Homemade Christmas gift tags via www.clairekcreations.com

I’m a little bit anal about my Christmas tree. There is a theme to the colours and decorations and I like all the presents to be wrapped the same and preferably coordinate with the tree. Yes call me OCD if you like. As I’m not keen on spending a fortune on wrapping etc, each year I make my own  complete with homemade Christmas gift tags. Last year I made salt dough gift tags which were a nice change and I assume biodegradable so environmentally-friendly too.

Homemade Christmas gift tags via www.clairekcreations.com

The year before it was reinbird tags which were quite a hit on Pinterest and so easy to make. This year I was a bit stuck for ideas but inspiration struck at the last minute and I came up with these simple little tags to match my gift wrap.

Homemade Christmas gift tags via www.clairekcreations.com

They were a cinch to make and I think look rather cute. The inspiration for this year’s wrapping came on a recent trip to Bunnings (of which I think there is at least one a weekend now we have a yard) where I saw the big roll of jute webbing which is meant to be used for tying trees. I thought it would be brilliant for wrapping presents. The roll of 33m set me back $10 which I think is quite reasonable when you think how expensive ribbon is.

To make the gift tags you will need:

  • white card
  • jute webbing
  • jute twine in a coordinating colour
  • scissors
  • a glue gun
  • a hole punch

Homemade Christmas gift tags via www.clairekcreations.com

The first step was cutting out all the tags. If you’re good at free-hand then just cut one and use it as a template. I had to print out a template to start with because I’m not a very good cutter.

Once you have the size, cut a piece of webbing for each tag. Work out how much string you’ll need to tie one bow then cut a piece for each tag. The trickiest (ok maybe most annoying part) is tying all the bows but I managed to do 26 and all the cutting in an episode of Hostages.

Homemade Christmas gift tags via www.clairekcreations.com

Once everything is cut out, use a hot glue gun to stick it all together. I tried with craft glue first but it just wasn’t tough enough. Just be carful pushing the jute down. Remember that it has holes in it so if you push directly where you applied the glue there will be hot-glue-to-skin-contact. I got my first ever craft burn making these.

Homemade Christmas gift tags via www.clairekcreations.com

Leave them to dry then punch a hole in each one and you will have a set of pretty little gift tags ready to tie to your presents.

What about you? Do you make your own gift tags?

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