Festive Holiday Tags
By: Sue Astroth for C&T Publishing
Try these free Christmas crafts from C&T Publishing. Make festive holiday tags to adorn your homemade Christmas gifts this year and you'll have a truly handmade holiday.
- Ready-to-Go!® Blank Board Book 5″ x 3″ Tag 2-Pack
- Designer paper—background
- Chalk ink—background
- Design materials: diecuts, photos, glitter, brads, rhinestones, etc.
- Ribbon for attaching tag
- Craft knife
- Metal-edged ruler
- Paper adhesive
- File or sandpaper
- With a sharp craft knife and a metal edged ruler, cut pages away from book. Due to the construction of the book, some tags will be slightly shorter than others.
- Place background of choice on tag.
- Paper background: Trace around tag on the wrong side of your scrapbook paper. Cut out and glue in place with dry adhesive. With a file or fine grit sand paper sand off the edges for a uniform look.
- Ink background: Use chalk ink and with a circular motion directly color the tag with the ink pad. Remember to do the edges and the reverse side.
- Fabric background: Fuse fabric onto the tag using a fusible fabric adhesive. Once ironed in place trim away excess fabric.
- Select stickers, die cuts, or photos to cut and place on your tag. Use glitter, brads, rhinestones, felt, or other embellishments to personalize the tags. (for stores this is a great way to use up some broken packages, or highlight new embellishments you want to feature. Also a great way to sell various dies or feature the different die cut machines you have in stock.)
- Tie with a ribbon and place on package. Good way to sell small cuts of ribbon, combine ribbons for a fun or elegant look.
Some other ideas:
- Tree ornaments. Use several tags strung together to spell out holiday wishes or someone’s name (like a garland).
- Use vintage photos of the recipient for the “to” side and a vintage photo of the giver on the “from” side.
- Number them 1–12 for The “Twelve Days of Christmas” or 1–25 as an Advent Calendar.
- Everyday uses – label hooks in a hallway or make a key tag for visiting guests.
- Larger tag book (see createandtreasure.com) – make a “baby is sleeping,” “my room,” or “stay out!” door sign.
- Backpack or musical instrument case ID tag.