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It's been quite a while since my last DIY post. I had originally planned to post at least two more after my first tutorial, but my resources were at home, and I was over at Uni. Lame excuse, I know ;) I had even written a Movember-themed DIY tutorial! Hopefully next semester won't be as full-on for me, and I'll be able to write, make and take photographs for the handmade pieces I had originally planned!

ANYWAY! On Tuesday's outfit post, I mentioned that I had made my own Christmas gift tags, as I do every year, and there was a huge interest in them (: So just a quick tutorial, if you can call it that!



1. To create my Christmas gift tags, I sketched one tag on a piece of cream card, although you can use any coloured card that you like! This can be bought pretty cheaply at the likes of WHSmith, Ryman or Hobbycraft. My tag was pretty much a long rectangle with two corners snipped inwards! Cut this out and use it as your template to make as many more as needed. (:

2. Places like Hobbycraft (I could honestly live there!) and craft stores tend to stock really nice, cheap rubber stamps. My Mum and I bought loads last year for card-making and various other things that we waste our time on! Alternatively, there is always the potato method, which works just as well, if you are good at cutting your own designs! I would also recommend a sparkly, glitter based ink for your stamps.

3. Then all you need to do is stamp your design onto the tags! This year, the typography on my tags was actually designed and printed on Photoshop, using the fonts Caviar Dreams, and Pea Anna-Banana. I'm a bit of a typography geek, and am so fussy with the generic text stamps used in stores! You can go ahead and buy rubber stamps though, as there is a huge selection.

4. Punch a hole in the centre of the top of your tag, attach string or ribbon as desired and attach to your present with a bow... Et voila!


OTHER TIPS:
  • Try using your original tag template to cut out a tag shape from newspaper or patterned paper and fasten this behind your stamped tag for a lovely 'expensive look' effect.
  • Experiment with different gift tag shapes: last year I went for a round bauble shape, or you could even try a snowflake if you have the time!
  • Use that primary school method to cut out paper snowflakes and attach behind your tag for a homemade, rustic, festive touch.

24 comments

  1. These are so, so cute. Think I might just have to give them a go x

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  2. Absolutely in love with the typefaces you used! Did you just use your printer and print straight onto card? xx

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  3. Thanks so much for doing this, I'm gonna try it for all things now, birthdays, Christmas, everything xxx

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  4. thank you girls! happy tag making! (: xxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Cutest idea ever, Michelle! Wish I'd waited on making my own tags so I could've had a go at this idea! I've bookmarked it for birthdays ;-)

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  6. Love them! I bought brown parcel paper this year and stamped some designs onto the paper and used that as gift wrap. I always think presents wrapped like this stand out more under the tree x

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  7. They look really nice and are a nice added touch :) xx

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  8. such a good idea and so cute! x

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  9. LOVE these. Wish I had more time to make some! x

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  10. These are so beautiful! :)
    And I also love Hobbycraft...I'm always drawn in by their glittery embroidery threads :3

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  11. I'm definitely going to try this, I love home made things around Christmas time :) x

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  12. great post! I've already tagged all my presents ( had a whole bunch leftover from last year) but i'll definitely remember this for next time. :D

    x

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  13. awieee, thank you for all your lovely comments girls! i'm so glad you enjoyed this post (: <3

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  14. Hi Michelle!

    Just read your lovely tips about blogging and was wondering if you'd go by my blog?
    It's not in english, but most of it is visual anyway (:

    Also, can you please tell me what camera you're using right now? Thanks

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  15. These look so awesome! I do love giving presents the home made feel.

    :)

    L x

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  16. those are so pretty! happy christmas :)

    xx

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  17. i love this! it's so easy & yet very creative and so much more with love than just the tags you can buy in the stores. i'll defo do that for my Christmas gifts ;) thanks for this awesome DIY! xx

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  18. I'm now gunna try and be more creative around christmas time! Can't wait to see the other tutorials.

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  19. these are beautiful - i love tags like this. they bring back a lot of memories of a museum i used to work at. i think i'll make some and post them on by my blog - obv with a link back here. i'll drop you a line when i do x

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  20. all the lovely diy christmas posts on everyones blogs are making me so inspired. i will definetly be making the tags!
    xx
    www.katiewstyles.blogspot.com

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  21. Love these tags - quick question though: did you design your own rubber stamp or did you print directly onto the tag? If so, how on EARTH did you align the tags!!

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  22. I love this gift tags I like it. Keep posting!

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