DIY Christmas Tags

Once again, I’m cutting it super close… Christmas is 4 days away and I’m just now thinking about tags. For the past 2 years I’ve made my own tags out of scraps. (See 2013 and 2014 for a refresher).

THIS year, I decided to do something different. I still made my tags out of scraps… but not fabric scraps. I made these out of Christmas cards I’ve saved/collected over the years. Translation: NO SEWING!

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I’m going to confess something: I’m not a “card” person. I LIKE them; it’s a nice gesture, but I feel like they’re a bit of a waste… I mean, you read the card, love it… then you shove it into a drawer. I feel guilty throwing away sentiments (especially when they’re from my parents or my husband) so my cards just pile up. What purpose do they serve taking up space in a drawer for years and years?

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So pretty πŸ™‚

What better way to give cards more life than to pay them forward as Christmas tags, right?

This is how I did it:

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I cut out a template, traced it over sections of my Christmas cards, and cut it out.

That’s it!

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Use a hole-punch to string ribbon though it.

I didn’t just use the front of the cards, either.

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Nothing goes to waste.

I did this over and over until I had several tags.

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I do save SOME of my cards, Christmas or otherwise… I’m not a complete Scrooge πŸ™‚

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Once I string some ribbon through the hole in the tag, I tie it to the bow on my gift. (Curl the ribbon with scissors for extra pizzazz).

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I took most of these pictures when I got home from work at 10:30ish…I work a lot during the holidays; Yet another reason I didn’t want to sew my tags this year.

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I really like my scrap busting tags I’ve done in the past, but I have to admit I like these better! Easier is always better πŸ˜‰

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If you just can’t bring yourself to part with your old Christmas cards, you could use just about anything to make your own tags: old card stock, wrapping paper remnants, Magazine pages, or even your fabric scraps (just glue them instead of sew!)… anything really. The only limit is your imagination.

Happy DIY-ing and Merry Christmas!

 

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