This time of year after Christmas we often start to think about small ways we can save money and one way to do that can be to take your lovely Christmas cards, and upcycle them into gift tags to use next Christmas. It’s a super simple way to save a few pounds buying new tags and is a fun papercraft to do with children.
To make fun Christmas gift tags you will need cards with suitable tag images and then either a craft punch, craft die and cutting machine or simply some decorative edged scissors.
If you use decorative scissors, simple cut around the images you want to use. You don’t even really need special scissors, regular ones will work just as well too. These scalloped scissors work great here with the edge of the image.
There are hundreds of types of craft punch on the market, this one is the Woodware Lever Punch – Super – Gift Tag 2″ 5cm which is perfect for this project. I always turn the punch upside down to check where the cuts will be and then turn the punch over to push the handle down.
Like punches, there are hundreds of metal dies in the craft market to use with a die cutting machine and that makes creating tags super fun as you don’t need to stick to one shape. The machine above is my Cuttlebug machine. Follow the instructions for making up the correct “sandwich” and cut – that simple!
I used a hole punch to put a hole in each tag, I haven’t added ribbon or twine to the tags as I find it more useful to do this when I actually wrap a gift so I know how long it needs to be. But aren’t these so cute? I think I might make some more later in the year with old birthday cards as having birthday gift tags is always useful with so many people in our family to gift at Birthdays.
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