Recently I have really wanted to get crafty. When I was at Uni I was always making, drawing, designing and sewing but since graduating I have found it really hard to get back into that mindset. I decided to start a little series of Christmas craft tutorials as I love the festive season and think that home-made gifts and decorations are much better than shop bought ones! So here we go
Holidays are Coming Part 1 - Homemade Gift Tags
In my family I am the queen of gift wrapping! I love finding pretty paper, ribbons and tags and making the presents look beautiful. This year I am trying something a little different but still hoping I will keep my title! We always tend to recycle old Christmas cards into tags by cutting them up and hole-punching a little hole in the top but this time I decided to make my own. Here is what you will need: -
(great excuse to eat some Quality Streets....)
After gathering all your supplies you need to decide on what design you want on you tags. I chose traditional Christmassy things of a present, a Christmas Tree, a cracker, some baubles and some stars. draw the designs on you tags, I put my in the corner so I would have had enough room to write my festive message. Make sure you choose designs that work well as a silhouette as you will be cutting out the shapes.
Next take your safety ruler and craft knife and carefully cut out the designs. You will need 2 luggage tags per Christmas tag so you will need to cut out the same design twice.
Next decide on the colour you want you design to be. Pick you sweetie label and cut a small square that just covers the edges of the cut out.
Carefully apply a little PVA around the edges of the cut out (as the wrapper is so thin it only needs a small amount of glue) and lay the wrapper over the hole. Gently press it into place and leave to dry for a couple of minutes.
Lastly cover the label with more PVA (being careful not to get any on the cut out) and sandwich the labels together. I then placed the tags between 2 heavy books and left them over night to fully dry. Pop some string or ribbon through the hole on the top and you are ready to use the tags!
They have a lovely stained glass effect and are a great excuse to eat some yummy chocolate :) I would love to see if anyone else tries this idea - I think it would also work really well with Christmas cards or decorations!