Everyone appreciates a beautifully-wrapped present. It’s simply more satisfying to give, receive and unwrap and, at Christmas, it ups the real estate value beneath your tree exponentially. One idea that’s easy to make and ties the whole homemade look together is a handcrafted gift tag. The same designs can also be reused to create simple place cards for your next holiday dinner party.
What you’ll need: Card stock paper, pencil, ruler, scissors, glue stick, hot glue gun, hole punch. Various decorative supplies including gold and silver pens, wrapping paper, ribbon, jewels, feathers, dried berries, or whatever you like! All supplies for this craft were purchased at Dollarama except striped wrapping paper, gold tissue paper and maps.
To make gift tags, draw and cut out a template on card stock. Ours was a 2″ x 3.75″ rectangle. We then cut off two triangles to create a pointed end. Trace around your template to create the number of gift tags that you need.
1. Peacock parade: Jewels and feathers: could anything be more decadent? A palette of blue, green and silver is far more glitzy than the traditional red and green.
Punch a hole at the pointed end of the tag, then cut a strip of wrapping paper and glue it to the opposite end. If your wrapping paper has pretty designs, you could cut around one of those instead of a strip. Glue a feather and a line of jewels to the tag and then sign it with a metallic pen.
To create a place card, trace a 3″ x 4″ rectangle, cut, then fold in half.
2. Paper Bag Christmas: Kraft paper decorated with scraps of wax paper and a touch of red string and berries looks intentionally rustic and handmade. Pussy willows or evergreen sprigs are festive and inexpensive.
3. Globetrotter: Instead of throwing out your travel maps, reuse them as wrapping paper. Points if the maps are from a trip that you took with your giftee. For a professional touch, decorate your tags with travel stickers, which can be purchased at your local dollar or craft store.
4. Midas touch: Monochromatic wrapping (using paper, ribbon, bows and tags all in the same hue or colour family) is ultra-modern. Add texture and dimension to your tag or place card by hot gluing curly ribbon to the card stock.