Recent Posts

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Free gift tags!

Now that I have your attention, I'd like to say that I have not purchased gift tags in many years. I create tags from the stack of Christmas cards we receive in the mail. You don't have to be green with envy. I'll show you how to make your own.




First I slip on my elf shoes. I love these shoes and its the only time of year I can wear them without attracting strange looks. But, you can skip this step.



Next, sift through your pile of cards. Sadly, a few will not make the cut and will go into the circular file. A few examples are shown below.


Grab a puncher and go to town. Does anyone else place their puncher up side down so that they can see what they are punching out?


Even the cards that have writing on their interiors get punched. Later on they will be made into really cute tags.


Ever send out photo's? You can even cut off the photo card holders and reuse (reduce, recycle :) .




So there you have it, free gift tags!

32 comments :

Mildred said...

You always have the best ideas and I CAN DO this one!!! Happy New Year Laura!

Neabear said...

That is great! I have saved cards that I use for that. It is time for me to go through them again and make some order out all the mess of several years of cards.

Carrie said...

I really like this concept, using the punch to selectively cut out various images from the cards. I expecially enjoyed seeing the tags from the nativity card, each featuring a different character.
Thanks for the tutorial.
seasons greetings!
Carrie

BrineS said...

Thanks, Laura! This is a great idea! And, yes, I also turn the puncher over to see what I am punching out...great minds think alike! :)

Deborah @ Comfort Joy Designs
comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com
comfortjoydesigns{AT}gmail{DOT}com

Bobbi Jo said...

Laura,
First of all I love the shoes they are darling and look great on your feet. Second what a fun and pretty idea. So useful and way inexpensive. Love it! Thank you for sharing with us.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Lisa said...

Wow, I like this idea. Thanks for posting it. I know my daughter will enjoy making tags with me.

Miss Linda said...

Oh my goodness, Laura!! You are a genius!! I've long suspected that, but now you have proven it! Not only that, but you are a genius in really cute elf shoes!

I can't wait to tell everyone I know about your idea.

Geri said...

Great ideas!

Ginny said...

I punch like that as well :)

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Wonderful idea :) I need a puncher outer.

Gina said...

I make my own gift tags too, but I never thought of using christmas cards to do it, great idea. Those look great. Happy holidays to you!

Andrea said...

I was just thinking about doing a project with my Christmas cards.

Where do you buy the puncher?

Thanks for posting

Andrea

The Old Dairy said...

Great idea but better shoes.Happy New Year!!!!

Paula said...

Great idea! Now I need a few punches and I'm set. I have enough cards saved to make tags to last for the rest of my life. This will be fun, quick, and easy.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hi Andrea,

There was no site or email address listed for you. I hope you'll see this.

You can find punchers at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Joann's and many scapbooking stores.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth said...

I make my own tags and cards from old cards. I also flip my punch over to see what's going on!

creative gal said...

I love this idea!!

Karena said...

Laura, What a lovely idea. I am always looking for ideas that are creative, yet fairly simple! Visit me when you have time!

Gina said...

My voting links should be corrected now on my post, thank you for your support!

starsfault said...

My somn was aobut 5 years old when we began making tags like this. We'd cut out our tag from the best cards and put glitter on the edges, with a ribbon through the hole punch at the top - what a wonderful mess. He's 25 now, and isn't interested in projects like this anymore, but does like that I still make our gift tags the same as when he was little.

I used to make them just before Christmas, but this year, I think I'll make them early, maybe as a post-Christmas project.

Happy New Year ~ From Eileen and the Beautiful Starry Girl.

Coastal Sisters said...

Laura...those shoes are just fabulous...I just adore them :)

Thank you so much for the tutorial on the tags.

LuLu Kellogg

carolinagirl said...

Great idea! I should have read this before I went out and bought some on clearance today!!!

Miss Sandy said...

Cute elf shoes! Great tag ideas!

Connie said...

Too cute!! What a great idea. I must try this when I'm needing a craft during the year.

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm so glad you did this tutorial (by the way, I WANT the shoes!). I used to make the tags from cards but never thought to use the punches and I have a lot from scrapbooking. Thanks so much for the ideas!
Jane

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

WEIRD -- I just did this today!!! I finally did our old cards and will do this year's in a couple days. I had so much fun doing it and am going to blog about it too. Oh, and yes, I do it upside down. AND we have the card on the left you did NOT use. I got them from Goodwill for my husband to give to his friends. He didn't bite. :)

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Fabulous Ideas!

Liz said...

These are so cute. I have actually done this too! : ) I also made little round ornaments out of them. They look vintage and homemade! : )

Hope your enjoying your holiday!
~Liz

Shimmy Mom said...

What a WONDERFUL idea. I am so doing this from now on.
*hugs*

Shimmy Mom said...

P.S. I lOVE your elf shoes and I hope you had a great Christmas!
*hugs*

Elyse said...

love it! great idea. thanks!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Fabulous blog! I love the punching the cards idea. THanks for being such an inspiration!

All the best,
Judy