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How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday Cards


One of the most classic parts of the holiday season is the giving and receiving of holiday cards . It’s a special treat to see all of the colorful and happy greetings on display, but what do you with them once the holiday season ends? Throwing them away can be difficult, and can even bring a feeling of guilt for some of us! This year, why not turn those holiday cards into something really useful- gift tags for next year’s gifts!

Start by collecting all of the holiday cards you’ve received, and select those that are decorated with festive designs and messages you like best. It’s best to keep an open and creative mind when choosing cards… and yes, you can even use photo cards for this craft! (*Tip- Be sure there is not any writing on the opposite side of the design, otherwise there will be no where to add your “to” and “from” later on!)

Once you have your cards picked out, follow these simple steps and turn your holiday cards into gift tags that will be perfect to use on gifts during next year’s holidays.

First, cut off the section of the card with the design or message that you want to use for the gift tag.







Next, snip off the edges create a cute gift tag design. (*Tip- try using craft scissors to create fun edges!)







Then, put a hole through the top of the tag with a hole punch for the ribbon.








Now you can thread a festive ribbon through the hole. (*Tip- try using yarn for an extra-special handmade look!)







 Finally, when you’re ready to use your gift tag,  just flip it over and write in your “To” and “From” on the back.







Everyone will love to receive your handmade gift tags, and you’ll love the feeling of putting those cards to good use after the season. Check out some “before” and “after” photos of gift tags we made from Cardstore cards, and then go give it a try!

Don’t forget to save your newly created gift tags with the rest of your holiday wrapping paper to add to gifts for next year! Will you try this fun and simple craft? Tell us about it below!




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