It’s December 18th. One week until Christmas. If you haven’t started wrapping gifts yet, then it’s officially TIME. I enjoy wrapping presents, and I love adding special handmade touches, but the activity often gets lost in the clutter of a million other things to do. This year I’m making a conscious effort to make time for holiday activities I love, so today I’d like to share some ideas for festive and easy gift tags. They’ll add a special finishing touch to your gifts, and a set of them would make a great hostess gift for your remaining holiday parties! So let’s pour some eggnog, crank up the holiday tunes, and have some crafty fun together!
I have three pieces of sanity-saving advice for you as you make holiday tags, but these tips apply to any last minute crafting that’s on your list.
Keep it simple. Use simple products, and simple techniques. Pull together a kit from your craft supplies, including cardstock, patterned paper (even scraps are perfect for tag-making) plus a few (seriously – a FEW) holiday appropriate stamps, and dies. Limiting ourselves is difficult, but you’ll be less overwhelmed with fewer decisions to make! I kept these Christmas tree tags simple and striking using only cardstock, a few stamps, and just a tiny bit of bling.
Focus on mass production. Think of tag production as a whole, rather than creating one tag at a time. Die-cut or trim all the tags at once, then trim all the patterned paper, etc. This is a perfect way to invite friends or family to join in the fun, and each of you can tackle one step in the process, while getting creative together. I loved using up bits and pieces of paper to create these gift tags. Using paper from one collection made it easy because I knew it would all match!
This is the most important sanity-saver. Enjoy yourself. Sometimes we get so busy that things which used to be fun, just aren’t fun anymore. This holiday season I’m remembering to breathe. To enjoy. To let go of things that don’t matter. Being creative and sharing handmade projects with those I love is important to me and I won’t allow it to get lost in the shuffle. Give yourself permission to focus on what’s important to you, whether it’s making tags, baking a pie, or reading books by the fire.
Be merry, my friends!
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
PS I started a Wrap It and Tag It! Pinterest board just for you, filled with fabulous tag inspiration, plus tag-making products I love, and even printable tags that you can whip up in seconds. Happy tag-making!