Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thrifty Gift Tags - Tutorial

Let's face it - it all ends up in the rubbish bin on Christmas Day once the gifts have been torn open, right? So I am not spending extra money on wraps and cards. I love a really prettily wrapped gift though, so I made these gift cards which I think look lovely and cost me next to nothing!


Here is how I did it:

You need -
scrap cardboard, not too thick (mine came from the insert in a wine box)
scissors or paper trimmer
hole punch
ring binder reinforcement stickers
stamp kit and ink pad and/or dollar store Christmas themed stickers


 First, take your cardboard and your scissors and cut your cards. I use a pre made one as a template and cut around it, you may choose to make a template in the desired shape and size you want, then cut as many as you can from your cardboard.



You can also buy gift tag shaped craft punches which make the job very quick and easy.

Next, take your hole punch and punch a hole into the end of the tag.



This is optional, but I think it gives a more authentic luggage tag look - stick your ring binder sticker around the hole you just punched. I bought them at an office supplies store.


Time to decorate! Use your stamps if you have some. My ink pad and letter stamps came from the craft store. The cute reindeer stamp I bought here. I used some christmas words this time, but I often personalise them with the gift recipient's name.



Or you can use some dollar store stickers to make some pretty tags like these:
Now add them to your lovely gifts:


Brown paper packages tied up with string...these are a few of my favourite things!

Make sure you follow me in your preferred way - GFC, Facebook, email, RSS - I have a little give away coming up for my readers later this week and I think you'll love it! Don't miss it!

Lots more creative ideas here!

I would love it if you shared a picture of your finished product at my Flickr Group!

31 comments:

  1. So quick and easy, Ros.... a great idea!

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  2. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  3. They look great Ros - so simple and effective. I've actually been looking for a gift tag punch... if anyone knows where to get them, please tell me!!! :)

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  4. Love this idea! Simple but classic. Thank you for sharing at Southern Lovely. I will definitely be making these tags :)

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  5. Awesome idea - so simple and elegant!

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  6. Simply beautiful. Thought i recognized the stamp - i bought some last month and love them!

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  7. These tags look really sweet, and a great idea - thanks for sharing!

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  8. great idea, thanks for sharing! love the stamped one :-)

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  9. I love these! I'm adding this to the list of things for Emily to do on the holidays!

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  10. I'm your newest follower, I love descovering fellow aussie bloggers! I have recently started my own little sewing/crafting/family blog. Would love if you would check it out and follow along! :-)
    sewloveit.blogspot.com

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  11. Quick, easy and cheap - so perfect.

    I'd love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-friday.html

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  12. Lovely idea, and I think they're so much prettier than normal gift tags! I bet people will be saving these instead of throwing them away :)

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  13. I love how you used the cardboard! Thanks for giving us ideas!

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  14. Love tham. Thank you for sharing and for linking up to last weeks show and share party. Please come back this week and share your latest project with us.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of yellow
    wjwiki07@hotmail.com

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  15. These look so nice! I love the look for craft paper... So much nicer than shiny foil sticker tags, and easier on the wallet as well :-)

    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog!

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  16. These look so pretty! Very thrift, but still very elegant. Nice touch with the ribbon as well :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/11/your-whims-wednesday-35-and-features.html

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  17. An excellent way to save money by being creative & unique...a definite must during the holidays! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower, please drop by for a visit when you can.

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  18. im lovin theses tags! so so easy and very pretty! thanks for sharing! happy new follower:)

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  19. Your tags are just so cute! I love how sweet and simple they are! I featured you today - http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/12/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-30/

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  20. These simple tags are just lovely!
    I am hosting my first EVAH link party this weekend. It is up and running now and I would love for you to come link up some of your projects!

    Kim @ Too Much Time

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/search/label/get%20schooled%20saturday

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  21. Gorgeous (and I love how simple and thrifty they are!). Thanks for sharing. You are being featured this week.
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/12/cure-for-common-monday-20.html

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  22. Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-3.html

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  23. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Will try this one.

    Rabbit Breeds

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  24. such a cute idea! i was wondering where you got the ring binder reinforcement stickers? (i'm from melbourne too)

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    1. Hi Emily, you can get them anywhere that sells stationary, like Officeworks or a newsagency.

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  25. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of homemade gift tags! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/homemade-gift-tags/

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  26. Hi Ros, I've featured your Thrift Gift tags today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/12/threading-your-way-features_8.html

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  27. Darn it I might have go buy wine because I am positive that's what really made the tags wonderful ;) Really cute idea :)

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  28. Super cute, super fun and super easy! Something one can do with kidlets :)

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