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Miniature Frame
Gift Tags

What you will make:

Make these very special gift tags / gift enclosures by framing clip-art, small photos or pictures cut from wrapping paper and magazines. This is an easy way to personalize any gift!

Tag idea: You can delight a grandparent with a gift tag framing the smiling face of a grandchild. They can take the framed picture right off the gift and put it into their wallet.

Here's what you need:
  • Colored computer paper or cardstock
  • Small clip-art, photo or cutout from wrapping paper or magazines
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Optional: Tape, hole punch, and ribbon

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Miniature Frame Gift Tags

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose the size of gift tag you want to make. Print the selected pattern on colored paper or cardstock. The framed gift tags are offered in three sizes. The largest tag size works with a 2½" picture, the medium size with a 2" image, and the small size frames a 1½" picture.

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's Crafts project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select "Auto-Rotate and Center" or "Choose paper source by PDF page size" to ensure the best fit.

Cut out pattern and center square Step 2: Cut Tags

Cut each tag on its black rectangular outline. Cut out the square in the middle of the tag pattern.

Tip: With straight cuts and square corners, the tags will fit together better.

Cut a small picture, piece of clip-art or photo to display in the frame. For the larger frame, cut the picture a bit larger than 2½", for the medium frame 2", and for the small frame 1½".

Step 3: Score and Fold

Score the tag on the two dashed lines. Fold, then unfold, on the scored lines.

Score dashed lines then fold
Step 4: Assemble Tag

Glue the picture to the inside of the frame. Fold the shorter side over the back of the picture and glue in place. Fold the framed photo over to make the tag cover.

Assemble mini-frame gift tag

Write your message on the inside of the tag. Attach it to the gift package with tape or glue; or, you could punch a hole for ribbon.

Tip: Use a framed tag as a miniature photo album by folding the blank side over to cover the photo. Decorate the cover with a sticker or a message. Give it to someone special or carry it with you in your pocket, wallet or purse.

Your gift tags are done!
Assortment of miniature frame gift tags

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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!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Janet LaFara for the giraffe artwork images used in the sample tags, and thanks to Betty LaFara for the pictures of her little quilts.

Giraffe mini-frame gift tag on gift box

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Tip: A framed black and white image makes a nice gift tag.

Marbled paper mini-frame gift tags

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Tip: Cut up scraps of patterned paper or wrapping paper to make mini-frame gift tags.

Three sizes of tags

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Tip: Make the tag in the size that fits your gift or picture.

Set of small gift tags

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Tip: Make coordinating tags for your gifts by using images from the same picture source.

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