Making Your Own Gift Tags

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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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.

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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

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

Time: 30 mins.


  • 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



  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.
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.

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

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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

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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.

snowman and gingerbread man tags

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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.

Wrapped package with photo id tag for child to use.

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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

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This is a guide about reusable gift tags. Gift tags don't need to be disposable. With some creativity you can create beautiful tags that can be reused.

Making Reusable Gift Tags

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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.

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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

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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.).

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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


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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I would like a pattern for a gift card that you fold dollar bills to look like a man's shirt. You decorate it using two-sided tape with buttons and a ribbon for a tie.


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Make a tag form or use a ready-made tag in ivory color. Cut a small piece of paper that is either old or looks old the size of the tag, minus 1/8 inch all the way around.

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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.

Closeup of bottle with tag.

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

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Cut the top part of used greeting cards off, then cut this down to whatever size (and shape) you wish, depending on the design. (If it's an angel, just cut her out.) I also like to use hearts or other shapes that perhaps match the occasion for the gift you will use them on. Punch a hole in it, write your sentiments on the back, and attach to your package with a colored ribbon or raffia.

By Patricia Fielder

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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

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Save your Christmas and Greeting Cards. You can reuse the fronts of the cards by cutting unique gift tag size cards. You can use pinking shears or fancy edging scissors for variety and you should be able to get several tags from the card fronts. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and thread a colorful string through - crochet cotton is good. Package them up in small cellophane bags (24 to a bag) and tie a ribbon around the top of the bag to close. Give these to friends for a little gift or use them on your next year's Christmas or special occasion gifts.

This is a great recycling project for school children after Christmas each year. When word gets out your friends will be giving you their cards for recycling.

Source: I made these with my mother when growing up and I made them with my daughters, so the tradition goes on!

By linn.2009 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Reuse Christmas Cards as Gift Tags

This idea is brilliant! (07/07/2010)

By PainterLee

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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


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

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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


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: (12/08/2008)

By Cyinda

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

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

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

Reuse Christmas Cards As Gift Tags

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

By kellymammamia

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Don't throw out your greetings cards once the holiday season is past.

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Don't throw out your greetings cards once the holiday season is past.

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