if you wish, for example the snowman's face was put on with marker. His hat is black glitter.
  3. Add more color and sparkle by drawing on lines of glue and then sprinkling glitter over the glue. Glitter glue may be used in place of glue and glitter. The gingerbread man was decorated entirely with glue and glitter. Allow the glue to dry.
  4. Use fine tip marker to write "To" and "From" on the front.
  5. Use a paper punch to make a hole in each tag. Thread and knot a piece of ribbon or yarn through each hole.
  6. Note: If you would like to make several for special friends and family, I would suggest tracing all your shapes first, then cutting them all out, and then decorating all of them at the same time. The process will move much more quickly this way. It's kind of like mass production.

By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL

Tip: Personalized Ornaments as Gift Tags

An ornament personalized with a paint pen makes a great add-on gift when used instead of a gift tag.

By Linda

Tip: Craft: Perfume Gift Tags

Closeup of bottle with tag.My girls were creating little foam crafts the other day that had a loop around them. I saw them put one on an old bottle of cologne that was sitting on a shelf. I thought what a cute way to present a present of cologne. Cat plating with tag on bottle.

The craft uses foam, glue, pipe cleaners, stars, eyes, and other glue on things. Walmart sells a huge container of all these types of things so you don't have to buy them all separately. The girls have actually enjoyed this more than other "one activity" crafts you can buy. I still have a little kit of beads that was never opened.

Here are some photos of what I am going to put on the gift package for a bottle of cologne. Then when my husband opens it, he can put the decoration on the door of his room or on the bottle itself. It is so cute!

By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN

Tip: Make Personalized Tags With Old Christmas Cards

I save Christmas cards (my own and from friends) and cut out any large shapes on the front (nativity scene, angel, snowman, Santa playing soccer or tennis or football, candy canes, reindeer, etc.). I embellish the cut-out with tiny cotton balls (for snow), candy cane (candy), a star for the nativity scene, etc. I punch a hole on the top of the cutout, thread a ribbon through the hole and add a punched shipping tag (on which I've printed the recipient's name). It's fun trying to match the package/and tags with the person receiving the gift, and everyone looks to see which package belongs to them based on the tags! I also write on the blank tag why I chose the picture tag for that person (in case it connection isn't obvious!).

By Casey from Plano, TX

Craft Project: Make Personalized Photo Gift Tags

Gift tag with a photo on it of the gift recipient.Picture name tags for gifts. This works great for any gift giving holiday or occasion.

You'll need:

  • Old and new pictures of the recipients of your gifts.
  • Heavy paper like construction paper or card stock
  • Wrapping paper with small designs on
  • Stencils, stickers, stamp pad and festive stamps
  • Paper hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

Make copies of the pictures on a color copier or your home printer. That way you can preserve the originals. Cut them out and glue on a piece of paper cut the right size for a small card. Cut designs from wrapping paper to suit the occasion and glue on the card for decoration. Or you can decorate free hand or use stencils, stickers or stamps. Punch a hole in the card and string ribbon through to hang from the package. Write on the card who it is from. No need to write who it is to. This really works nice when you are searching under the Christmas tree looking for the certain gift to give. You don't have to read each and every tag just look for that person's picture.

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Archive: Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

Don't throw out your greetings cards once the holiday season is past. When you have sorted out the special ones you want to keep, go through the rest and save any with pictures that can be cut out (i.e. no writing on the back) - which is usually most of them. The cut-out smaller cards you get can be used for gift tags next year. I had this tip from a friend years ago and have done it ever since. I rarely need to buy gift tags at Christmas and it's a good way of recycling those lovely cards we just otherwise throw away or recycle with the other waste paper.

By Gill


RE: Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

We did this "back in the day" when I was a little kid....1960s/1970s. Nowadays I do this, especially for larger gifts where I want the tag to be noticed, and use my decorative edge scrapbook scissors to make the cuts. Punch a hole and add some (often recycled) ribbon for a nice touch. This makes a fun rainy day project to do with your kids near the holidays, and can even be done as you're putting things away after Christmas to prepare for the next holiday. They could add stickers and glitter, etc., to embellish. I'm sure other holiday and greeting cards could be used for birthday gifts throughout the year, too. (10/27/2008)

By Judy B in Round Hill VA

Archive: Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

Don't throw out your greetings cards once the holiday season is past. When you have sorted out the special ones you want to keep, go through the rest and save any with pictures that can be cut out (i.e. no writing on the back) - which is usually most of them. The cut-out smaller cards you get can be used for gift tags next year. I had this tip from a friend years ago and have done it ever since. I rarely need to buy gift tags at Christmas and it's a good way of recycling those lovely cards we just otherwise throw away or recycle with the other waste paper.

