Happy Friday! Friyay! TGIF! Can we tell I'm a little over-excited about this weekend?! We're having a birthday party for my beautiful friend Anna this weekend, the first snow of the season fell here in Colorado yesterday, and I have 3 Christmas-y DIY projects that I finally get to start! Not to mention, once the weekend is over, I only have 2 days of work before heading to FLORIDA! Now I just need to do laundry and get packing.....
In the meantime, YOU all will get to enjoy learning how to make these awesome holiday gift tags from our special guest poster: Chelsea from The Johnsons Plus Dog! These tags are handmade, super stinkin' cute, easy to make and will save you money! Is there any better type of DIY?! I don't think so. Take it away Chelsea!
Hi everyone! Chelsea here from The Johnsons Plus Dog and I'm so excited to be joining you today. I know many believe that the Christmas season doesn't start until after Thanksgiving (I for one!), but this year I've made a lofty goal for myself. I would like to finish our holiday shopping by the end of November! I think by getting the shopping wrapped up early I will be able to really enjoy the holiday season and try to eliminate some of the added stress it tends to bring.
So, that means I have...t-minus 12 days. WOW! I'm getting closer and I think I may get it done. My 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide series helped get me in the holiday shopping spirit. I've picked up all of the gifts for the coffee addicts in my life, babies, farmhouse friends and I even spoiled our dog.
Once you finish your holiday shopping, the fun begins - wrapping! Even if you stayed within a holiday shopping budget, after you've purchased all your gifts, the last thing that you want to do is spend more money on gift tags! Today I'm going to show you 3 different kinds of a DIY Christmas tree gift tag using a tree punch and fun Christmas patterned paper.
Simple Christmas Tree Gift Tag
The first Christmas tree gift tag is super simple. All you need to do is punch out the tree from your patterned paper and brown kraft paper (you'll use this for the back of the tag).
I like to make a bunch at one time. So many fun Christmas patterns, right?
Apply the glue to the paper and twirl your bakers twine on the top of the paper. Next, just line the papers together and press together.
Ta da! I told you it was simple.
You can write in the to and from on the back side of the gift tag on the kraft paper.
Kraft Paper Christmas Tree Gift Tag with Stamped Sentiment
The next one is almost just as simple, I promise.
I usually make my own kraft paper tags, but you can buy them too! I'm just too cheap for that! :) To make them, you just cut a rectangle 4''x2'', cut off the corners and punch a hole in the top.
I use small foam squares on the back of the tree and apply to the kraft paper tag.
For this Christmas tree gift tag, put the tree near the top of the tag so you have plenty of room at the bottom for your stamped sentiment. The foam squares give it some dimension and really make it pop, don't you think?
Next stamp your tag. I used black pigment ink with these fun Christmas stamps.
I also apply ink to the edges of the paper by just running the stamp pad on the edge. I love the rustic look it adds. Next, loop your baker's twine through the hole. Don't forget to knot the ends of the twine so it doesn't unravel.
DIY Christmas Tree Gift Tag with Embossed Snow
For this one I had to bring out my embossing tools and I had so much fun. I don't emboss very often because it can get messy but I always have so much fun when I do.
You'll start with a black paper tag this time. I made these the same size as the kraft paper ones that I used in the previous tag.
Next, draw in the area that you want to be snow with an embossing pen. I use the Tsukineko Dual-Ended VersaMarker Pen.
Shake white power over the end of the tag. I use this awesome Tidy Tray to help keep down on the mess that comes along with embossing. Tap off any excess embossing powder into tray.
Heat with your embossing heat tool until the powder turns into a glazed-looking carpet of snow.
To finish things off, just add your punched paper tree using foam squares and add the bakers twine to the top, just like we did on the kraft paper tag.
Simple as that! I had blast today showing you three different Christmas tree gift tags using a tree paper punch. Which one is your favorite?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hi, I'm Chelsea and I'm the author of The Johnsons Plus Dog, where we will teach, share, vent, ask questions, walk you through the wedding planning process from beginning to end, tell you all about our wedding day, document our first home renovation, give you awesome lists and tips about all things regarding our homemade DIY life and share with you the struggles and realities of parenting. This will be an outlet for me to write and document our life and hopefully a place you can come to relax, kick back and do a craft or two with me. We promise to keep you entertained with a fair share of pictures of our dog, Gannon, because he’s just plain funny.
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Happy Holidays everyone and thank you to Chelsea for getting us all in the Christmas spirit with her beautiful, handmade, DIY gift tags!