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Friday Fun Gift Wrapping Crafts

Make Gift Tags from Recycled Cards

What you will make:

Recycle greeting cards and paper scraps into fun and unique gift tags. The whole family can join in on the cutting and pasting to make these special additions to your holiday gifts. The tags can even be grouped into packages for sale at a Christmas bazaar or for a fundraiser.

This is a good craft for family, classroom or group craft time. Have the children collect old cards from home or any old printed material with a holiday theme.

Related crafts: Use old cards to make Recycled Greeting Cards or Milk and Cookie Placemats.

Here's what you need:
  • Old greeting cards
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: Decorative edge scissors or old pinking shears
  • Scraps of cardstock and paper
  • Hole punch
  • String or crochet cotton

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

How to Make Gift Tags from Recycled Materials

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Gather old greeting cards, calendars and/or magazines to be cut up. Dig into your stash of craft leftovers for cardstock and paper scraps to back your gift tags.

Step 2: Cut Out Images

Cut out gift tag-sized images from old greeting cards, calendars and magazines. Cut each image in a rounded or square shape, or closely cut the image, leaving a small border. Let the image, and what's around it, be your guides in choosing the best way to cut it.

Tip: Some images work best when closely cut with a small border around the image.

Step 3: Glue

Glue the image to a scrap of cardstock or paper of a coordinating color. Use a double thickness if you are using paper as the tag background.

Step 4: Trim

Trim the background cardstock or paper to a tag shape of your choosing. Cut the tag shape freehand or trace a template.

Tip: For a special touch, use decorative edge scissors or old pinking shears to cut the background.

Step 5: Add Tie

Punch a hole near the top of the tag and thread a loop of string through the hole. Put the tail of the string through the loop and pull it tight.

Tip: Crochet cotton makes good ties and comes in a wide variety of colors.

Extra: Want to make cool reindeer gift tags like the ones shown in the instructions? Download the image from the web—search for clip art using the keywords reindeer sunglasses.

Make lots of tags for all occasions so you always have some on hand.

That's it! You are done!
Gift tags with images from old greeting cards

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Back of gift tags showing white rectangles for writing messages

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Tip: On gift tags made from dark colors, glue white cardstock to the back for writing names and messages.

Polar bear gift tags with pinked edges

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Tip: Cut the gift tags with decorative edge scissors.

Star and oval shaped gift tags

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Tip: Use templates to cut tags in special shapes.

These tags were made with Aunt Annie's oval patterns and star patterns.

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