There is nothing like a gift given with them little personal touches to show that its bearer has put real thought into it.
I think that gifts should always be wrapped with tender loving care and I therefore like to wrap my Christmas gifts to friends and family in a homemade style.
To do this I simply wrap in pretty tissue paper and tie with beautiful coordinating ribbon, before finishing with my very own handmade gift tags to give it that extra special personalised magic touch.
Here’s what you will need to make any of the styles I’ve created for this post.
2 different colour card scrapes) as to create two square embellishments for your tags)
Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter in gold and silver
Some small gold bead balls
Selection of ribbon to complement tag colours (I used cream, black, pale blue, orange/gold)
Small length of thin black ribbon (enough to tie into a bow)
A5 Silver card or another colour of you’re choice (A5 will give you 4 tags per sheet)
Silver card for the tags star unless you wish to use any other colour or patterned card (half of A5 size works fine)
A5 Gold card (or colour of choice)
A5 Shimmery cream card (or colour of choice)
A5 Glittery patterned blue & white card (other colours are fine but be sure the pattern contains that of small flowers or even better, snow flakes)
A5 Glittery leopard print card (for heart tag)
Tag Template (or draw & cut out your own)
Heart template (or you can draw this free hand like myself)
Glossy Decopatch Vanish or Mod Podge
Scissors or precision knife (I use the latter)
Firstly select your card which should be of reasonable good quality in a medium thickness.
Use your tag template to draw around and transfer to whichever card designs you have opted for. I used gold, silver, shimmery cream and a piece of blue and white glittery patterned card as listed above. Tip… Use a pencil to do this as it allows you to rub out any lines later on. Note, all my card was pain white on one side making it easy to trace the template and later write your message. Lastly don’t forget to make out where the tags hole will need to be.
You will then need your leopard print card or other! On the plain side, draw a heart shape. You can draw around a heart template if you have one or like myself, draw it free hand.
Now using either scissors or a precision knife (which I used) cut out all your gift tags.
Once complete, use a hole punch to punch a hole in each of your tags. For your regular shaped tags punch a hole at the top centre of the tag a cm from the edge. As for the heart tag, punch your hole a few cms from the edge on the top right hand side.
Decorate each tag using the different instructions below for each.
Use two different designs of card to cut out the shape of one small and one big square. Be sure to ensure these are no wider than your tag. See the silver tag below for a visual idea on required size.
Use glue dots to Secure the squares to the centre of the tag ensuring they are at a slight angle with the smaller square slightly over lapping the larger squares top left hand corner (see image for further clarification).
Now use gold Pic-Tixx 3D glitter to boarder around the hole of your tag as well as to create a cross on one of your squares. Now use silver Pic-Tixx for the remaining square. This should now resemble two ribbon wrapped gifts.The Pic-Tixx should be shaken and tested first as to make sure it isn’t coming out too watery. If this is the case keep applying pressure to the tube in till it thickens up.
Take two tiny gold beads and place in the centre of each square pressing gently into the Pic-Tixx glitter. Now place your tag to one side to dry.
Gold Letter Tag
For the gold tag use gold Pic-Tixx glitter to boarder the tag all the way around its edges. Now boarder the hole like you did for the silver tag. In the centre of your tag write the letter of the gift recipients first name in the Pic-Tixx silver glitter (the Pic-Tixx precision nib makes this simple to achieve).
Use four of the tiny gold beads to decorate the four corners of the tag. The Pic-Tixx glitter boarder will act as the glue needed to hold the beads in place. You can now place your gold tag to one side to dry.
Blue & white Glitter Tag
For this tag you should have selected any patterned card featuring small flowers or better still snow flakes.
Use the silver Pic-Tixx glitter to randomly draw around some of the flowers or snow flakes (see pic for clarification).
Now use the gold Pic-Tixx to boarder your tags hole (as you have done for previous tags).
Now take some of the gold beads and place them in the centre of the glittered Pic-Tixx flowers or snowflakes. If any of your Pic-Tixx flowers or snow flakes are located at the edge of your tag only exposing small areas of the design then reframe from adding beads. As you can see I just added three beads to the pattern in the tags centre.
Now place with your other tags to dry.
Shimmery Cream Tag
Cut two similar sized triangles from your silver card, ensuring they are no larger or wider than your tag (see image of mine for visual instructions).
With glue dots secure the triangles to the centre of the tag as to create the symbol of a star (one triangle is placed upside down on top of the other to create this effect).
Use the gold Pic-Tix Glitter to write the the first letter of your gift recipients name In the centre of your star and again boarder your tags hole.
Place one gold bead at one of the letters edges allowing the Pic-Tixx to secure it in place.
Place your tag with the others to allow to dry.
Leopard Print Heart Tag
Bring forward your leopard print heart tag and with a precision knife with a small tip cut out two tiny oval shapes at the centre top of tag (see precise location in the image of this tag)
Once you have taken the above step, use the gold Pic-Tixx glitter to boarder the tags edges and that of the oval shaped cut outs and tags hole.
Now randomly add the tiny gold beads around the tags boarder (see image)
Lastly, place your tag with all the other decorated tags and allow to dry.
Tags will normally be fully dry in around 3 hours, in some cases quicker depending on the drying location. Mine took around an hour but I left a little longer as to be sure.
Once all tags are dry cover the designs in Decopatch glossy glue or shimmery Mod Podge. If using using Decopatch Glue add some ultra fine silver glitter dust (just a pinch). Glue will dry clear giving the tags a professional and durable finish.
Again tags can take anything from an hour to three hours to dry. You will know when the process is complete as the tags will look shiny and the glue would have dried clear. I like to do this part before bed so I know my tags will be fully dried by morning.
Now add hole reinforcers to the back of your tags hole to ensure its extra strong.
Use the thin black ribbon to thread through the two oval cutouts on the leopard print heart tag. Then to finish tie the tread into a bow cutting off any excess.
Now thread your chosen ribbon through the hole of all your tags. You can make a loop by securing ribbon to the back of the card or leave ribbon hanging so it can be attached, allowing tag to dangle from gift.
Messages written on gift tags look extra special when they have been wrote in glittery or metallic gel pens.
Would love to help about everyone else’s festive craft ideas, so feel free to share.
Pic-Tixx – Baker Ross Ltd
Card – eBay
Tiny Gold Beads – HobbyCraft
Ribbon – Baker Ross Ltd