I originally thought I would save this post for closer to Christmas, but if some of you are like me, your inherent need to make lists and plan starts to overwhelm you this time of year. I admit, it’s still too early to put up Christmas decorations, crank the ”NSYNC Christmas album or even drink peppermint mochas but for those that have already done all the things I just listed, I don’t judge. There is no shame in a peppermint mocha-loving, ‘NSYNC fan. I should know. 🙂
To kick off our holiday planning this year, I started by making personalized Christmas gift tags.
These tags are really easy to make and need just a few supplies.
To make these Christmas tags, you will need:
- Sticker paper, a ink jet printer and scissors. I bought our sticker paper at Staples. It is the cheapest I could find.
- Craft paper that you can find at Michaels, Jo Ann Fabrics or A.C. Moore. You can use two-sided or one-sided craft paper. I chose both to see how they would look.
- Ribbon to hang the tags. I found this ribbon at Michaels.
- A circle punch, which you can find at Michaels. This is the super size which is 2.5 inches. It works really well for cutting big circles.
To make the tags, I started by designing a template in Adobe InDesign for the smaller personalized circles. You can also use other programs such as Pages or Microsoft Word. Before I printed my template, I lightly outlined the circles so I could see where to cut them. Then I printed the circles on to the sticker paper using an ink jet printer.
After you print the small circles on to the sticker paper, use the paper punch to cut out a larger circle from the craft paper.
Next, neatly cut out your circles from the sticker paper. Remove the sticker backing and place the small circle sticker in the middle of your large craft paper circle.
Use a hole punch to create the hole for the ribbon. I used one punch of a three-hole punch.
Then, cut a piece of ribbon and loop it through the hole and tie it together at the end.
And there you have it! A fun gift tag for your Christmas gifts.
These tags are also great for wine bottles. If you are bringing wine to Thanksgiving dinner, you can make a few of these tags. They would even be fun with sayings like “Happy Harvest” or “Give Thanks.” Last year I made napkin rings with fun Thanksgiving sayings on them that you could use for the wine tags.
You could also give some wine for Christmas with these tags and perhaps use a ribbon or two to wrap the bottle.
The Christmas craft paper I chose is two-sided so it’s even fun when you turn the tag around.
Another project I started early this year was our Christmas cards. I bought a Groupon for Zazzle.com and designed our cards on their Web site. I don’t want to give too much away before the holidays, but the cards already here and I can’t wait to send them!
Have you started your Christmas gift planning and projects already? What fun projects do you have in store this year?