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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Easy Christmas Gift Tag Ideas

Bonjour Mes Amis!
It's been a brisk and windy day here at the chateau, so I've been staying cozy inside working in my craft room!
Today I thought I'd share with you some pretty gift tags that I made the other day, that are super easy, and make use of little scraps of paper and bits of cord and ribbon that you may already have on hand.
Pretty much all you need are scissors, a hole punch, glue stick, images of your choice, cord or twine, and scrapbooking paper and some glitter glue.
I began by cutting my tags from chipboard (sorry, I didn't get a shot of that!).  I actually never buy chipboard, I just save the inserts that often come in picture frames.  Whenever I come across chipboard like cardboard in various packaging, I squirrel it away, as you never know when it will come in handy!  
Why buy something when you don't have to, right?!
For the angel tags above, I used a gorgeous image of a pretty angel, compliments of the Graphics Fairy.  I also found the French Christmas sheet music there as well. 
I covered the backs of all of the tags with pretty Christmas scrapbooking paper and vintage sheet music.  
 Here's a look at some of my tags.
 Aren't these chandelier tags the cutest?  I thought the paper was so pretty, so I kept these tags simple and just embellished with some glitter glue.  Luckily I happened to have some red and white baker's twine left over from Valentine's day projects, so all I did was punch holes in the top of each tag and add the twine.
 Here's what the backsides look like.
 I also happened to have a few of these pretty dimensional snowflake stickers left from last year.
 More tags, front and back.
Since these tags are weightier and more substantial made with the chipboard, and many of them oversized, the recipient could hang them from their Christmas tree if they wanted to.  
 The little birdy tags below are some of my favorites!  I made a bunch of them last year too similar to this.  A sweet little chickadee and vintage sheet music, as well as pretty vintage gold cording, makes for a charming addition to your packages.
 Of course you know how much I love glitter!  And the holidays are a great excuse for me to add some sparkle to just about everything (not that I need an excuse!!).
So I used my favorite glitter glue "Stickles" to add some bling to all of the tags.
 Isn't this little metal caddy just the cutest?  I found it awhile back at the thrift store, and just love it!  It's perfect for storing my crafting supplies as I'm working on projects.
 I thought about embellishing each little pot, but I actually am enjoying it as is for now!
Hope this gives you some ideas for making your own tags.
I think they would be so pretty on a simply wrapped gift, hung from a bottle of wine as a hostess gift, or even give a set to a friend as a little gift!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
In a few days I'll be sharing with you some of my stenciling experiments. I'm having a blast using my DecoArt stencils and chalk paint!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They're all super cute. Have fun creating.

Little Miss Maggie said...

Donna, I can't pick a favorite. I love them all. What a great use of scraps and snippets of odds and ends.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oooh, I love them all. I bet your tags will end up as ornaments on a special tree. They are so pretty.

Nancy said...

Donna, These are all adorable! I save all that Cardboard too! and it always come in handy when I want something to stay straight and pretty~

Huggs, Nancy

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

The gift tags are fabulous - great job. I know your having fun with all the wonderful treasures you received. Have fun.

Celestina Marie said...

Donna these are fabulous. I just love them all. You are so creative. The little birds are so sweet. I know you are having fun and looking forward to your chalk paint designs.
Stay warm. We are having sleet and freezing temps. I am loving it for the holiday.

Joyce Mayer said...


Hugs and Happy Sunday.

Tete said...

I love doing this and yours turned out wonderful! I still have tags left over from a couple years ago. Love that caddy. Its so fun!

NanaDiana said...

You make the sweetest tags ever, Donna. You know I just love your work- glitter and all! And, you know I can't pick a favorite cuz I love them all. I really like that little metal holder you found there too with the little galvanized tins. xo Diana

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG, I love them all, but the chandelier ones are adorable!


Art and Sand said...

LOVE your tags and the cute container to display them.

Musings from Kim K. said...

I thought of you when we were riding the 'it's a small world ride' at Disney. All that GLITTER throughout the sets. It was PURE Donna!