By Gill


RE: Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

We did this "back in the day" when I was a little kid....1960s/1970s. Nowadays I do this, especially for larger gifts where I want the tag to be noticed, and use my decorative edge scrapbook scissors to make the cuts. Punch a hole and add some (often recycled) ribbon for a nice touch. This makes a fun rainy day project to do with your kids near the holidays, and can even be done as you're putting things away after Christmas to prepare for the next holiday. They could add stickers and glitter, etc., to embellish. I'm sure other holiday and greeting cards could be used for birthday gifts throughout the year, too. (10/27/2008)

By Judy B in Round Hill VA

Archive: Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags

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Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags
Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags
*** Each year I save our Christmas cards and use them the next year to decorate the Christmas presents instead of buying bows and name tags.

By Betty from NC


RE: Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

This IS a good way to re-use old Christmas cards! Great idea! ...You could also do the same thing with kids birthday cards for birthday gifts!

Another one of my favorite ways to recycle Christmas cards is to Crochet around them to make hanging ornaments for the tree. I just got the idea from here on ThriftyFun from this post from last week: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf35986354.tip.html (12/08/2008)

By Cyinda

RE: Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

My daughter and I always enjoy making our own holiday gift tags every year, and they are cherished by the gift recipients. This year I received a gift in November that arrived in a department store gift box with a design of dots in holiday colors. Unfortunately, the gift giver had written on the box so I couldn't re-use it. Instead, I cut it up into gift tag-sized pieces, which my daughter and I are now busy decorating (12/09/2008)

By Blue Ginger

RE: Old Holiday Greeting Cards As Gift Tags

I have made gift tags out of old cards for several years now. I just cut out part of the picture, punch a hole with a hole punch and attach with ribbon. This especially works well since I mostly use (and reuse) gift bags instead of wrapping paper. (12/09/2008)

By teddygirl

RE: Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags

My mom has done this since the sixties, and we still all do it. Makes really nice packages. I have noticed that people are not sending Christmas cards as much as they used to- I know I don't- I guess due to higher postage rates and the economy in general. My BIL's neighbors were kind enough to send us their cards after the holidays last year when he told them about our using them for gift tags. What a nice gesture. (01/08/2009)

By Susanna

RE: Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags

This is a fantastic idea! Thank you (01/09/2009)

By kellymammamia

Archive: Reuse Christmas Cards as Gift Tags

At the end of the holiday season, I pack away all the holiday cards received that year to use as a Christmas card list guide for the next year and also to reminisce. When I unpack my decorations the next year, I re-read the cards, cutting them at the creases and disassembling them for crafty gift tags for this year's gifts!

Cut out a picture from the holiday card and use a hole punch to thread ribbon through. Then write "To:" and "From" on the back of the gift tag and attach to your package! No more scrounging for sticker tags or pricier cardstock/decorative tags. Not only am I recycling the paper, I'm also saving $ and enjoying last year's Christmas cards all over again. To be even greener, be sure to recycle the scraps of cards that you don't use for the gift tags.

By Kelli from Tulsa, OK


RE: Reuse Christmas Cards as Gift Tags

Good idea :-) As long as nothing is written on the back of the front side they can be cut in half and used as post cards and then use the back side of the other portion as scratch paper :-) (12/13/2009)

By Deeli

Archive: Reuse Christmas Cards as Gift Tags

Save your Christmas and Greeting Cards. You can reuse the fronts of the cards by cutting unique gift tag size cards.

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Archive: Reuse Christmas Cards as Gift Tags

Don't throw away last year's Christmas cards. Use the pictures on old cards to cut gift tags for this year. Cut out a star, a tree, a manger, or whatever makes a striking image, then punch a hole in it. Thread through some colored twine, and you've got a great gift-tag for this year's gifts.

By Lucy from Oxford, UK