In my family, the gift wrap has always been half the fun of Christmas. Over the years, “It’s almost too pretty to open!” has become a reoccurring statement. (Almost being the keyword, of course.)
Incorporating fun colors and details is a great way to add to the anticipation of unwrapping presents and emphasize just how much care you put into each gift.
On that note, these DIY gift tags are a quick and simple way to add some personal flair—and a keepsake—to all your gifts this year!
What you’ll need:
- Old and new photos printed on card stock
- Red and white puffy paint
- Hole punch (preferably small)
- Baker’s twine
- Black felt-tip pen
Start by finding photos relevant to each person on your gift list. They can be sentimental or humorous, photos of the two of you together—even pets can make a great addition! You can use pretty much anything that you think will make your recipient smile.
I scanned and printed these photos on my home printer, but you can always take the stack of photos—or a flash drive full of digital copies—to your local Staples, Kinko’s or Office Max. Any of those places will be able to help with your scanning or printing needs. (Keep in mind that you may need extras in case something goes awry, so you’ll want to print a few copies.)
I chose to print mine in black and white to give the embellishments a little more pop, but that’s totally up to you!
Once you’ve cut out all your photos, you can snip the top corners off the ones that you’d like to have a traditional “tag” shape. Just cut one corner off, then use the excess piece as a guide for your second snip.
Now you’re ready for paint! Puffy paint can be a bit temperamental, so be careful and take it slow. I would make a few practice strokes on a spare sheet of paper to be sure all the air is out of the tip—otherwise, you may get a sudden spat of paint all over your image.
Let the paint dry for about an hour before moving on to the next step.
Once all your tags have dried, punch a hole in the top right, left or center of each tag and feed about an 8″ piece of baker’s twine through the hole. Use your black pen to add quotes and notes to the front or back of the cards.
Washi tape and ribbon can also make great additions to your wrapping technique, so experiment and have fun!
I’ve found that these are a great way to reflect on years passed and all the special people and moments we’ve shared together.
The pigtailed snow-queen pictured above happens to be me, age 3, and I can’t wait to see my mom’s reaction Christmas morning :)
And there you have it! Sweet little personalized tags everyone will enjoy.