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
Related crafts: Use old cards to make
Recycled Greeting Cards
or Milk and Cookie Placemats.
Here's what you need:
- Old greeting cards
- 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
- 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!
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